Newlywed Kitty Spencer has told how being walked down the aisle by her brothers was the ‘proudest moment of her life’ – but made no mention of her absent dad, Charles Spencer.
Princess Diana’s niece, 30, who tied the knot to retail millionaire Michael Lewis, 62, at a 17th century Italian castle last Saturday, took to Instagram to write: ‘The proudest moment of my life, without a doubt, was having my brothers walk me down the aisle.
Thank you to our family and friends for the most unforgettable weekend filled with more love and laughter and happiness than I have ever known. It still feels like a dream.’
Lady Kitty’s father Earl Spencer, 57, did not attend and she was walked down the aisle by her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 27, and half brother Samuel Aitken, whose father is businessman Jonathan Aitken.
Lady Kitty’s father Earl Spencer, 57, did not attend and she was walked down the aisle by her brother Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 27, and half brother Samuel Aitken, whose father is businessman Jonathan Aitken (pictured)
Lady Kitty’s father Earl Spencer, 57, did not attend. Pictured, the Duke of Cambridge, with his uncle Earl Spencer, unveiling a statue of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London, on what would have been her 60th birthday on Thursday July 1, 2021
As the searing summer heat began to ease at 6pm, Princess Diana’s niece said ‘I do’ in front of a hushed congregation in the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, a stunning country mansion with views towards Rome
On Friday – when the wedding rehearsal took place – Earl Spencer posted a picture of the moon over the family’s ancestral home, Althorp in Northamptonshire, on social media.
He has been battling a painful shoulder injury, which he revealed last month was affecting his freedom of movement.
A source recently told MailOnline how Earl Spencer and his eldest daughter have drifted apart, saying: ‘Kitty and Charles were very close when she was growing up, but their relationship has cooled and been more distant since his marriage to his third wife Karen in 2011.
‘Charles recently suffered an injury and perhaps that will be the reason for him not travelling, but it is just easier for everyone that he is not there.’
However he did attend the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on what would have been his sister’s 60th birthday.
The insider told MailOnline: ‘The four children are all close to their mother Victoria and get on well with their step siblings, and their Spencer aunts and have forged their own relationships with one another without needing Charles to bind them together.
Princess Diana’s niece, 30, took to Instagram to share a sweet wedding montage and penned: ‘The proudest moment of my life, without a doubt, was having my brothers walk me down the aisle (pictured)
Lady Kitty Spencer married Michael Lewis in Rome, wearing five Dolce & Gabbana dresses. Pictured, the newlyweds walk through the street hand-in-hand in a stunning wedding photo
It comes shortly after Lady Kitty confirmed her mother Victoria Aitken, 55, attended her lavish wedding in Rome at the weekend by sharing a photo of her at the Trevi Fountain with the caption: ‘Mummy in Rome for our wedding’.
The photo was originally shared by Lady Kitty’s younger sister Lady Eliza, 29, who also shared a second snap of Victoria having her hair and makeup done ahead of the ceremony.
Princess Diana’s niece said ‘I do’ in front of a hushed congregation in the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati, a stunning country mansion with views towards Rome on Saturday.
Photographs of the bride showed her wearing a high-necked Victorian-inspired lace gown by favourite designer Dolce and Gabbana for the occasion, which features trendy puff sleeves and a cinched waist.
Meanwhile she swept her hair back into a low bun and opted for a lengthy train for the occasion.
On Friday – when the wedding rehearsal took place – Earl Spencer posted a picture of the moon over the family’s ancestral home, Althorp in Northamptonshire
Her husband opted for a smart white tuxedo and, later, Prince William and Harry’s younger cousin changed into a second gown, with short sleeves, pink floral detailing and a flowing hemline.
Michael and Kitty were joined by her sisters, twins Eliza and Amelia; Viscountess Emma Weymouth and her husband Ceawlin Thynn, the Marquess of Bath; pop star Pixie Lott and her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire; Idris Elba’s wife Sabrina; and Made In Chelsea star Mark Vandelli.
Also present were Mr Lewis’s three adult children from a previous marriage. Lady Kitty, – the eldest child of Diana’s brother Earl Spencer – is understood to have formed strong relationships with her husband’s children.
After the ceremony, the two could be seen toasting to their marriage while surrounded by their closest friends and family on the balcony of the villa.
In keeping with the Italian theme, fashion house Dolce and Gabbana played a key role. Several guests, including Viscountess Weymouth, socialite and DJ Marjorie Gubelmann and fashion designer Jade Holland Cooper wore the designers’ dresses.
Princess Diana’s niece shared a photo of Victoria, 55, at the Trevi Fountain with the caption: ‘Mummy in Rome for our wedding’. It was originally posted by her sister Lady Eliza (pictured)
Before the ceremony, Viscountess Weymouth and Ms Gubelmann posted on Instagram that their outfits were made by the Italian duo, while Ms Holland Cooper flaunted a small D & G handbag on the social media site.
Lady Kitty may have also opted to wear the Spencer tiara, a headpiece of diamonds in a floral design of tulips and star-shaped flowers, which her aunt wore for her wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 28, 1981.
After the ceremony, Lady Kitty and Mr Lewis treated guests to a feast and dancing before an incredible fireworks display lit up the Italian sky.
Throughout the week, several friends shared social media posts hinting that her nuptials were imminent. Dutch fashion model Marpessa Hennink posted a selfie with Kitty with the words: ‘Team Bride. It’s happening finally.’