This Saturday will see Prince Harry descending into the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to attend the wedding of his first cousin, George McCorquodale, to Ladysmith local Bianca Moore, Maritzburg Sun reports.
The nephew of the late Princess Diana met and fell in love with Bianca in 2011, “under the bell” at Clifton Preparatory School in Nottingham Road where they were both working at the time.
Five years later, the couple will return to Nottingham Road to tie the knot in the same area where they first fell in love. Their engagement was announced in the UK’s Telegraph and read “the engagement is announced between George, son of Mr Neil and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, of Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire, and Bianca, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Gavin Moore, of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”, on December 19, 2014.
The couple’s wedding website tells the tale of their “love story” as follows: “We met in 2011, George, a naughty boy from England, Bianca, an innocent angel from Ladysmith. A match made in heaven! Destined to meet under the Clifton School bell. Now returning to get married in the area where all the love began.”
The wedding will take place at the Netherwood Farm, a picturesque Angus stud farm in Nottingham Road, on Saturday, August 6 at 3pm.
Following the celebrity status of the event, the couple has enforced strict privacy regulations on their wedding website including prohibiting any personal or cellphone photography.
The couple has recommended several Midlands hotels and establishments for accommodation for their guests, as well as a list of local Midlands activities and things to do.
The pair, believed to be based in Pretoria, has provided a UK-based gift registry, but state on their website that “what we really want is all of our friends and family together for our big day, but for the traditional gift-giver out there we are registered”. The registry includes a Jamie Oliver cook-book, an artisan food processor, silver plaited cutlery, Egyptian cotton linen and towels.
George McCorquodale is the son of Neil Edmund McCorquodale and Lady Sarah Spencer, elder sister to the late Princess Dianna. It is reported that Prince Harry and George grew up close together and share a close bond.
Prince Harry was in Durban about two weeks ago for the International AIDS conference where he was a guest speaker. It is believed that he will remain in South Africa for a few weeks after the wedding to work on conservation projects dear to his heart. Last year, Prince Harry spent time working with wildlife organisations involved in the Save the Rhino campaign.
– Caxton News Service