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Tennis legend Rafa Nadal to marry sweetheart tomorrow in Brit-owned Majorca fortress where Gareth Bale tied the knot

TENNIS star Rafa Nadal will marry his childhood sweetheart tomorrow at a British-owned fortress in Majorca where Gareth Bale wed earlier this year.

The 33-year-old two-times Wimbledon winner will tie the knot with stunning Xisca Perello at La Fortaleza, where 2016 BBC spy thriller The Night Manager starring Hugh Laurie was filmed.

Rafa Nadal and fiancee Xisca Prello, who are to marry on Saturday
The venue in Majorca where Nadal will marry

The stunning venue in Majorca has been used in TV shows including The Night Manager

An enormous marquee went up yesterday at the spectacular estate, owned by Conservative party donor Lord Lupton.

Juan Carlos I, King of Spain for more than four decades until his abdication in June 2014, is on the guest list and is expected to arrive by helicopter if he attends.

Retired tennis player Carlos Moya, a former world number one, will be among the 350 guests.

Michelin-starred Majorcan chef Macarena de Castro has reportedly been tasked with the wedding menu.
Tomeu Catala, who has been named as the priest that Rafa and his long-term partner will marry in front of, told island paper Diario de Mallorca earlier this month: Everyone of the weddings I have been involved in has been special and this one will be the same.

I am just going to marry two people who love each other.

Rafa and Xisca Perello – real name Maria Francisca Perello – have been dating for 14 years.

The brunette gave up a job in insurance to become project director for the Rafa Nadal Foundation, the charity he founded nearly ten years ago.

She is well-known as an incredibly private person.

Retired tennis player Carlos Moya, a former world number one, will be among the 350 guests

Rafa and Xisca Perello – real name Maria Francisca Perello – have been dating for 14 years

Gareth Bale got married at the venue

Xisca Perello watches partner Rafa Nadal at Wimbledon

Rafas home town of Manacor in Majorca had in the past been identified as the possible location for the couples wedding as well as an abbey in the north of the island.

The tennis star told Hola! in March last year: Obviously I intend and want to form a family. I love children and I would like them to do what they want in life.

The magazine later revealed the couple had got engaged in Rome last May.

The estate the Spanish couple have picked to marry was where Real Madrid star Bale tied the knot with Emma Rhys-Jones in June as part of a three-day celebration.

The couples three children, Alba Violet, six, Nava Valentina, three, and Axel Charles, one in May, were present at the ceremony along with Bales parents Frank and Debbie.

Emmas grandparents John and Eva McMurray complained they had been excluded along with her fraudster dad Martin, 55.

La Fortaleza, which overlooks the bay of Pollensa in north-east Majorca, was purchased by Lord Lupton in 2011 for 30million although the original asking price is believed to have been around the 75m mark.

It was described ahead of the sale as Spains most expensive property.

The original fort was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders. By the time Lord Luptons family bought it the estate had been expanded to include a helipad, two swimming pools and seven villas with 17 en-suite bedrooms.

Rafa and Xisca Perello – pictured here in 2006 – have been dating for 14 years.

The original fort was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders

La Fortaleza, which overlooks the bay of Pollensa in north-east Majorca, was purchased by Lord Lupton in 2011 for 30million

In The Night Manager it was the lair of the worst man in the world – billionaire arms dealer Richard Roper who was played by Hugh Laurie.

Spanish model Helen Lindes and basketball player Rudy Fernandez also married there in July 2015.

Guests included NBA star Pau Gasol.

Gareth Bale secretly wed his childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones, 27, in front of just 60 family and pals

Gareth Bale secretly wed his childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones at the venue

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