The engagement was announced 27 August 2005 between Alexander Francis Andrew Nicholas Thorne (b. 1972), son of Capt. Nicholas Andrew Thorne (1942-1976), late the Grenadier Guards, (scion of the BLG family of Thorne of Knowl Hill House), by his wife, Diana Lesley Kathryn (nee Leslie), now Mrs Michael Evison, of Virginia Water, Surrey, & Victoria C. Fielding Kirby, daughter of Mr & Mrs Christopher Kirby, of Leeds, West Yorkshire.
NB: Alexander's mother married (ii) 1977, Ian Mitchell Thomas, of Floriston Hall, Wixoe, Sudbury, Suffolk, & married (iii) Michael Evison.
Alexander's grandfather, Capt. Andrew Thorne, Grenadier Guards, married in 1941, Joscelyne (b. 1915), daughter Lt-Col Sir Raph Verney, CB, CIE, CVO, 1st Baronet (created 1946) who was a grandson of Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Baronet (of the baronets created in 1818).
Alexander's great-grandfather, General Sir Augustus Francis Andrew Nicol Thorne, KCB, CMG married in 1909, the Hon. Margaret Douglas-Pennant, 10th daughter of the 2nd Baron Penrhyn.
Source: Daily Telegraph 27 Aug 2005