Frank Lampard's Tears During His Tribute To Christine Bleakley
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Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding reception at the Arts Club in Mayfair, London.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding reception at the Arts Club in Mayfair, London.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding reception at the Arts Club in Mayfair, London.

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

John Terry arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

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Harry Redknapp arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

John Terry arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

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Harry Redknapp arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

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Frank Lampard arrives for his wedding to Christine Bleakley at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

Frank Lampard arrives for his wedding to Christine Bleakley at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

Piers Morgan and wife Celia Walden arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Ant and Dec arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London.

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard

Guests at the wedding reception of TV star Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard were brought to tears as the footballer paid an emotional tribute to his new wife, it has emerged.

Frank said his mum Pat died a year before he met the Newtownards beauty and said it was his "biggest regret" they never got to know each other.

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"As you all know, I was a mummy's boy," he said, tears rolling down his cheeks.

"My biggest regret is mum died before she ever got to meet Christine," he said, "because they're so similar, like two peas from the same pod."

Frank's speech was recalled by journalist Piers Morgan in his Mail on Sunday column.

The journalist also revealed the former Chelsea star said that above everything else Christine was his "best friend".

Morgan also revealed that at the reception he was button-holed by one of Christine's aunts from Northern Ireland and chastised over the pronunciation of Bleakley.

"It's not pronounced BLEAK-ley it's BLAKE-ley!", said Morgan, who added that just before the lavish five-course dinner started, Frank and Christine took him to one side.

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"Given that you brought us together," said Christine, "we'd love it if you'd say a few words to introduce the two speakers, Frank and my sister Nicola."

Morgan reported he replied: "It would be an absolute honour. By the way, I just found out how to pronounce BLAKE-ley…" and Christine laughed: "Well it's a bit late, I'm now a Lampard".

Morgan told guests how Frank and Christine met at the Pride Of Britain Awards at London's Grosvenor House hotel when he introduced the footballer to her.

"I can honestly say I haven't met two more genuine and down-to-earth people from two professions not exactly famed for either of those virtues," he wrote.

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