Celebs are lining up to tie the knot this year

This year will be filled with

bouquets and white dresses as celebrities – local and international – plan to

tie the knot.

Headlining the local nuptial scene will be the first family.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to wed his sixth bride. Gloria Bongi Ngema

became his latest fiancée ­after traditional Zulu gifts were ­exchanged in

December 2009.

Zuma’s glamorous daughter, Duduzile, will wed her businessman

fiance, Lonwabo Sambudla, after the traditional umembeso ceremony which took

place in ­Durban last month.

Zuma’s son, Mziwoxolo, will marry his fiancée Phumelele Shange

after the umembeso at the bride’s home in Lamontville, KwaZulu-Natal, in


On the entertainment scene ­Skwatta Kamp rapper Slikour and his

girlfriend, Jill Mulligan, are speaking of taking vows after the birth of their

child and new parents model Lee-Ann Liebenberg and her fiance, former polo

player Nicky van der Walt, are also looking to marry this year.

Rounding off the SA list is former South African swimming star

Charlene Wittstock, who will marry Prince Albert of Monaco in July.

» Internationally, the papparazzi are licking their lips over

another two royal weddings in the next year, with

Prince William’s recent proposal to his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton

topping the list. Also set to tie the knot

in April is Zara Phillips, Queen ­Elizabeth’s

granddaughter, who is to marry English rugby player Mike Tindall.

» Actress Louisana Lopilato will wed Grammy Award winner Michael

Buble in April.

» The star-studded weddings will include a good stirring up of

controversy as singer Shania Twain marries Frédéric Thiébaud, the husband of the

former friend for whom Twain’s husband left her.

» Also sure to keep people talking is Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, 84,

who will walk down the aisle for the third time with Playmate Crystal Harris, 60

years his junior.

» Former couple Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey will also be

getting married – but not to each other. The actress will wed former football

player Eric Johnson, while the former singer weds his actress girlfriend,

Vanessa Minnillo.

» Singer LeAnn Rimes has got engaged to CSI Miami hunk Eddie

Cibrian. The Can’t Fight The Moonlight singer’s actor boyfriend reportedly

popped the question over the Christmas period while they were on holiday

in Los Angeles.

» Singer Lily Allen has also ­announced her engagement after

boyfriend Sam Cooper proposed to her on a beach in Bali on Christmas Day.

» Oscar winner Natalie Portman has announced she is both ­engaged

and pregnant. The ­actress is set to wed ballet choreographer Benjamin


» And the ever controversial Britney Spears has set off engagement

rumours after she tweeted a photo of herself sitting on Santa’s lap – with a

ring on her left hand.

In the photo Britney has a ­diamond ring on her ring finger, which

has prompted several websites to suggest that perhaps her boyfriend, Jason

Tarwick, proposed to her over the festive ­period.

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