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Sting, together with other celebrity guests and millionaires were invited by the British clothing tycoon Richard Caring to St. Petersburg last weekend to attend three days of lavish balls, concerts and parties at the Grand Hotel Europe and palaces in the city. Guests included among others former U.S. President Bill Clinton, singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler. 450 guests were flown to the event, which was held in aid of Britain’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and guests paid $8.600 each to attend (minor detail: the NSPCC was not involved in the organization of the event but was aware that it was taking place).
Sources: The St. Petersburg Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times Agenda was as following:
The weekend began on Friday when Caring flew many of his guests from the U.K.. A reception was held that night at the Yusupov Palace.
On Saturday a banquet and ball were held at the Catherine Palace where Sir Elton John, Tina Turner and Sting performed, according to reports. Guests at the ball were dressed in Napoleonic-era outfits.
Other guests included Philip Green, the retail billionaire; Allan Leighton, chairman of Royal Mail; and Sir Tom Hunter, a Scottish entrepreneur.
“As a true jazz lover, Bill Clinton was spotted in the Lobby Bar of the Grand Hotel Europe and at Sunday’s jazz brunch,” Khlopina said. “Liz Hurley and her husband treated themselves to Russian cuisine, ordering borscht and beef Stroganov. They also bought Beluga caviar as a souvenir. Sting, on the other hand, opted for sturgeon caviar.”
Sources: The St. Petersburg Times, The Independent, The Sunday Times