Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall blessed in London church

Guest list includes Bob Geldof, Michael Caine, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Wyman

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and former supermodel Jerry Hall pose for the media after their wedding ceremony at St Bride’s Cathedral in London. Video: Reuters

 

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and actress and model Jerry Hall celebrated their marriage with a blessing service on Saturday at St Bride’s church on London’s Fleet Street, the spiritual home of British journalism.

A star-studded guest list included singer Bob Geldof, actor Michael Caine, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and British justice secretary Michael Gove, a senior figure among those who want the UK to leave the European Union.

Murdoch and Hall wed on Friday in a private ceremony in central London, after which the now four-times married 84-year-old said he was the happiest man in the world.

Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corp and owner of 21st Century Fox Inc, and Hall, (59), posed for photographs after the service at the historic church, which is famed for its wedding-cake spire, but simply smiled and made no comment to the waiting media.

The couple’s 10 children from previous relationships attended the service, as did Rebekah Brooks, who returned to run Murdoch’s British newspapers in September, and Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp.

Other guests included former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, artist Tracey Emin, photographer David Bailey and UK employment minister Priti Patel, who like Gove is backing Brexit.

Murdoch is an influential figure in Britain through his ownership of a clutch of newspapers.

Last month his Sun on Sunday publication said prime minister David Cameron had failed to get a proper deal for Britain from other EU leaders and on Thursday he tweeted that the UK government had made false claims about the implications of Brexit aimed at scaring voters.

Murdoch and Hall began dating last summer after being introduced while in Australia and were first seen in public together at the Rugby World Cup final in London in October. They got engaged in January.

Hall was previously in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.

St Bride’s is located on Fleet Street, where Britain’s major newspapers were located from the 1700s to the 1980s.

Murdoch had an instrumental role in Fleet Street’s demise as a press hub when he moved his print works to east London. “Within months the printing dinosaur that was Fleet Street was dead. By 1989 all the national newspapers had decamped as other proprietors followed Murdoch’s lead,” the church’s own website says.