Stella weds in secret
Isle of Bute (Scotland), Aug. 31 (Reuters): British fashion designer Stella McCartney has married her publisher boyfriend in a private ceremony in the remote Scottish countryside, newspapers reported. The 31-year-old daughter of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney drew a veil of secrecy over yesterday’s celebrity-packed service, attended by Madonna, Liv Tyler and Kate Moss.
Papers said she married Alasdhair Willis, also 31, in a secluded chapel at Mount Stuart, a Gothic mansion on the Island of Bute in western Scotland. But there was no official confirmation from the couple for the world’s media who had camped outside the grounds all week for a glimpse of the celebrity wedding of the year. The tabloid Mail on Sunday said the bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, wearing a dress she designed with Tom Ford, her boss at the Gucci fashion group.
The isolated Scottish location is loaded with memories for the McCartneys. Bute is a short helicopter ride from the Mull of Kintyre, the inspiration for the Beatles’ song The Long and Winding Road, and the Wings’ hit Mull of Kintyre. Stella’s mother Linda, who died from cancer in 1998, described Kintyre as her favourite place and the family had a house there.
Cairo (Reuters): The mummy a British Egyptologist says could be the ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti, renowned for her beauty, is much more likely to be a man, Egypt’s antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Saturday. Nefertiti, wife and co-ruler with the pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother of legendary boy King Tutankhamun, has long been considered one of the most powerful women of ancient Egypt. Joann Fletcher, a mummification specialist from the University of York in England, said in June there was a “strong possibility” her team had unearthed Nefertiti from a tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in Luxor. But secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, Hawass, expressed doubts about the find and said there were questions over the gender of the mummy.