Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley were married today after a four-year engagement, with showbiz and footballing friends turning out to support them.
Bleakley, a television presenter, smiled for photographers as she entered the Chelsea church, in a glamorous white wedding dress.
Sporting a tan, pearl earring and a sleek up-do, she wore a lace-trimmed fitted gown nipped in at the waist with ribbon.
Lampard had embellished his suit with a single white rose for the late afternoon ceremony.
Bleakley and Lampard, who plays football for New York City FC, will go on to celebrate their wedding with a reception at The Arts Club, Mayfair, where Ed Sheeran has been tipped to perform for the couple’s guests.
Among the congregation at the church were Jamie and Louise Redknapp, John Terry, Philip Schofield, Kelly Hoppen, Piers Morgan, and television presenters Ant and Dec.
The official part of the ceremony will be carried out at St Paul’s Church, London, where a floral archway was assembled in preparation.
Bleakley chose a wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses from Suzanne Neville, who has also dressed Katherine Jenkins, Kym Marsh and Victoria Pendleton for their big days.
Lampard and Bleakley began dating at the end of 2009, with a spokesman confirming their wedding plans in 2011 after a “surprise proposal” in Los Angeles
Speaking of their relationship previously, Bleakley said: “He’s a brilliant daddy, he really is. It’s one of the things that attracted me to him. I have another couple of years of getting up at three o’clock in the morning, but I definitely would like to do it.”
Lampard, 32, has two daughters with his former partner, Elen Rivas.
Speaking during an appearance on ITV show Loose Women earlier this year, Bleakley said the couple have been happy to enjoy a long engagement, and hoped for an intimate ceremony when the time was right.
“We’re having a great time,” she said. “We want to have this and enjoy the fun time. We’re both very busy.
“We are very ready, we’re going to do quite a small and intimate wedding. We like our privacy.”
A source had told the Mirror newspaper: “Christine and Frank have had the date set for a while but have been trying to keep it under wraps.
“They want it to be an intimate affair and have only invited close friends and family. They haven’t signed a big magazine deal like a lot of stars do because it’s not their style.”
The couple have previously admitted their lives are “very much dictated by what Frank wants to do football-wise”, with wedding plans taking a back seat as he settled into New York. Last year, Bleakley told Hello! magazine: “The wedding plans are all good, in spite of what everyone keeps saying. We kind of know what we want but, as per usual, our lives are totally up in the air at the minute. But yes, it’s all ticking along.”
Keystone Bank partners Nilayo Sports to host Valuejet Remo Ultra Racetrack
As a way of demonstrating its commitment to promoting fitness and healthy living amongst Nigerians, Keystone Bank Limited, recently partnered with Nilayo Sports Management Limited (NSML), to host the maiden edition of the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition.
The 50km ultra-distance race event held on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Sagamu, Ogun State, was the first African championship in IAU’s 35-year history. The three-in-one championship had about 4000 athletes from across 35 IAU member countries.
The race which took off at the Gateway International Stadium had in attendance dignitaries including the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, president of IAU in Africa, Solomon Ogba, executive director, Keystone Bank, Yemi Odusoya, ex- Nigeria athlete, Falilat Ogunkoya amongst others.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Bukola Olopade, the managing director of NSML said the race is one of the company’s numerous ways to create bond among Nigerians and the world at large.
“The ultra-marathon is first of its kind in Africa and we are elated that our company is responsible for bringing youths together to harness their talents. “Valuejet IAU African Championships is a trendsetter. The ultra-race has set an excellent example for ultra-running on the continent”, he concluded.Commenting on the bank’s involvement in the event, executive director of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Yemi Odusanya said the lender recognises the importance of health to nation building, stating, “A healthy workforce is considered the most productive workforce. Good health is critical to economic development and therefore, health remains one of our core CSR pillars in the bank.
Keystone Bank will continually strive to promote advanced healthcare in Nigeria.“The competition showcases the bank’s commitment to community investment and project financing.
“Therefore, sponsoring the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition is in line with our vision to promote a healthier nation as a whole.”At the event, winners of the 50-kilometre ultra-race in both foreign and local categories pocketed $2,000, while the second and the third placed runners received $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.For the Nigerian local five-kilometre run, the winner received N500, 000, runner-up N300, 000, while the second runner-up went home with N150, 000.
Nigerian musical artistes, CDQ, Slimcase and Naira Marley were also on ground to add glamour to the event.While Nilayo Sports Management is a sports management and marketing company, working with some of the biggest names in the world of sports like IAAF, CAA and AFN aimed at promoting sporting activities from grassroots level to international level in Africa, Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.
AJ To Defend His WBO Title Against Mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk
The president of the World Boxing Organisation has forced Anthony Joshua into defending his WBO title after winning his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr.
Francisco Varcarcel, the president of the organisation said in a statement that Joshua will have to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk within 180 days of Saturday’s win.
That means that Joshua will now have to face the prospect of defending his WBO title before June 4th, and If he does not agree to meet the Ukrainian former cruiserweight king before then, he will be forced to vacate his belt, according to Mail Online Sport.
The publication also added that If Joshua does vacate his belt, Usyk could face either Dereck Chisora or Joseph Parker for the strap, which would divide the belts further across the division.
On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavyweight title rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The British-Nigerian boxer who suffered a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June in New York City, regained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles as he defeated the Mexican-American boxer by unanimous decision.
Anthony Joshua has made us proud by exhibiting the I-can-do spirit of Ogun people – Governor Abiodun
Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Ogun State on Sunday, December 11th felicitated with the world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua for displaying “Ogun standard of excellence” by reclaiming all titles in a re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.
Governor Abiodun said that the State-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the nation would be great again. “I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed.
“God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our heart desires and ceaseless prayers for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.”
“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success, That the feat happened in Saudi Arabia doubly excites me. God answered us”, an excited Abiodun said.
He also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus which he described as virtues ingrained in the DNA of Ogun people. “He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the I-can-do spirit of Ogun people”, Abiodun added.
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