Madeleine Astrid Gurdon, Baroness Lloyd-Webber, is a former equestrian sportswoman, and the third and current wife of musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The daughter of a British Army Brigadier, Lady Lloyd-Webber was an extremely accomplished three day event equestrian competitor who started a country wear clothing company to supplement her riding career, it was called The Done Thing after her favorite dun horse. Madeleine Gurdon met Lloyd Webber through his Watership Down neighbours, who loved horses.
After his divorce from Sarah Brightman, to avoid publicity the couple announced they would marry at Lloyd Webber's Hampshire home on 9 February 1991. They also issued a letter which stated that after some thought about the war in the Persian Gulf, the couple came to this conclusion: "We feel we should not give in to the forces that have caused this situation and that we should continue with the party." However, the couple actually married a week earlier in private in Westminster, London, before a ceremony on the 9 February in Suffolk.
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