MADONNA IS OFFICIALLY MRS RITCHIE

The material girl gets her guy but heavy-duty security at Skibo keeps up the mystery...

After keeping the assembled world?s media guessing for 12 hours it has been confirmed that MADONNA is now officially MRS GUY RITCHIE.

Such was secrecy surrounding their wedding yesterday (December 22) in Dornoch in the Scottish Higlands that press speculation was rife as to whether the lavish #1 million ceremony had actually taken place. But the presiding minister, Rev Susan Brown confirmed to reporters outside her home that the ?special and meaningful? service had taken place, saying simply: ?It did happen.?

There had been speculation that the assembled media, locals and fans would know that they had officially tied the knot when fireworks were set off over Skibo Castle, which has been dubbed Colditz by the press because of the stringent security measures being deployed to keep out prying eyes.

According to The Mirror newspaper, Madonna wore a #20,000 ivory wedding dress with a green tartan sash which matched movie director groom Guy?s family tartan, the Hunting Mackintosh. The bride?s dress is said to have been designed by Stella McCartney, who was present at the wedding and christening ceremonies.

It has not been confirmed whether or not Elton John sang at the reception, as has been speculated. Last week, it was reported that a CD and video would be recorded of the wedding proceedings.

Guests in attendance included Gwyneth Paltrow, who was reportedly chief bridesmaid, Sting and his wife Trudi Styler, who introduced the couple two years ago, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Rupert Everett and Donatella Versace, whose Milan flight was diverted via Wick because Inverness was fog-bound. Others who were reported to have attended were George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robin Williams.

The official photographer is believed to have been Jean-Baptiste Mondino, who shot the photos for Madonna?s chart-topping last album Music.

Several journalists and photographers were ejected from the grounds of the 7000-acre estate. Two men were arrested on Thursday night after the christening of the couple?s son Rocco, though details of the charges have not yet been confirmed. One of them was found hiding in Dornoch Cathedral and is reported to have been there for some days before the christening. Both men are due to appear in court early next week.