Kate Garraway and Derek Draper: When did Kate get married to Derek? How did they meet?

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Kate Garraway, 53, and her husband Derek Draper, 53 are the subject of a new documentary on ITV tonight. Called Finding Derek, this will explore how he has suffered from Covid and its health impacts over the past year. Ahead of it being released, some will be left wanting to know a bit more about the couple and how they met.

When did Kate Garraway get married to Derek Draper?

Many viewers will know Kate best for her role as a presenter on Good Morning Britain.

However, tonight she will be opening up in a new documentary about the impact of her husband’s illness.

Derek contracted coronavirus back in March 2020 and has been in hospital since.

While he no longer has the virus, he has suffered from multiple organ failure and is still in doctors’ care.

Kate and Derek first met when they were introduced by mutual friend Gloria De Piero, who was the political editor of GMTV.

Derek was a political adviser at the time and was among a group set up for drinks at Claridge’s.

Kate told The Times in 2019 about their first meeting, admitting she ignored him to start with.

She said: “Derek arrived thinking it was a date and that I was being incredibly cool by ignoring him.

“He asked me out, but the day of our date called to say he had a clash: he’d promised to serve wine at an amateur watercolour painting exhibition at his church.

“I really thought it was a wind-up. But I turned up and he was indeed serving wine to the congregation in a salmon-pink jumper.”

The pair then got married in September 2005 with Kate tying the knot in a Caroline Castigliano wedding dress.

In the trailer for the documentary, Kate and Derek can be seen on their wedding day in a family video.

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Kate has kept most of the details about their wedding private.

But she did previously speak about how they had an unlikely guest on the big day.

Years before Kate appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole was among the attendees.

Kate told The Times in November 2020: “Hilariously, Brendan Cole was at the wedding, years before I did Strictly Come Dancing.

“I assumed he was someone’s boyfriend, but Derek had secretly been having dancing lessons with him.

“Derek is like that: when he wants to learn something, he studies it until he can do it perfectly.”

The pair have two children together called Billy, 11, and Darcey, 15.

Both of them will be appearing in the documentary about Derek’s health.

Finding Derek is on ITV tonight at 9pm.

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