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James Blunt cuts a dapper figure in a suit and bow tie with wife Sofia Wellesley at Blenheim Ball


James Blunt looks dapper in black tie with glam wife Sofia Wellesley as they attend the Blenheim Ball in aid of the Starlight Children’s Foundation


James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley dressed to the nines for a glitzy charity ball at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, on Friday night.

Host Charles James Spencer-Churchill threw open the doors of his 18th-century pile for the £500-a-head gala in aid of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

His son George Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford, who stands to inherit the family’s £100m fortune, and his wife Camilla, were joined by the showbiz couple.

Amazing: James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley dressed to the nines for a ball at Blenheim Palace on Friday night (pictured with Jodie Kidd centre)

Amazing: James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley dressed to the nines for a ball at Blenheim Palace on Friday night (pictured with Jodie Kidd centre)

James looked dashing in a black suit and crisp white shirt, which he paired with a classic bow tie for an elegant look.

Meanwhile Sofia dazzled in a stunning floor-length black gown that boasted a black and white cape for an extra touch of glamour.

Her blonde locks were styled straightened and down and she gave her monotone look a pop of colour with red clutch. 

Dashing: James looked dashing in a black suit and crisp white shirt, which he paired with a classic bow tie for an elegant look (pictured with Joseph Bates and Kate Deighton)

Dashing: James looked dashing in a black suit and crisp white shirt, which he paired with a classic bow tie for an elegant look (pictured with Joseph Bates and Kate Deighton)

The evening kicked off with a welcome reception in the Great Hall of the 18th-century Oxfordshire pile where guests sipped sparkling wine from Kent’s Gusbourne Estate, whose bottles sell for up to £59 a pop.

Guests then made their way into the Long Library for the evening where they enjoyed a three-course meal and wine, as well as entertainment from host Rory Bremner. 

There was also an auction hosted by Sotheby’s UK Chairman Harry Primrose, Lord Dalmeny.

Lots included a £19,000 luxury holiday to Egypt and a £11,500 seven-night stay in St Barts.   

The Starlight Children’s Foundation uses the power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and their families. 

The funds raised from the event go towards the charity’s hospital play and distraction services and its programme of events and experiences for seriously ill children. 

The event was organised by a committee of society movers and shakers including the Marchioness of Blandford and Thomas Van Straubenzee, 39, a close friend of Prince William and Prince Harry.  

Golden couple: George Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford, with his wife Camilla at the Blenheim Ball on Friday night

Golden couple: George Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford, with his wife Camilla at the Blenheim Ball on Friday night

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