Two years later, they welcomed their first child, Lady Joscelyn Skye Courtenay, via a home birth In love: Another two years later, their son, Jack Haydon Langer Courtenay, was delivered at home.
Left, the Coronation robes of Allison and Charlie, and right, the couple are seen strolling in the castle grounds in 2004 Family crest: Langer - who was born in Columbus, Ohio, to an audiologist mother and fashion salesman father - and her spouse are unlikely to be swayed by their new, fancy titles.
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'We smiled at each other across the crowded room,' Allison said of the meeting She revealed that her future husband was not aware she was an actress who had gained international fame playing Rayanne Graff on the critically acclaimed but short-lived television show My So-Called Life.
Couple: In 2005, Allison and Charlie (pictured embracing in 2004 following the news of their engagment) tied the knot.
Lady Carnarvon lives at Highclere Castle with her husband and their son, Edward, 11.
Christmas Day My five sisters are with us this Christmas, which is a wonderful joy and the best present I could get.
In this quiet castle town in the foothills of the Alps, I learnt that in the last days of the Second World War, Margit hosted a party for SS officers, Gestapo leaders and local collaborators during which 200 Jews were slaughtered, as entertainment.
Tomorrow morning we will open all the stockings (which are pillow cases) on the ends of everyone’s beds, before breakfast.
At 10.30am we will walk down to church, then after the service it’s back to the castle for a glass of champagne before lunch in the saloon under the tree.
The castle has provided the inspiration and setting for the television series Downton Abbey and, following the show’s popularity, Lady Carnarvon has written Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle, a book about the history of the castle during the First World War and her husband’s great-grandmother, which is out now (£10, Hodder).
A Downton Abbey Christmas Special is on ITV tomorrow at 9pm (to win the DVD, see twitter.com/telegraphmag).