Suffolk could host society wedding

SUFFOLK could be the setting for a glittering society wedding, with Royalty among the guests.The Hon Edward Tollemache - the elder son of Lord and Lady Tollemache and Prince Charles' godson - is to marry his girlfriend of four years, Sophie Johnstone.

By Danielle Nuttall

SUFFOLK could be the setting for a glittering society wedding, with Royalty among the guests.

The Hon Edward Tollemache - the elder son of Lord and Lady Tollemache and Prince Charles' godson - is to marry his girlfriend of four years, Sophie Johnstone.

No details have emerged yet about where the wedding will be held, but Suffolk residents will be crossing their fingers the celebration takes place at the family home, Helmingham Hall, near Ipswich.

Lord Tollemache, whose great-uncle founded the former Tollemache brewing business in Ipswich which later became part of Tolly Cobbold, said yesterday: “We are both delighted that Edward has become engaged to Sophie.

“She is a beautiful, intelligent and charming girl. For her, no praise can be too high.”

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Miss Johnstone is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Iain Johnstone, who live in Fulham, London, and is believed to have been educated at Benenden School in Kent, and later at Oxford University.

She is also said to have appeared in the film A Fish Called Wanda at the age of six and now works in the television industry.

According to a national newspaper, Mr Tollemache, 30, a banker, proposed during a trip to Paris.

Although the details are still to be arranged, it is anticipated the wedding will attract Royal guests.

Lord Tollemache, a personal friend of the Queen, became the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk in 2003, following the retirement of the late Lord Belstead.

He was born in 1939, educated at Eton and commissioned in the Coldstream Guards from 1959 to 1962, serving in Kenya and the Gulf.

In 1970, as the Hon Timothy Tollemache, he married Alexandra Meynell at the Guards' Chapel in Wellington Barracks, London. Guests included Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

Helmingham Hall has ten acres of Grade I Listed gardens set amid 400 acres of ancient park containing herds of red and fallow deer and highland cattle. These are open to the public twice a week.

Lord and Lady Tollemache have privately welcomed members of the Royal Family to their home in the past, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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