These pictures show the marriage of Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, to the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon who will make history when she becomes the first black Marchioness in Britain.
The future Marquess of Bath yesterday married Emma McQuiston, who says she has been snubbed by the British elite because of her ethnicity and background.
The former Miss McQuiston, daughter of Nigerian oil tycoon Ladi Jadesimi, admits her relationship with the aristocrat has caused upset.
In an interview with society magazine Tatler, the 27-year-old said: ‘There’s class and then there’s the racial thing.
‘It’s a jungle and I’m going through it and discovering things as I grow up.’
But the Marquess of Bath – famous for his string of ‘wifelets’ – and his real wife, Hungarian-born Anna Gael, 69, boycotted the ceremony, which took place at Longleat House yesterday afternoon.
A source told the Daily Express: ‘It was an intimate ceremony. Longleat is considered one of the foremost and widely respected traditional British estates in the country.
‘With the backdrop of the safari park, estate and house, it was quite special.
‘Many people have celebrated that she will be the first black marchioness in the UK, which was widely praised as “about time too”.’
Lord Bath has expressed great displeasure at his son’s renovation of the family seat at Longleat, which has involved removing a number of his prized erotic paintings, and said he would stay away from the wedding.
The 80-year-old Marquess – wearing mustard chinos and a green velvet jacket – instead went to a wedding in Hampshire yesterday morning, accompanied by his wife, Ceawlin’s mother.
Viscount Weymouth, Ceawlin Thynn, with his bride Emma McQuiston at Longleat (left). The groom’s father the Marquess of Bath (right) decided to attend another society wedding with his wife Anna Gael. They watched Heloise Lorentzen marry polo player Sean Wilson-Smith at the village of Wonston, Hampshire, instead
He saw professional polo players Heloise Lorentzen and Sean Wilson-Smith tie the knot in a lavish affair in Wonston, with the happy couple then celebrating with their guests, many of them fellow polo players, at a wedding banquet for almost 250.
It was a day of high society weddings – and a day full of surprises for the guests and the happy couples alike.
As the great and the good turned out for nuptials up and down the country yesterday, Prince Harry’s girlfriend had a sudden mishap, one wacky designer groom turned up in a lobster emblazoned suit, while an aristocratic father of the groom appeared to boycott the event entirely.
Cressida Bonas, the girlfriend of Prince Harry, had an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction at the wedding of friends in Cirencester, tripping over her colourful floor-length flared trousers which appeared to get tangled in a pair of towering pink wedges.
She was with Princess Eugenie – dressed in a short summer dress adorned with red poppies – at the wedding of Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs to Rupert Finch – a former flame of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Lady Natasha is the co-founder of eco fashion label Beulah.
In East London, Charlotte Goldsmith, the daughter of the late financier James Goldsmith and his mistress Laure Boulay de la Meurthe, was shocked to see her flamboyant designer fiancé Philip Colbert walk down the aisle in one of his bizarre creations – a black suit adorned with red cartoon lobsters.
The bride also went against tradition with a full Fifties-style skirt, teamed with a cropped cream bolero.
There was British interest, too, in one of Europe’s Royal weddings of the year. Prince Edward and his wife Sophie attended the fairytale wedding of Sweden’s ‘party’ Princess Madeleine, to British-born financier Christopher O’Neill.
The Countess of Wessex wore a soft pink empire line dress and diamond tiara as she took the arm of her husband, who was dressed in military uniform.
And in Wiltshire, Prince William’s friend Peregrine Hood married Vogue magazine’s Serena Nikkah at his stepfather’s estate, Charlton Park in Malmesbury.
Despite much speculation, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge did not attend.
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