Stars join half-mile queue for Elton's 'wedding' reception

Victoria Beckham, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Caine were among the star names caught up in Britain’s most glamorous traffic jam as guests arrived for Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s “wedding” party.

Victoria Beckham, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Caine were among the star names caught up in Britain’s most glamorous traffic jam as guests arrived for Elton John and David Furnish’s “wedding” party.

They were among a galaxy of celebrities who attended last night’s bash after the couple had earlier tied the knot.

Elton and David “married” in an emotional civil partnership ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall after 12 years together.

Only a handful of guests witnessed the private ceremony – held in the same venue where the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles married in April.

Among them were close friends artist Sam Taylor-Wood and her husband, art dealer Jay Jopling.

However, the stars were out in force for the lavish reception at Elton’s mansion in Old Windsor.

Seated in the back of a Rolls Royce cradling a parcel in silver packaging, Victoria smiled and chatted with a friend as she was driven through the flaming torches marking the entrance.

From Elton’s music world, guests arriving included Elvis Costello and Jamie Callum.

Meanwhile, from the entertainment world, chat show king Michael Parkinson and actor James Nesbitt were caught up in a line of traffic snaking back almost half a mile from the gates.

While David Beckham was not accompanying his wife, the sports world was represented by tennis star Greg Rusedski and England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.

Seated next to Helena Bonham Carter was her husband, director Tim Burton, while Michael Caine sat quietly waiting to be admitted to the mansion.

Also snarled up in the A-list traffic jam, Liz Hurley sat sending a text message as she waited to be ushered through the gates.

Just ahead, the Osbourne family – Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly – chattered among themselves, surrounded by throngs of photographers.

Singer Lulu pointed at the traffic and said: “This could only happen for Elton.”

And Cilla Black confounded expectations that she would turn up with a “tacky” toaster for the happy couple, joking: “I’m waiting for a car boot sale.”

Just behind, Beatle Ringo Starr flashed a peace sign as he sat in the congestion, and chef Gordon Ramsay waved “Merry Christmas” to the waiting media.

Tennis legend Boris Becker declared the evening “wunderbar” before he had even been admitted through the flaming torches, while golfer Nick Faldo also flew the flag for sport.

At the back of the hour and a half traffic jam was music legend Sting just behind Sharon Stone flying the flag for Hollywood.

Just ahead, the world of fashion was represented by supermodel Claudia Schiffer and Donatella Versace.

Adding a touch of real life royalty was Sarah, Duchess of York.

Singer Ronan Keating was also caught up in the jam.

Meanwhile, among those promising a few laughs for the fellow guests were Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams as well as chat show king Graham Norton.

A handful of star struck local residents gathered round the gates as the final cars moved inside.

Karen Jackson, of Windsor, said: “This is probably the best traffic jam I’ve been stuck in.”

Fellow Windsor resident Simone Jones said: “It was brilliant, it was a good thing they were stuck or else we wouldn’t have got to see them all.”

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