Reverend Dr James Hawkey and his fiancée, Carol Ripley marry at Westminster Abbey's high altar
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First marriage at Abbey's high altar since royal wedding

In the first marriage to take place at Westminster Abbey's high altar since the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Minor Canon, the Reverend Dr James Hawkey and his fiancée, Carol Ripley, tie the knot in September 2012.

Weddings at the high altar are extremely rare, confined to royalty and the abbey community.

The BBC were given special behind-the-scenes access to Westminster Abbey, following the lives of the people who work, worship and live in the unique community, over the course of a year.

Find out more in Westminster Abbey on Friday 14 December at 21:00 GMT on BBC Two (UK only). Or catch up later on BBC iPlayer.

  • 14 Dec 2012
  • From the section UK