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Dragon Duncan Bannatyne weds 'soul mate' in lavish wedding in Portugal

Multi-millionaire marries girlfriend in colourful Uzbek-Scottish ceremony in the Algarve

Business guru and reality TV start Duncan Bannatyne tied the knot this weekend with his girlfriend of two years, Nigora Whitehorn.

The Dragon's Den star (68), represented his roots by wearing full Scottish attire including tartan kilt and sporran, which he topped off with a red bowtie.

The Uzbekistan-born bride opted for a stunning sheer-back, one-shoulder white mermaid style gown for the first day's ceremony, and wore traditional Uzbek attire for the celebrations on the second day.


The couple exchanged vows in celebrity holiday haunt Quinta do Lago in Portugal, where the multi-millionaire businessman owns a home. Guests included fellow 'I'm a Celeb' star Gillian McKeith, Bannatyne's six children and Whitehorn's young daughter Gabby.

The groom's daughter Abi Victoria said she was excited about the nuptials and indeed about welcoming her step mother's family into her own.

On one photo she posted to Instagram she said "I have a brand new sister", to which the bride's daughter responded "I'm glad to be part of the family!!"

"It was a perfect family wedding and I was overwhelmed by how beautiful Nigora looked," the groom told the UK's Daily Mail, "our wedding was filled with love, laughter and happiness.

my beautiful mother on a beautiful day❤❤

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"My new Uzkbek family are generous, caring, giving people and I am proud to be part of what is to me a wonderful new world. I feel very blessed and look forward to our life together as husband and wife."

"I am so proud to be Mrs Duncan Bannatyne," bride Nigora added.

Bannatyne, who lives in Teesside in North-East England met now-wife Nigora on a trip to the dentist, after he split from his second wife Joanna McCue.

The couple became engaged during a holiday to Monaco last year.

The gorgeous bride @wnigora @duncan.bannatyne #bannatynewedding #nigorawhitehorn #duncanbannatyne

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Their nuptials were met with warm wishes from many, including Bannatyne's first wife Gail who sent the happy couple a message via social media.

"Wishing @DuncanBannatyne and @wnigora_nigora lots of love and happiness for the future. Have a amazing day!  xx" she wrote.

Second day of Uzbek-Scottish wedding #uzbekwedding #duncanbannatyne #nigorabannatyne #happymoment

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This will be the entrepreneur's third marriage.

"I am so happy to have married my love, best friend and soul mate," he said.

Traditional bowing ceremony of the bride to the husband and her new family #bannatynewedding @wnigora @duncan.bannatyne

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