Kimye dazzle guests in Versailles


Paris - US television personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West toured the Chateau de Versailles in France on Friday with hundreds of guests ahead of their wedding in Florence this weekend, the visit's organiser said.

The couple were due to host an informal dinner and concert in Paris after visiting the palace, Omar Cherif told Reuters TV.

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Guests' arrive in cars at the Chateau of Versailles to attend a private party hosted by fiances American reality TV star Kim Kardashian and US hip hop star Kanye West in Versailles, outside Paris.  AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSONTV personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West arrive at a fashion designer workshop in Paris. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesA view of Forte Belvedere, on top of the hill at right, in Florence, Italy. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will wed and host a reception at Florence's imposing 16th-century Belvedere Fort according to a spokeswoman at the Florence mayor's office. (AP Photo/Fabio Muzzi)Kim Kardashian, front and Kourtney Kardashian, left, leave at a restaurant in Paris. The gates of the Chateau de Versailles, once the digs of Louis XIV, were thrown open to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and their guests for a private evening ahead of their marriage. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)American reality TV star Kim Kardashian (L) and American singer Kanye West (R) leave their residence in Paris ahead of their wedding. Kanye West and his bride-to-be Kim Kardashian lunched on May 23 at a French chateau owned by iconic designer Valentino, kicking off a marathon celebration expected to culminate in the wedding of the year. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

The two had hoped to marry at Versailles, which King Louis XIV transformed from a hunting lodge into the dazzling heart of an absolutist state but were told in January that would not be possible.

Kardashian and West will celebrate their wedding in the 16th century Belvedere Fort in Florence on Saturday.

An official at Florence mayor's office said last week that the couple were renting the Belvedere Fort for 300,000 euros ($411,100) for the occasion, which will be presided over by a Protestant pastor.

However, as the castle is not an authorised site for weddings, there was some question about whether the event will be an officially recognised marriage ceremony or a celebration with some looser status.

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