Game Of Thrones stars wed at family castle

June 23, 2018
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Game Of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie, who played on-screen lovers in the epic TV drama, are getting married.

Harington has arrived at Rayne Church in Aberdeenshire wearing a morning suit.

The actors met in 2012 while filming the long-running saga in Iceland, where they were playing Jon Snow and Ygritte.

Kit Harington and Rose Leslie attend the premiere of Game Of Thrones season 7
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Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met while filming Game Of Thrones in 2012

Their engagement was announced in The Times last year, and a wedding date of 23 June was posted at the Huntly registration office in Scotland.

Leslie – whose full name is Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie – is a descendant of Charles II and her family owns the 12th-century Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, where the ceremony is taking place.

Her father said he was “thrilled” for his daughter as she prepared to marry her former co-star.

Speaking outside the castle, Sebastian Leslie said: “We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today.”

Sebastian Leslie, father of actress Rose Leslie, talks to the media outside his daughter's wedding venue
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Sebastian Leslie spoke to reporters outside the castle where his daughter’s wedding venue

Co-stars Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen, and Peter Dinklage, who played Tyrion Lannister, were seen arriving in nearby Aberdeen on Friday.

Fans of the Sky Atlantic series have been gathering outside the castle hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.

Two Chinese students, who are currently studying in Glasgow, brought flowers.

Yunyao Li, 23, and Qiong dan Xu, 23, said they were fans of Jon Snow.

“We would like to see him if possible,” one said.

Fans Yunyao Li, 23 (left) and Qiong dan Xu, 24, wait at the entrance to the castle
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Two Chinese students, who are fans of the epic TV drama, bought flowers for the happy couple

The impressive castle where the wedding will be held, complete with turrets and surrounded by countryside and woodland, can sleep 16 people in the main house but there are more properties in the grounds.

The castle’s website says: “This venue is ideal for those wanting to plan their own day without having to use a set format.”

And it adds: “The castle offers a superb backdrop for a marquee wedding on the lawn for your big day complete with floodlights to illuminate the castle whilst watching fireworks from the terrace!”

Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire dates back to the 12th century. Pic: WardhillCastle.co.uk
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Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire dates back to the 12th century. Pic: WardhillCastle.co.uk

In an interview with Italian Men’s Vogue, Harington, who was born in west London to a playwright and a baronet, said it was easy to fall in love with Leslie.

Speaking of their time together on the show, he said: “If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

Harington’s ancestors are said to include James I and Gunpowder Plot leader Robert Catesby.

Describing his time in Iceland, he told Vogue: “The country is beautiful… the Northern Lights are magical… it was there that I fell in love.”



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