JAMES MIDDLETON, the brother of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, has revealed that he is now married to his partner, Alizée Thevenet.
The entrepreneur, 34, announced that he tied the knot to French financial analyst Alizée Thevenet, on Sunday on his Instagram account.
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The happy couple wedded in a secret ceremony in the French village of Bormes-les-Mimosas on the famous Côte d’Azur.
The younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge revealed he had married his partner, Alizée Theveneton, 32, on Saturday “surrounded by family and friends”.
In the Instagram post, James wrote: “Mr & Mrs Middleton.
“Yesterday I married the love of my life surrounded by family, friends and of course a few dogs in the beautiful village of Bormes-les-Mimosas.
“Words cannot describe how happy I am.”
His new wife, Alizée, also shared the picture on her Instagram account with the caption: “JUST MARRIED”.
Prince William and Kate are both believed to have been at the ceremony, along with James’ other older sister, socialite and author Pippa, and her businessman husband James Matthews.
It is believed that his mother and father, Carole and Michael Middleton, also attended the special day.
It comes after James revealed several thwarted attempts to tie the knot, which had to be postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple who met in 2018, told The Telegraph, they first met at the exclusive South Kensington Club after she said hello to his Cocker Spaniel, Ella, before getting together for a drink a few weeks later.
“The two of us (Ella and me) were at the South Kensington Club in Chelsea. Ella was lying at my feet under the table; realising she might want some water, I trusted her to take herself over to the water bowl across the terrace.
“However, she made a beeline for Alizée. Rather embarrassed, I went over to apologise and bring Ella back.
“But Alizée thought I was the waiter and ordered her drink while continuing to stroke Ella, who at this point was on her back lapping up the attention.
“Little did I know, but I had just met my future wife, all thanks to Ella. If I hadn’t trusted Ella, I wouldn’t have brought her to the South Kensington Club and she wouldn’t have been able to say hi to the woman who became my fiancée.”
James announced that he had proposed to his French girlfriend back in October 2019 with a stunning Sapphire engagement ring, which is believed to have taken place in the Lake District, and had planned to wed in May 2020.
In a post on Instagram in September last year, James wrote: “It’s a year since I asked Alizée to marry me… what a year it’s been!
“Two homes, lockdown, two attempts at a wedding, a litter of [dog emoji], launching of new company @ella.co, a beard shave and much more but the best part is that I get to share it with you @alizeethevenet and I can’t wait to take on whatever the future holds for us.”
Luckily, the wedding did go ahead this time, in his wife’s native country.
France is currently on the UK’s Amber travel list, meaning the couple and guests will have to take a Covid test two days before returning to the UK if they are double vaccinated.
Those who are not double vaccinated will have to self isolate for ten days when they arrive back in the UK.
James is the youngest of the three siblings, after his eldest sister, Kate, 39, and Pippa, 38.
All three grew up in their family home in Berkshire with their parents Michael Middleton and Carole Goldman, both of whom are successful entrepreneurs.
James attended the private boarding school St Andrew’s School, in Pangbourne, Berkshire, as did his two sisters, before moving to Marlborough College in Wiltshire.
Alongside Boomf, his greeting card firm, James launched Ella & Co, a mail-order dog food company that offers freeze-dried, raw, organic dog food in May last year.
Together the couple have six adorable dogs, and the self-confessed dog-mad businessman, recently made a TV documentary discussing how his dogs have helped cure his depression.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that James and Alizée had bought up the Middleton’s fourth property in the village of Bucklebury, Berkshire, for £1.45 million.
The property is a stunning four-bedroom Grade II listed period farmhouse with beams and leaded windows on the Bucklebury fringes.
Parents Carole and Michael live in a £4.7million manor house in the same village, and sister Pippa recently bought Bucklebury Farm Park, a petting zoo which is a favourite of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
James had previously been staying at his parents’ home throughout lockdown with Alizée.
Prior to the move into the new house, he said he was looking forward to being “reunited with our belongings, which have been in storage for almost a year now”.
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