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Liz's henna party; BRIDE IS TATTOOED LADY.

Byline: By LYNN McPHERSON

LIZ Hurley's Bollywood epic of a wedding finally drew to a close yesterday - as tattoo became one.

As she headed home, Liz, 41, showed off the henna tattoos - known as mehndi - she had done for her lavish ceremony in Jodhpur.

The henna designs, including the image of her husband-to-be's face, were applied to Liz's hands and feet at a women-only ritual before the traditional Hindu ceremony on Friday.

Liz and new husband Arun Nayar, 42, were accompanied by Liz's son Damian, who will be five next month, as they flew out of Jodhpur Airport.

The couple had wed in a secret ceremony in Gloucestershire last Friday followed by a church blessing the next day.

After five days of partying in Mumbai and Jodhpur, their Hindu ceremony took place at the grand Umaid Bhawan palace on Friday.

Heavy security - from both Liz's own minders and local guards - was in place to protect the couple's pounds 2million deal with Hello! magazine.

At the palace, Liz wore a traditional sari by Indian designer Rohit Bal to greet her groom, who rode in on a thoroughbred horse, ahead of a line of elephants, camels and horses.

But the Indian leg of the nuptials was marred by a scuffle between photographers and security guards.

The trouble flared outside Mehrangarh Fort, in Jodhpur, where the couple hosted a wedding dinner.

It began when a security guard slapped a television reporter as journalists tried to chase the couple's Bentley, decorated with flowers, into the fort.

Angry journalists then broke through one of the security cordons, setting off a fistfight with guards. No serious injuries were reported.

Police and organisers of the event declined to comment on the incident.

But police chiefs ordered extra security at the airport for the couple's departure. Fifty extra constables were posted there but no trouble was reported.

Liz and Arun, whose family own a textiles company, are now thought to be heading off on a 10-day honeymoon to the Seychelles.

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Hand luggage: Liz showing her tattoos arrives at airport with Arun and son Damian; Inky feet: Liz's shoes reveal more henna designs as she heads for her flight with Damian and Arun
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 11, 2007
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