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article imageJames Blunt & Sofia Wellesley wed, cause ruckus over Ibiza beach

By Anne Sewell     Sep 23, 2014 in World
Santa Eulalia - James Blunt recently wed Sofia Wellesley, granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington, and it happened twice apparently. Once in London at the beginning of September, and the second time in Mallorca, Spain on Friday. Then the trouble happened in Ibiza.
It seems that residents in Ibiza were upset when the company who organized the British pop star's wedding in Ibiza didn't obtain the necessary permits before illegally kicking everyone off the public beach.
First Blunt and Wellesley married in an official ceremony in London, then they had a religious wedding ceremony in Mallorca on Friday last week. The next day the glamorous couple flew next door to the party island of Ibiza where an events company had been hired to lay on a lavish wedding banquet on s’Estanyol beach.
According to the Spanish media, the organizers of the event then gradually forced sunbathers and beach-goers to leave the section of beach where the event was to be held, while moving in the tables and chairs for the 150 guests who would be attending the festivities. Other local media said that there were even people diverting cars away from the beach, unless they could show that they were guests.
Platja S Estanyol  Ibiza at the spot where the tables and chairs were set up for the wedding party.
Platja S'Estanyol, Ibiza at the spot where the tables and chairs were set up for the wedding party.
Local residents were not amused. Either they didn't know who the party was for, or possibly they wouldn't really have cared, but they were definitely upset at being kicked off a public beach.
Now the case continues as Santa Eulalia Town Hall has started proceedings against both the couple themselves and the company organizing the event, for illegally occupying a protected public area. The matter has now been handed to the Balearics Coastal Protection unit.
According to The Local, the town hall did say that Blunt and Wellesley probably had nothing to do with the illegal occupation of the beach and that the company that organized the event would most likely be held fully responsible for not applying for the required permit, which according to El Mundo they probably wouldn't have been able to get anyway.
Spanish sources:
El Mundo
The Local
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