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Monday, 26 February, 2001, 14:31 GMT
Madonna: Scotland was magical
Madonna and Guy graphic
Madonna and Guy spent five nights at Skibo Castle
Pop queen Madonna has spoken publicly for the first time about her "magical" wedding at Scotland's exclusive Skibo Castle.

She told American magazine Interview that the ceremony, with British film director husband Guy Ritchie, was "very personal and very intimate".

Madonna said she and her husband had chosen Skibo, near Dornoch in the far north of Scotland, to tie the knot because of his Scottish heritage.

She also revealed that she will be embarking on a summer world tour which will "mind-boggle the senses".

Of her wedding, she told the magazine: "Well first of all, Scotland is dripping in atmosphere. It is so beautiful.

Madonna, Guy and Rocco outside Dornoch Cathedral
Baby Rocco was christened in Dornoch Cathedral
"We wanted to find a place that was really hard to get to, because when people have to work to get somewhere, you know they really want to be there.

"It helped to sort of create an atmosphere that was cut off from the world.

"And my husband and I are both obsessed with history, and we wanted to go to a place that had history."

Madonna added: "His family are Scottish, on his father's side of the family, so he got to wear his family kilt, which was nice."

The wedding was just days before Christmas and was attended by a handful of guests, including Sting and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

'The Scots are great'

"It was truly a magical religious experience - the whole week," said Madonna.

"It was very personal and very intimate. We could both really look around us and feel that everybody was rooting for us and supporting us.

"It was like people got to the end of the week and it was like summer camp, no one wanted to leave each other.

Sting
Sting was among the select band of guests
"There was so much love, that was the thing, and we couldn't have found a better place to do it, in this old castle in the middle of the countryside in Scotland."

The couple had their baby son Rocco baptised at Dornoch's tiny cathedral the night before their wedding at Skibo.

The lavish hotel was once the home of Scots-born steel and railway magnate Andrew Carnegie.

It is famed for both its luxury and discretion - which the singer also praised in the interview.

"The Scots are great. And by the way, nobody grassed on us, nobody; everybody looked after us," she said.

"Everybody was trustworthy. It was like family, instantly.

'Soul mate'

"I can't tell you how glad I was that we made that choice."

Madonna also revealed she had moved to London because her relationship with Ritchie was "unstable" and one or the other had to relocate.

She said: "It was a tumultuous period in my life. I was not in a terribly stable relationship at that point and part of the reason was because we both lived in different countries.

Media outside Dornoch Cathedral
Madonna avoided the media spotlight at Skibo
The singer described Ritchie as her "soul mate" but said it had not been love at first sight for the couple.

"I knew he was a formidable human being and a great talent with a brilliant mind and all that stuff," she said.

"But I just felt like there were too many problems. So I thought: 'Well great, I've just found a great friend.'

"It took me a long time to see beyond that - and I think probably that's why it's worked."

'Mind-boggling' summer tour

In the same interview, she promised that her planned world tour this summer would be a completely new show.

"I never want to repeat myself," she said. "I don't see the point of doing a show unless you offer something that is going to mind-boggle the senses.

"It's not enough to get on the stage and sing a song. It's all about theatre and drama and surprise and suspense. So I'm looking forward to it, but I'm also nervous about it."

No tour dates have been confirmed yet, but it is rumoured she will play the Stade de France in Paris on 2 June and Amsterdam Arena on 9 June.

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