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Madonna's Son Rocco Christened, Wedding Tomorrow

Aired December 21, 2000 - 2:20 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Madonna is big news today. Her baby is being christened today, she is getting married tomorrow.

CNN's Nic Robertson is in Scotland, where this is all happening. And we're going to check in with Nic now.

What is the latest?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, about 20 minutes ago, Madonna came out of the church with her husband-to-be Guy Ritchie and baby Rocco. The Christening service took about half an hour. And as she came out there were about 800 people from the town of Dornoch waiting to greet her. They were calling out her name, Madonna, Madonna.

Now that is quite a sizable proportion of the town here. This town has only about 2,500 people, so almost a third of them turning out there to welcome Madonna. One girl in fact saying, even though it's not a hot day, a very cold evening here, people have been waiting for several hours to see her.

Also coming out of the church were all the guests, very famous people, some of them, Stella McCartney, who is understood to have designed the dress Madonna will wear for her wedding tomorrow; and Sting and wife Trudie Styler, who introduced the couple a few years ago.

Now sting, inside the church, in the service, he sang the "Ave Maria" that could just be heard coming outside the church.

It is a 13th century cathedral here, the most northerly in Britain, and it just hints at really the remoteness and the remote location that Madonna has chosen, not only for the christening, but for her wedding. And part of that, of course, is to escape some of the attention and the publicity that surrounded her wedding in 1985 to Sean Penn.

But a very quiet evening really here in Dornoch this evening, and very well received by the local population -- Lou.

WATERS: So we just saw a Web site established by whom we don't know on the christening, we got a chance to catch a glimpse of what went on inside the chapel. Are we going to see something of the wedding itself on the same Web site, do you know? ROBERTSON: Well, Lou, that is anybody's guess at this time. The secrecy that has been surrounding the details of the wedding and the location of the wedding, and the security that has been put in place to keep the media, to keep the paparazzi, who are here in the hundreds, to try and get that one shot that might bag them several hundreds of thousands of dollars that some photo agencies say that a clandestine picture of the wedding could be worth.

It is anybody's guess. Getting a camera inside the church, though, inside the cathedral, would be a whole lot easier than getting one inside Skibo Castle. It is grounds of about 7500 acres. It is a very beautiful and sumptuous castle. It is decorated to the finest of Scottish traditions and using the best of materials.

But Madonna has two security firms working within the grounds of the castle to keep the paparazzi out. And indeed, just a few days ago, two photographers were ejected when they were found camping out in the grounds.

They are very beautiful grounds. They are on the banks of the Dornoch Firth. There is a light Scottish mist that drifts in up the firth in the evening. It was very beautiful this evening, the mist drifting through the clouds. Very difficult to get a long shot glimpse of the castle as well. It is shrouded in secrecy, in the mist -- in the Scottish mist there, Lou.

WATERS: OK, Nic Robertson watching things up there in Scotland.

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