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Madonna Wedding Under Way in Scotland

Aired December 22, 2000 - 2:17 p.m. ET

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

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Now we take you to the Scottish highlands, where wedding bells are ringing today for pop superstar Madonna and British film director Guy Ritchie. The couple are being married at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland. They're surrounded by family, friends and celebrity guests. And, of course, they're surrounded by the media. And, yes, we're not ashamed to tell you we're covering the story as well.

CNN's Nic Robertson is in Dornoch and joins us with the details.

Have we seen the dress yet, Nic?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: No, Natalie, I'm afraid to say we haven't seen the dress yet. Neither have we heard those wedding bells. But all the indications are that even if they haven't rung the wedding bells from Skibo Castle yet that perhaps the wedding has already happened or at least is under way, because there have been no guests going in for the last couple of hours. And that's probably the best indication we've had so far that -- that the wedding is under way, that all the guest are there in place.

There's been much speculation about who would be the maid of honor. Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be leading the rumor mill there, if you will, as being the maid of honor. And Guy's best man is perhaps Piers Adams, a close friend and also a London nightclub owner.

So there are no hard facts, nothing on that dress yet, no sight yet of Guy and his hunting Mackintosh tartan kilt either -- Natalie.

ALLEN: And any word in all this secrecy where they might be honeymooning?

ROBERTSON: That, again, Natalie, a very closely guarded secret. It is understood that the couple will likely leave here on Sunday, on Christmas Eve, and travel south, we are told. But we're not told how far south, how long that flight will be.

So again, very difficult to gauge just where that honeymoon might be. Having got acclimatized to cold weather here in Scotland, one might imagine they may go for somewhere perhaps a little warmer. We don't know -- Natalie.

ALLEN: And we know there's a lot of your types around there, the media. What about just the folks there in the northern tip of Scotland? Have they come out to try to get a glimpse of this?

ROBERTSON: They have. A few people have come along today, husbands, wives, children, some young children, perhaps as old as 2 or 3 years old have been out here today with their parents. It's bitterly cold, actually, and most of the children didn't last very long, parents taking them away.

And really now, we're left with just the hard core of press hanging around here. I think most of the highland Scots who turned up here to catch a glimpse of some of the famous people, have decided, well, perhaps it's not going to happen this evening and have decided to head home and make ready their Christmas preparations and stay a little bit warmer -- Natalie.

ALLEN: all right, Nic, biggest thing to happen there, we hear, since the picture of the Loch Ness monster surfaced. So two huge events there in that area of Scotland.

Thanks, Nic Robertson, we'll stay in touch with you.

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