Prince William spotted at ex-girlfriend's Christmas wedding without Kate Middleton

Prince William dated singer Rose Farquhar in 2000, shortly before he met Kate Middleton

Prince William spotted at ex-girlfriend's wedding without Kate Middleton
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Prince William attended the wedding of his former girlfriend, Rose Farquhar, on Saturday without Kate Middleton, according to reports. 

Prince William attended the Christmastime wedding of his former girlfriend on Saturday without Kate Middleton, according to reports. 

The Prince of Wales was spotted at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Gloucestershire, where he watched Rose Farquhar marry George Gemmell in a winter-themed ceremony.

It's understood that William dated Rose Farquhar in the summer of 2000 after he had graduated from Eton College. The pair, who have known each other since childhood, reportedly broke up shortly before the future King began his studies at the University of St. Andrew's in Scotland. 

They remained friends, however, with Rose even attending William and Kate's royal wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011. The former The Voice contestant was also one of the 600 guests at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials at Windsor Castle in 2018. 


Rose Farquhar attending Harry and Meghan's wedding in 2018 

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Prince William dressed smartly for Rose's wedding, wearing a classic black tuxedo and a matching black bowtie to make his discreet appearance. The ceremony took place in Tetbury, where King Charles III and Queen Camilla's private residence of Highgrove House is located. 

Rose kept warm for the big day in a long-sleeved white dress with a fur cape, completing the bridal ensemble with pearl earrings and white heels. Groom George, who is currently studying to be a vet, looked equally snug in a black jacket and green tartan trousers. 

Rose’s father, Captain Ian Farquhar, former Master of the Beaufort Hunt, was quick to welcome the matrimony of the happy couple. 

“He could not be a more charming son-in-law for the future," he told the Daily Mail. "The Gemmels have been friends of ours for years. We’re absolutely delighted." 

Rose Farquhar

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It remains unknown where Kate Middleton was during the wedding, but it's likely she was recovering at Adelaide Cottage from her busy week of royal duties. 

The Princess of Wales hosted her second Royal Family carol service for ITV at Westminster Abbey on Thursday evening, much to the excitement of her loyal fanbase. The 41-year-old was joined by Prince William and their two older children, Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 8, for the festive gathering. King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Prince Edward, and Sophie Wessex were also in attendance. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.