Bob Geldof, Wife Have Marriage Blessed at Star-Studded Service
FAVERSHAM, England (AP) _ Rock singer Bob Geldof and his wife, Paula Yates, had their marriage blessed Sunday at the church attached to their 12th-century country house.
Geldof, 32, the organizer of Band Aid concerts for international famine relief, and Miss Yates, 26, a television rock show host, reportedly were married in June in Las Vegas, Nev., after living together for eight years.
Among the guests were rock singer Sting, who arrived by helicopter; George Michael of the recently disbanded duo Wham 3/8; Lulu, a pop singer; Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran; Tony Hadley and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet; Scottish comedian Billy Connolly and clothing designer Jasper Conran.
The Rev. Michael Anderson, of the Church of England, blessed their marriage while police and private guards struggled to hold back hordes of well-wishers who flocked to Davington Priory, Geldof’s home near Faversham, 40 miles southeast of London.
″Frankly, there would be less of a problem with security if this was a presidential tour wrapped-up with a royal visit,″ said Police Chief Inspector Stuart Donaldson.
The couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Fifi Trixiebelle, attended the service.
The couple did not appear for their fans or photographers after the 20- minute service in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence, which is part of their home.
Geldof, an Irish citizen and singer for the Boomtown Rats, received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition for his work in organizing the Band Aid concerts. His fund drive has raised at least $100 million for African famine relief.