Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall got a blessing from the POPE after their wedding

Nbd, only the ACTUAL POPE bestowing his good thoughts on the happy couple

Declan Donelly Ali Astall wedding

by Emmeline Saunders |
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As if Declan Donnelly – aka Dec off Ant and Dec – couldn’t be happier right now, he’s just had his brand new marriage to Ali Astall given the papal seal of approval.

Dec and Ali, who got married on Saturday, have had their union blessed by none other than Pope Francis, who’s kind of a big deal by all accounts.

Yep, one of the happy couple’s wedding presents was a framed certificate from the Vatican with a printed message from the Pontiff.

If that wasn’t enough, Dec’s best man Ant McPartlin also managed to bag a personalised message from Prince Charles and Camilla.

How jelly are we right now?!

Dec’s elder brother, Father Dermott Donnelly, oversaw the ceremony, which took place at St Michael's Church in Newcastle.

Dec even kept his fans updated throughout the day, tweeting in the morning:

He then shared a picture of Ant driving them both to the church:

Dec even let everyone know that he and Ali had survived the star-studded shenanigans at the wedding reception:


Dec and Ali have been dating since 2013 but have known each other for years – she’s been his agent for over a decade.

Huge congratulations to the newlyweds!


Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall wedding

Ant and Dec1 of 14

Ant and Dec

The pair arrived in a shiny, black Aston Martin

Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong2 of 14

Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong

Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts3 of 14

Former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts

Dermot O'Leary4 of 14

Dermot O'Leary

Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis5 of 14

Keith Lemon aka Leigh Francis

Fearne Cotton6 of 14

Fearne Cotton

Holly Willoughby7 of 14

Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield8 of 14

Phillip Schofield

Marvin and Rochelle Humes9 of 14

Marvin and Rochelle Humes

Paddy McGuiness10 of 14

Paddy McGuiness

Tess Daly11 of 14

Tess Daly

Dec's wife Ali Astall12 of 14

Dec's wife Ali Astall

The happy couple13 of 14

The happy couple

Mwah!14 of 14


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