Wedding unites rothschilds goldsmiths
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Wedding unites Rothschilds and Goldsmiths
By Caroline Davies
Two of Britain's wealthiest families will be united today at the wedding of Kate Rothschild and Ben Goldsmith.
The ceremony takes place at St Mary's Church in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, near the Rothschild family pile Rushbrooke Hall, where a reception for 600 will be held.
But, despite the union between the two renowned dynasties being hailed by social commentators as "the wedding of the decade", acquaintances of the couple say it will be a "very traditional" ceremony. Few celebrities will be present - other than family members such as Ben's brother-in-law, Imran Khan, the Pakistan cricketer, and those who have become close friends.
"It will be a society wedding, rather than a celebrity wedding," said one. "Ben and Kate are very conventional, normal people - albeit it very wealthy. Their guests will be drawn from close family and friends."
The two, who have been dating for three years, have lived together in London for the past year and are expecting their first child in February.
Miss Rothschild, who is studying fashion, is believed to have designed her own wedding dress, which has been made by Lady Puttnam, wife of the film producer Lord Puttnam, who are family friends.
Although the bride is just 21 years and the groom a mere 23, marriage at a young age is almost a tradition in the Goldsmith family.
The groom's father, the late Sir James Goldsmith, married his first wife at 21. His sister, Jemima, married Imran Khan at the same age. And his older brother, Zac, married Sheherazade Ventura when he was 23.
Miss Rothschild, daughter of the late Amschel Rothschild, who committed suicide seven years ago, is from the family of bankers who trace their roots back to the Jewish ghettoes of 18th century Frankfurt.
She is also, through her mother Anita, who married at 23, a member of the Guinness brewing and merchant banking dynasty.
Mr Goldsmith, known as "Ben-Ben" to family and friends, eschewed university to follow in hs father's business footsteps, and is a shareholder in quintessentially.com, an internet business. He is also an investor in Marco Pierre White's new venture, Drones, a private dining club - and the chef is almost certain to be among the guests.