Love-struck couples across the land have opted to delay their nuptials in 2020, hoping that the ‘old normal’ will return next year.
But no such hesitancy has afflicted the Marquess of Worcester, 31, and his fiancée, Lucy Yorke-Long, 34, who, I can disclose, took the plunge at the weekend.
It helped, of course, that they had the perfect venue at their disposal — Badminton House, the sumptuous Gloucestershire family seat inherited by Bobby Worcester’s father, ‘Bunter’, when he succeeded as the 12th Duke of Beaufort following his own father’s death in 2017.
The couple, who got engaged last October, were obliged to trim back their guest list to just the closest members of their families and a handful of friends — even though Badminton boasts 40 bedrooms.
The Marquess of Worcester, 31, and his fiancée, Lucy Yorke-Long, 34, pictured on horseback on their wedding day over the weekend
The bride wore a stunning floor length white gown with a silver tiara for the occasion and carried a bouquet of blue and pink flowers.
The flower girls, which included Lucy’s nieces, the daughters of sister Aalish Yorke, who is the Managing Director of Retail at Soho House.
The youngsters donned smart white dresses with blue bowed sashes and carried coordinated floral posies.
Meanwhile the page boys wore matching outfits, opting for white collared shirts with coordinating blue shorts.
They had the perfect venue at their disposal — Badminton House, the sumptuous Gloucestershire family seat inherited by Bobby Worcester’s father, ‘Bunter’. Pictured: The happy couple pose for a photograph on their wedding day
The happy couple changed outfits into matching navy jackets and jodphurs after the ceremony.
The new Marquess and Marchioness embarked on married life on horseback, riding off across the family estate — but not before Lucy had tossed her bridal bouquet into the air.
It was caught by Bobby’s sister, Bella, 29, who has recently found love with Santiago Santos, a Mexican lawyer with whom she saddled up while leading a trek across Nepal.
Last year bride Lucy told the Diary: ‘We met through mutual friends at a party. It was very random.
‘Bobby and I were seated next to each other at a dinner. The person who put us next to each other would claim it was a set-up but, who knows, it might have just been luck.’
The couple, who got engaged last October, were obliged to trim back their guest list to just the closest members of their families and a handful of friends — even though Badminton boasts 40 bedrooms. Bobby’s sister, Bella, 29, caught the bouquet
The Marquess of Worcester stands to inherit his father’s estimated £315 million fortune, which includes the 52,000-acre estate in Gloucestershire.
Former estate agent Lucy, the daughter of a divorce mediator, is perfectly equipped to fit in.
‘She’s a smasher — with a ready smile and a warm welcome,’ a friend tells me. ‘And she loves riding.’
Bunter Beaufort, the father of the groom, married journalist Georgia Powell two years ago after divorcing his eco-crusader wife Tracy.
Lucy Yorke-Long (left) become engaged to one of Britain’s most eligible men, Bobby Worcester, heir to the Duke of Beaufort (pictured right with his mother Tracy) last October
He previously revealed he was ‘absolutely delighted’ at the match’.
Family friend Taki, the indefatigable playboy, assures me that whatever the wedding may have lacked in numbers, it will have made up for in style.
‘You never have a bad time at Badminton,’ he tells me.
‘It was fun under Bunter’s father and it was certainly fun last year at the ball Bunter gave,’ adds Taki, who has known Bobby since he was born.
The couple were met with delight when they announced their engagement in October last year.
Bobby’s mother, the Duke’s ex-wife, Tracy Worcester, said she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ at the pairing.
She told me at the time: ‘My kids and I are thrilled to have Lucy as part of our family – we all adore her.
‘She is sunny, intelligent and thoughtful – a joy to be with. Lucky Bobby.’