^^Hogwarts wedding for the Duke of Northumberland's daughter
Having worked as a motorcycle mechanic, racing driver and gunmaker, Lady Catherine Percy left her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, clueless as to whom they should expect for a son-in-law.
Lady Katie has, however, surprised the couple, whose house, Alnwick Castle, doubles as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, by agreeing to marry a remarkably conventional City financier, Patrick Valentine.
"Who could resist a Valentine's proposal?" jokes one of her chums.
Lady Katie, 27, will marry Valentine, 30, who works as an equity salesman for Dexion Capital, a hedge fund distribution firm, next February in Alnwick, Northumberland.
After training with the royal gunmakers Purdey & Sons, she set up a business making stocks for sporting guns.
In March, one of the duke's aides said: "She very much enjoyed her apprenticeship with Purdey and is now a self-employed gun-stock maker."
When she worked as chief mechanic for Marquass Motorcycles, Lady Katie said: "I'm dying to get a machine-gun mount so I can rest a .22 on one and shoot rabbits."
In an interview, the duchess recalled how her daughter had once repaired her boyfriend's broken DVD player and televison while he was left to cook dinner. http://www.telegraph.co.u...humberlands-daughter.htmlDuke's daughter is grease monkey
The daughter of one of Britain's richest men has turned grease monkey to restore motorcycles in China.
Lady Katie Percy's father is the Duke of Northumberland, who is worth £300m and owns Alnwick Castle - used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
The 23-year-old newly-qualified mechanic has a lifelong love of motoring - including two speeding bans.
She has been taken on as chief mechanic by Marquass Motorcycles, set up by a Mandarin-speaking Oxford graduate.
Lady Katie said: "My parents have been very enthusiastic. They love it.
"I'm sure they'd rather I was a doctor or a lawyer. But my father definitely wants one. I was riding his bike when I was nine."
They are really what I like, put together properly with bolts
Lady Katie Percy
The Duke said: "We all fully support Katie's new enterprise and we wish her success."
Marquass Motorcycles is importing restored 1950s People's Liberation Army bikes complete with side-cars and even optional machine gun mountings.
Lady Katie added: "They are really what I like, put together properly with bolts. They are efficient and uncomplicated. They had to be, for military work."
Lady Katie, who races Formula-Ford cars, learnt to drive in the grounds of Alnwick Castle.
Company founder Ben Whately said: "She is the only mechanic I know so she was an obvious choice when we were looking for someone to look after the bikes over here."
After Lady Katie was banned from driving in 2003 for a second time, her parents warned her about her love of speed.
At the time a spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess have accepted their daughter's apology, reminding her that speed on the track should not be duplicated on public roads."
The Duke and Duchess, who have two sons and two daughters, own land, homes, art treasures and other assets worth an estimated £300m. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/h.../england/tyne/5149996.stm