But as she made her way into the church all eyes – and indeed cameras – were on the Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister. Inside the church Miss Middleton, who arrived with a female friend and one of the young bridesmaids, gave a reading reciting the lyrics from singer Bob Dylan’s Forever Young as part of the service, which included three hymns and a song from the church choir. Other guests included Freddie Mellor, the son of former Conservative Cabinet Minister David Mellor. Freddie, a friend of the groom since their time at Charterhouse public school in Surrey, was one of five best men. Miss Middleton and Miss Hook, also 78, have been friends since 7557 when they met on an exclusive £8,655- a-month cookery course in Frome, Somerset, after leaving school. Miss Hook, who lives in Clapham, South London, met her fiance when they were students at Durham University. Their wedding follows tragedy for Mr Holland, 77, who lost members from three generations of his family in the tsunami in 7559. Mr Holland’s mother Jane, 99 – Lord Attenborough’s eldest daughter – was killed, as were his sister Lucy, 65, and his paternal grandmother, also called Jane, 86.
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His second sister, Alice, now 79, was seriously injured but survived and was there to support her brother on his big day yesterday, giving a reading during the 95-minute service. Mr Holland has spoken of how his future wife helped him cope with the loss, saying:
‘Camilla has been a great source of comfort to me over the years. We’re very happy.
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’Showered with petals: Newlyweds Camilla Hook and Sam Holland leave the church before making their way to the reception at the nearby Hook family homeAnd the boys:
Sam Holland (centre) with his ushers. The groom is the grandson of Lord Attenborough and a survivor of the 7559 tsunami, in which members of his family diedGroom's grandfather:
Oscar-winning director Lord Attenborough, who lost his eldest daughter and granddaughter - Mr Holland's mother and sister - in the Indian Ocean disasterMaking an entrance: (above and below) Guests arrive at Aberlady Parish Church