Monday, 10 June 2013

Radiant in her wedding dress, Daughter of Nigerian oil tycoon becomes Britain's first black marchioness

  • Emma McQuiston married future Marquess of Bath Ceawlin Thynn at family seat of Longleat House saturday
  • Food blogger and daughter of Nigerian oil tycoon suggests she is being made to 'feel different or separate because of her race'
  • Marquess of Bath and his wife instead went to the wedding of two professional polo players in Hampshire
  • Lord Bath angry at son's renovation of Longleat which involved removal of a number of his prized erotic paintings
Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, married the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon saturday, but the ceremony was overshadowed by the conspicuous absence of his parents who refused to attend as a family feud rumbled on.
Emma McQuiston will make history when she becomes the first black Marchioness in Britain after her wedding to the future Marquess of Bath at the family seat of Longleat.
But she claims her relationship with the aristocrat has caused upset among the British elite because of her ethnicity and background.
Picturesque setting: The couple outside the family seat at Longleat, but his parents, Lord and Lady bath, refused to attend the ceremony
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.
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.
'I’m not super-easily offended but it’s a problem when someone’s making you feel different or separate because of your race. I have never had anything horrible said or happen, but it is something you sense. You can just tell with some people.’
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 saturday 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".'
The couple were joined by 350 friends and family for the day, including Giant Digital director Andy Day and his wife Dee, who feasted on a lavish menu during the wedding breakfast which included sea bass.
It might have been a society wedding but it was a star-studded affair with celebs also in attendance including Sugababes star Jade Ewen and fashion blogger Bip Ling. Guests were entertained by X Factor's Rylan Clarke who no doubt wowed with one of his unique performances.
Naked fury: Ceawlin Thynn incurred the wrath of his parents over his renovation of Longleat, which has involved removing a number of his prized erotic paintings
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.
Lady Bath, who splits her time between Longleat and Paris, is thought to disapprove of Miss McQuiston, an aspiring celebrity chef.
‘She has asked her son to call it off,’ a friend of the family said. ‘She seems to think Emma isn’t good enough for him. Emma’s a lovely girl and is understandably hurt by this, as is her family. But Ceawlin loves Emma and won’t be swayed.’

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