The Scottish Mail on Sunday

And the bride (and almost everyone else) wore Dolce and Gabbana

Diana’s niece Kitty, 30, weds millionair­e aged 62 in a sumptuous Italian palazzo

- By KATIE HIND SHOWBUSINE­SS EDITOR

IN A love match to rival the fairytale setting of a grand Italian villa, Lady Kitty Spencer yesterday married fashion tycoon Michael Lewis in a lavish ceremony in front of their highsociet­y friends and family.

As the searing summer heat began to ease at 6pm, Princess Diana’s niece said ‘I do’ in front of a hushed congregati­on in the Villa Aldobrandi­ni in Frascati, a stunning country mansion with views towards Rome.

The wedding, attended by a host of celebritie­s and aristocrat­s, was the climax of a party weekend which began in the Italian capital on Friday night.

The couple were joined by Lady Kitty’s sisters, twins Eliza and Amelia; Viscountes­s Emma Weymouth and her husband Ceawlin Thynn, the Marquess of Bath; pop star Pixie Lott and her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire; Idris Elba’s wife Sabrina; and Made In Chelsea star Mark Vandelli.

Also present were 62-year-old Mr Lewis’s three adult children from a previous marriage. Lady Kitty, 30 – the eldest child of Diana’s brother Earl Spencer – is understood to have formed strong relationsh­ips with her South African-born husband’s children.

In keeping with the Italian theme, fashion house Dolce and Gabbana played a key role. Several guests, including Viscountes­s Weymouth, socialite and DJ Marjorie Gubelmann and fashion designer Jade Holland

Cooper wore the designers’ dresses.

Before the ceremony, Viscountes­s Weymouth and Ms Gubelmann posted on Instagram that their outfits were made by the Italian duo, while Ms Holland Cooper flaunted a small D&G handbag on the social media site.

It is understood that Lady Kitty’s wedding gown was also made by the label. Earlier this year she was appointed a global ambassador for the brand and said: ‘When I wear their pieces, I feel their passion and I feel like the best version of myself.’

She may have also opted to wear the Spencer tiara, a headpiece of diamonds in a floral design of tulips and star-shaped flowers, which her aunt wore for her wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 28, 1981. It is not known if Earl Spencer attended the wedding, but on Friday – when the rehearsal took place – he posted a picture on his Instagram account of the gardens at his Althorp estate.

After the ceremony, Lady Kitty and Mr Lewis treated guests to a feast and dancing. Fireworks were also expected.

The wedding followed several days of fun. On Friday evening the couple hosted a dinner at

the Galleria Del Cardinale restaurant in a Baroque palace in central Rome, where guests dined on traditiona­l delicacies including beef broth-filled ravioli, Sardinian fregola pasta and a choice of tiramisu and caprese cake.

Earlier in the week, Lady Kitty threw a hen party for her closest friends in Florence. The following night she posted on Instagram a photograph of the group wearing brightly coloured wigs.

Later in the evening she posed at the city’s Piazza del Duomo wearing a striking black and white polka dot dress and next to a £1,700 Dolce and Gabbana handbag.

In the hours before the wedding, Lady Kitty’s friends were spotted enjoying the sights of Rome and its restaurant­s. Wearing oversized sunglasses, Ms Lott and Viscountes­s Weymouth strolled near the Spanish Steps, before stopping off for lunch with Mr Vandelli and his partner Piotr Krzymowski. They were later taken by limousine to the wedding venue.

The Mail on Sunday first revealed

Lady Kitty’s relationsh­ip with Mr Lewis – who owns the high street fashion chains Whistles and Phase Eight – in August 2018.

They were pictured together at the five-star Mark Hotel in New York nine months later. Mr Lewis proposed in December 2019. Lady Kitty, who like her mother Victoria Lockwood was a fashion model, is thought to have met her husband – a philanthro­pist who has donated millions to Oxford University – through a mutual friend, former Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

 ??  ?? FAIRYTALE VENUE: Lady Kitty Spencer and fashion tycoon Michael Lewis were married at the beautiful Villa Aldobrandi­ni in Frascati last night
FAIRYTALE VENUE: Lady Kitty Spencer and fashion tycoon Michael Lewis were married at the beautiful Villa Aldobrandi­ni in Frascati last night
 ??  ?? WHEN IN ROME: Singer Pixie Lott, left, and Viscountes­s Weymouth, carrying a D&G bag, enjoy the sights of the Italian capital before yesterday’s ceremony
WHEN IN ROME: Singer Pixie Lott, left, and Viscountes­s Weymouth, carrying a D&G bag, enjoy the sights of the Italian capital before yesterday’s ceremony
 ??  ?? GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: Lady Kitty, centre, and friends during her hen party in Florence last week
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT: Lady Kitty, centre, and friends during her hen party in Florence last week
 ??  ?? STUNNING: Lady Kitty Spencer. Main picture: At the Piazza del Duomo in Florence last week
STUNNING: Lady Kitty Spencer. Main picture: At the Piazza del Duomo in Florence last week
 ??  ?? LOVE MATCH: The couple in the French resort of Saint-Tropez in August 2019
LOVE MATCH: The couple in the French resort of Saint-Tropez in August 2019

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