Friday, September 19, 2008

Duchess of York joins tribute to slain honeymoon couple

Sarah Ferguson was among 500 mourners at a Wednesday memorial service for newlyweds Ben and Catherine Mullany, the couple murdered in Antigua on the last day of their honeymoon in July. The Duchess of York met the late couple's family while en route to the Caribbean island with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in August. The slain pair's relatives were travelling there, too, and Sarah revealed she'd been "touched as a mother and a parent" by the tragedy.
(Advertisement)Speaking before the Cardiff memorial, at which she read Yeats' poem He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven, the Duchess said: "I think the whole world was taken by the tragedy of Ben and Catherine, who were taken away at such a young age".
Sarah has also agreed to become a patron of the Mullany fund, a charity set up in memory of the late couple to help finance prospective medical students and physiotherapists. Ben, 31, was a trainee physiotherapist and his new wife, also 31, was a GP. The Duchess has already donated £10,000 from the Sarah Ferguson Foundation.
"They were so in love and so happy…" she said. "It is just an extraordinary story."