10 JANUARY 2005

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The former wife of Princess Diana's brother, Victoria Spencer, has married her partner and the father of her child Samuel, ex-model Jonathan Aitken. Accompanied by over 150 guests, the couple exchanged vows in a civil ceremony in the garden at their home outside Cape Town.

Victoria's four children by Earl Spencer acted as bridesmaids and pageboy. After the matrimonial dinner, the bride and groom cut the cake while guests raised cups of tea in lieu of champagne to toast the newlyweds.

The new Mrs Jonathan Aitken has come full circle seven years after divorcing Charles Spencer. After waging battles with anorexia and substance abuse, the 39-year-old mother of five has reclaimed her life and works as a part-time counsellor in a Cape Town drug and alcohol recovery clinic.

This is Victoria's second marriage and as a result of the union, she officially relinquishes her aristocratic title as Countess Spencer.

Former Ralph Lauren model Victoria gave up her title as Countess Spencer when she married Jonathan Aitken in a civil ceremony in Cape Town over the weekend
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