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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Una prays for good weather

BRIDe: Saturdays star seen with Child of Prague statue ahead of nuptials today to rugby hunk Ben

THE Saturdays singer Una Healy has enlisted the help of the Child of Prague to bring her good weather as she weds Ben Foden today.

She was spotted bringing the statue -- famed for bringing good weather on a wedding day -- to Kilshane House near her home town of Thurles.

She is set to marry rugby ace Foden today and spent yesterday putting the last touches in place at the wedding venue.

She was driven there by her sister in a car loaded down with her luggage. A short time later her wedding car -- a black, English registered Bentley, with WO 1 number plates, was also seen arriving at the hotel.



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The guests are expected to include Ben's team mate Mike Tindall and his wife Zara Phillips, who is 14th in line to the British throne.

Ben has been away on tour with the England team in South Africa for the last few weeks.

Una has said she found that difficult: "Emotionally for me it's very hard that he is away in the run-up to the wedding."

The pair were reunited again earlier this week and were spotted doing some last-minute shopping in Thurles near Una's family home.

Afterwards Una's mother drove them to Thurles station where Ben kissed his bride-to-be an emotional goodbye and boarded a train.

Una, who gave birth to the couple's first child, Aoife Belle, in March had one last drink with her pals on Thursday night before her nuptials.

She tweeted a photo of herself and two friends holding cocktails with the caption "All the single ladies!! X".

The 30-year-old has said she wants today to be "a nice, laidback, fun day".

Details of the oppulent event at the elegant Regency house are being kept under wraps and Una has refused to reveal anything about her dress apart from saying that she thinks Ben will love it but be surprised, saying: "I don't think my dress is what he is expecting me to wear."

Boyband JLS will fly in to join a star-studded bash while Una's bandmates Mollie King, Frankie Sandford, Vanessa White and Rochelle Wiseman are all bridesmaids.



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Rochelle is due to marry JLS star Mavin Humes and the two brides-to-be had a joint hen party last month at London's Rose Club.

Although the pair will be heading off on their honeymoon, Una will be straight back to work -- taking part in new TV show Let's Get Gold. Una will be a judge on the ITV show -- hosted by Vernon Kay -- which will see sporting teams competing against each other for a prize of £100,000 (¤79,000).

She will sit alongside former England football captain Rio Ferdinand; former English cricketer Freddie Flintoff; and singer and Olivier award-winning actress Martine McCutcheon on the sport entertainment show.

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