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Even a Duke’s heir has to cut wed­ding guest list for corona!

- Celebrity Weddings · Celebrities · Nepal

Love-struck cou­ples across the land have opted to de­lay their nup­tials in 2020, hop­ing that the ‘old nor­mal’ will re­turn next year.

But no such hes­i­tancy has af­flicted the Marquess of Worces­ter, 31, and his fi­ancée, Lucy Yorke-Long, 34, who, I can dis­close, took the plunge at the week­end.

It helped, of course, that they had the per­fect venue at their dis­posal — Bad­minton House, the sump­tu­ous Gloucester­shire fam­ily seat in­her­ited by Bobby Worces­ter’s fa­ther, ‘Bunter’, when he suc­ceeded as the 12th Duke of Beau­fort fol­low­ing his own fa­ther’s death in 2017.

the cou­ple, who got en­gaged last oc­to­ber, were obliged to trim back their guest list to just the clos­est mem­bers of their fam­i­lies and a hand­ful of friends — even though Bad­minton boasts 40 bed­rooms.

the new Marquess and Mar­chioness em­barked on mar­ried life on horse­back, rid­ing off across the fam­ily estate — but not be­fore Lucy had tossed her bridal bou­quet into the air.

It was caught by Bobby’s sis­ter, Bella, 29, who has re­cently found love with san­ti­ago san­tos, a Mex­i­can lawyer with whom she sad­dled up while lead­ing a trek across Nepal.

Last year bride Lucy told the Di­ary: ‘We met through mu­tual friends at a party. It was very ran­dom. Bobby and I were seated next to each other at a din­ner. the per­son who put us next to each other would claim it was a set-up but, who knows, it might have just been luck.’

the Marquess of Worces­ter stands to in­herit his fa­ther’s es­ti­mated £ 315 mil­lion for­tune, which in­cludes the 52,000-acre estate in Gloucester­shire. For­mer estate agent Lucy is per­fectly equipped to fit in. ‘she’s a smasher — with a ready smile and a warm wel­come,’ a friend tells me. ‘And she loves rid­ing.’

Bunter Beau­fort, the fa­ther of the groom, mar­ried jour­nal­ist Ge­or­gia Pow­ell two years ago after di­vorc­ing his eco-cru­sader wife tracy.

Fam­ily friend taki, the in­de­fati­ga­ble play­boy, as­sures me that what­ever the wed­ding may have lacked in num­bers, it will have made up for in style.

‘You never have a bad time at Bad­minton,’ he tells me.

‘It was fun un­der Bunter’s fa­ther and it was cer­tainly fun last year at the ball Bunter gave,’ adds taki, who has known Bobby since he was born.

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