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Camilla Parker Bowles wowed the guests when she arrived at the wedding of her niece, 25-year-old Alice Elliot, in a small village in Dorset on the arm of her father, Bruce Shand. Camilla was wearing an oyster-colored dress and a matching coat with silver brocade trimming and a fanciful black-and-white feather hat perched whimsically on the side of her head. Alice is the daughter of Camilla’s sister, Annabel. She and the groom, Luke Irwin, 35, are both antiques dealers. Among the guests were such swells as Lady Annabel Goldsmith, Kate Rothschild and Jemima Khan, whose two children, Sulaiman and Kasim, acted as pageboys. The bride’s two dogs were there, too, this being England.
It was heard at the ceremony that Camilla would give up hunting due to a painful lower back problem. She is doing Pilates every day with a personal trainer to stop the pain, but just to be on the safe side, she is giving up the hunt for the time being. It is hoped that this will appease the animal rights activists that criticize her every time she rides out. And sometimes when she doesn’t ride out.
Caprice Bourret, the 29-year-old fiancée of 21-year-old Alex Davis, the grandson of billionaire Marvin Davis and his wife, Barbara, signed a six-figure deal to follow in the footsteps of Kim Basinger and Courteney Cox as the new face of Diet Coke. Now she’s talking to Alex about resettling in England after they marry next year. He works for the Chicago Board of Trade but he wants to keep her happy as he knows how important her career is to her. Caprice grew up in Southern California but no one had ever really heard of her until she moved to London and became a star modeling Wonderbras and appearing on television. The couple has known each other since Alex was 18 and have been dating for almost a year. They were officially engaged in August. “I don’t think there’s such a thing as a perfect relationship,” Caprice has been quoted as saying. “Every relationship has its ups and downs, but if you have a good understanding, you work things out. I’m looking for somebody to be my friend. I want a soul mate.” How deep. How very, very deep.