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Tuesday 16 September 2014

‘Let them eat wedding cake’ – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West set to say ‘I do’ at Marie Antoinette’s Palace of Versailles

Published 17/05/2014 | 19:01

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arriving at the Met Gala event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dennis Van Tine/PA Wire
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arriving at the Met Gala event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 5, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dennis Van Tine/PA Wire
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15:  TV personality Kim Kardashian attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts  at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: TV personality Kim Kardashian attends the 2014 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfronts at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

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They’re a couple known for their extravagance – so the speculation that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are set to exchange vows at the Palace of Versailles will raise few eyebrows.

The palace – surrounded by opulence and with interiors of grandeur –was home to Louis XVI and his wife, Austrian princess Marie Antoinette.

The royal couple were overthrown in 1789 due to their deep unpopularity – they distanced themselves from the poor of Paris, retreating to the rich and surreal world of Versailles where they were cosseted by their courtiers and subjects. Sounds like this could have made for a popular reality series.

TMZ.com are reporting the couple will definitely tie the knot in Versailles, and not the Italian city of Florence as previously reported.

The palace has five spaces available for events – but sources have told TMZ the couple will exchange vows at the palace’s most exclusive spot, the Orangerie.

The venue 350 years old, and has two huge staircases - named the "One Hundred Steps. 

During the summer, the famous garden is filled with more than 1,200 exotic trees.

Famously, Louis XVI once said the garden were as important to him as the palace itself.

The Orangerie is officially open for summer events from May 20th – so the timing is good for Kim and Kanye.

No word on whether the wedding will be filmed for ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’.

But as Kanye’s lavish engagement party was filmed for the series, we’re hoping the same will happen here.

Incidentally, a number of other important events happened here.

In 1871, France lost a war against Prussia and Kaiser Wilhelm I was proclaimed Emperor of Germany at the palace, a humiliation for France.

The Treaty of Versailles – the post World War I peace treaty which humiliated a defeated Germany, encumbered them with reparations, and sowed the seeds for World War II – was signed in the palace’s Hall of Mirrors.

Now, is Kimye’s wedding about to eclipse them all?

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