AFP

PARIS

Celebrity royalty Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on Saturday took their marathon wedding celebrations to Florence after kicking them off with a sumptuous private party in Versailles.

The couple and their guests flew out of the City of Light aboard private jets shortly before midday, heading to the historic Italian city nestled in the Tuscan countryside.

The limelight-loving couple and their entourage spend Friday night partying in Versailles, the favourite palace of Louis XIV, France’s ‘Sun King’, the superstar attention seeker of his day.

Sporting a white dress with a plunging neckline that defied the laws of motion, the 33-year-old reality TV star and her 36-year-old rapper beau welcomed dozens of invitees to celebrations that included horses adorned with bright colours, riders wearing huge feathers in their hats, musketeers in wigs and drum rolls.

Teenagers, drawn by rumours that superstars such as Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Jay Z would be among the guests, hung around outside the castle, desperate for a glimpse of their idols. West and Kardashian settled on a private party in the prestigious chateau outside of Paris after they were told they would not be able to marry there in January.

But Versailles was a mere exclusive aperitif ahead of the huge fete planned for Sunday in Florence, where 1,600 guests will attend in the 16th-century Fort Belvedere.

After months of suspense, the festivities were gradually revealed throughout Friday according to a carefully orchestrated plan by the Kardashian clan, who got famous through reality TV and obviously eager to make this the marriage of the year. The circus could earn them up to $21 million (15 million euros) thanks to sponsors and through the sale of exclusive photos of the ceremony, according to press reports.