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Britain’s Got Talent’s posh violinist: ‘I played for Vladimir Putin’

Britain’s Got Talent contestant Lettice Rowbotham has revealed that she played her violin at the secret wedding of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter.

The starlet - described by judge David Walliams as the “poshest” Britain’s Got Talent contestant ever - revealed that she was paid just £200 to perform at 27-year-old Yekaterina Putina’s three-day nuptials to South Korean Yoon Joon-won, 28 in 2012.

Lettice, 24, told the Mirror newspaper how she was escorted in and out of the reception at the luxury hotel La Mamounia, in Marrakesh, “very quickly by security”, along with her now defunct band, High On Heels.

She said: “It was really fun, and such an amazing experience. At the time it was top secret, we couldn’t tell any one what we were doing.

“We were asked to do it, not by Putin himself, and we weren’t paid very much.

“It looked like the most brilliant party, there was no expense spared. I’ve done quite a few functions but this one was quite special.”

The wedding, paid for by Putin , was of Russian tradition, and attended by several international figures.

Despite being one of the most famous leaders in the world, divorced Putin, 61, has always kept Yekaterina and her older sister Maria, 28, out of the limelight.

Lettice is one of the only people to have spoken about the lavish celebration.

The Royal College of Music graduate - who started playing when she was just three years old - is tipped to make the live shows of Britain’s Got Talent, which will be screened in May.

Lettice is close friends with X Factor stars Matt Cardle and Olly Murs, and has turned down a role on the E4 reality TV show, Made In Chelsea, to concentrate on her music.

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Britain’s Got Talent, round three of the auditions, can be seen on Saturday, April 26.