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Caught out, the so­ci­ety wed­ding guests who ‘had sex’ on Blen­heim’s cricket pitch

- By Jen­nifer Ruby Se­nior Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent George VI of the United Kingdom · Austria · Blenheim Palace · Albania · Winston Churchill · Iceland · Dolce & Gabbana · Blenheim · Soho · Istanbul · Isle of Wight · John Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough · Winston Churchill · Oxfordshire · Rolls-Royce

IT was one of the so­ci­ety wed­dings of the year as the Mar­quess of Bland­ford mar­ried his sweet­heart Camilla Thorp.

But while Ge­orge Spencer-Churchill, 26, the fu­ture 13th Duke of Marl­bor­ough, and his new wife, 31, main­tained their el­e­gance and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, some of the 300 guests at Blen­heim Palace clearly had other ideas.

For, it seems, two of the cou­ple’s friends slipped away from the re­cep­tion – and had sex on a nearby cricket pitch.

The new Mar­chioness of Bland­ford ap­peared to re­veal the un­seemly al fresco go­ings- on in an in­ter­view with so­ci­ety bi­ble Tatler.

Speak­ing about her mar­riage to the mar­quess – a dis­tant rel­a­tive of Sir Winston Churchill – she de­scribed how the lav­ish event in Septem­ber, with a black tie party in a giant mar­quee at the stately home in Ox­ford­shire, went on un­til 3.30am.

She con­fessed: ‘One cou­ple “en­joyed” the cricket pitch, which was played on the next day by the un­sus­pect­ing lo­cal team.’

Another friend is said to have taken his clothes off on the stage, while the mar­quess and his bride crowd-surfed. The iden­tity of the amorous cou­ple has not been re­vealed.

Guests at the event in­cluded the cream of Bri­tish aris­toc­racy. Af­ter the mar­riage cer­e­mony at St Mary Mag­da­lene Church in nearby Wood­stock, the happy cou­ple rode back to the palace in a Rolls-Royce once owned by Sir Winston.

Miss Thorp’s wed­ding dress was from the Dolce & Gab­bana Alta Moda cou­ture col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing a lace bodice with or­ganza and lace skirt and train, while the tiara she wore was a fam­ily heir­loom.

‘The shape of the wed­ding dress made me ner­vous as I didn’t want to look too over the top, but the scale worked with Blen­heim in the back­ground,’ she said.

The re­cep­tion in­cluded a three- course din­ner in the Great Hall, a fire­works dis­play and he­li­copter rides, plus a ‘full-on dance party’ in the mar­quee.

Speeches in­cluded one by the mar­quess’s fa­ther Jamie, the 12th Duke of Marl­bor­ough, who has over­come drug ad­dic­tion and en­dured three spells in prison. The mar­chioness re­called: ‘He [the Duke] an­nounced that per­haps he hadn’t been the best fa­ther, but was mak­ing up for it in re­cent years – and he said how proud he was of both of us.’

The mar­quess, an avi­a­tion bro­ker who will one day in­herit Blen­heim and his fa­ther’s £183 mil­lion for­tune, pro­posed to Miss Thorp dur­ing a stay at Soho House in Is­tan­bul, ten years af­ter they first struck up a ro­mance on the Isle of Wight. Re­call­ing how they got to­gether, the mar­chioness added: ‘One day he just started hold­ing my hand.

‘Our par­ents have been friends for years, which made life much eas­ier. We didn’t have to do the whole “meet the par­ents” thing.’

See the full fea­ture in the Jan­uary is­sue of Tatler, avail­able now to down­load or from news­stands.

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 ??  ?? Just mar­ried: The mar­quess and his bride at Blen­heim Palace. Above: Jan­uary’s is­sue of Tatler
Just mar­ried: The mar­quess and his bride at Blen­heim Palace. Above: Jan­uary’s is­sue of Tatler

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