James Blunt cosies up to his stylish wife Sofia Wellesley at restaurant bash

James Blunt cosies up to his stylish wife Sofia Wellesley at restaurant bash – after lining up for 12 hours to see the Queen’s coffin amid ‘queue-gate’

James Blunt cosied up to his stylish wife Sofia Wellesley as they both attended e&o’s 21st anniversary party in Notting Hill on Wednesday night.

The singer, 48, looked suave in a black biker jacket as he put his arm around his love, 39, – with the socialite looking pretty in a patterned dress.

It comes after last week the pair were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen in London near Tower Bridge.

Together: James Blunt cosied up to his stylish wife Sofia as they both attended e&o's 21st anniversary party in Notting Hill on Wednesday night

Together: James Blunt cosied up to his stylish wife Sofia as they both attended e&o’s 21st anniversary party in Notting Hill on Wednesday night

They were spotted amongst the throng of thousands of others who queued for over 10 hours to see the late Monarch lie in state in Westminster Hall.

It came as a row erupted over reports This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘jumped the queue’ when they arrived at the hall – a claim they have denied.

At the restaurant party James teamed his edgy jacket with a black T-shirt and jeans as well as chunky boots.

Party: The singer, 48, looked suave in a black biker jacket as he put his arm around his love, 39, with the socialite looking pretty in a patterned dress

Party: The singer, 48, looked suave in a black biker jacket as he put his arm around his love, 39, with the socialite looking pretty in a patterned dress

Meanwhile Sofia’s tiered dress featured pretty white lace detailing and was teamed with a quilted Chanel bag and gold jewellery.

She wore her long blonde tresses in loose waves in her shoulders and opted for a natural makeup look to show off her pretty features. 

The couple were joined by Celia Walden, Dean Piper, Cheryl’s ex husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini and Amanda Wakeley. 

Cool: At the restaurant party James teamed his edgy jacket with a black T-shirt and jeans as well as chunky boots

Cool: At the restaurant party James teamed his edgy jacket with a black T-shirt and jeans as well as chunky boots

Chic: Meanwhile Sofia's tiered dress featured pretty white lace detailing and was teamed with a quilted Chanel bag and gold jewellery

Chic: Meanwhile Sofia’s tiered dress featured pretty white lace detailing and was teamed with a quilted Chanel bag and gold jewellery

James and Sofia’s appearance at the party comes after they went to see the Queen lying in state.

A photo of the pair was shared to the social network by a member of the public shortly after 5pm last Sunday of them in the queue. 

The Old Harrovian stood guard over the Queen Mother’s coffin while she lay in state in 2002 and held the rank of captain in the Life Guards, part of the Household Cavalry Regiment, until he left in the same year.

Glowing: Sofia wore her long blonde tresses in loose waves in her shoulders and opted for a natural makeup look to show off her pretty features

Glowing: Sofia wore her long blonde tresses in loose waves in her shoulders and opted for a natural makeup look to show off her pretty features

Nice: James and Sofia's appearance at the party comes after they went to see the Queen lying in state (James pictured with Amanda Wakeley)

Nice: James and Sofia’s appearance at the party comes after they went to see the Queen lying in state (James pictured with Amanda Wakeley) 

Sofia is thought to be friends with The Queen’s grandaughter Princess Eugenie, and she joined the You’re Beautiful hitmaker in attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding.

It comes as MailOnline reveals Holly and Phillip were keen to issue a public apology over ‘queue-gate’, but were talked out of it after taking legal advice.

A statement was issued by ITV on Saturday and later broadcast on Tuesday’s This Morning, which was voiced over by Holly, 41, but both stopped short of using the word ‘sorry’ – a move which has left many viewers furious.

Stylish lady: Celia Walden looked incredible in a green and blue patterned dress as she posed at the Notting Hill event

Stylish lady: Celia Walden looked incredible in a green and blue patterned dress as she posed at the Notting Hill event

A source told MailOnline: ‘Every word of the statement was poured over. In the end, it’s spectacularly backfired.

‘Initially Holly and Phillip were prepared to say sorry if they’d upset anyone as they both just desperately want to draw a line under the affair. But they were advised strongly not to go down that road of saying sorry.’

This comes as a petition to have the under-fire television duo fired from their lucrative presenting roles on This Morning reached over 50,000 signatures.

Handsome: Cheryl's ex husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini also attended and wore an all-black ensemble

Handsome: Cheryl’s ex husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini also attended and wore an all-black ensemble

Music star: Hugo Heathcote was DJ-ing at the event

Music star: Hugo Heathcote was DJ-ing at the event 

Pose! Henry Conway looked great in a burnt orange suit and striped T-shirt

Pose! Henry Conway looked great in a burnt orange suit and striped T-shirt 

Such has been the backlash to the pair that TV insiders are raising ‘serious concerns’ about the presenters’ wellbeing after they appeared tearful and muted on This Morning this week.

In the first episode of the show since the row unfolded, Holly and Phil, 60, strongly denied viewers’ claims they were ‘too posh to queue’ and said they had been in Westminster Hall on Friday ‘strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event.’ 

The voiceover also hammered home the point, ‘Please know that we would never jump a queue.’ 

On their way: It comes after last week the pair were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen in London near Tower Bridge

On their way: It comes after last week the pair were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen in London near Tower Bridge

Tragic: The Queen died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday. Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday

Tragic: The Queen died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday. Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday

However some social media users were not convinced and there have been calls for the pair to issue an apology. 

ITV has since doubled down in the row over footage which seemed to show them filing past the Queen’s coffin – but Holly is said to have been hit particularly hard by online backlash and feels they have been ‘left out to dry’, sources previously said.

Viewers tweeted accusations the hosts were ‘too posh to queue’ and a change.org petition to axe the presenters has surpassed 50,000 signatures as viewers appear to reject the stars’ bid to draw a line under the scandal.

Awkward: It came as a row erupted over reports This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield 'jumped the queue' when they arrived at the hall - a claim they have denied

Awkward: It came as a row erupted over reports This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘jumped the queue’ when they arrived at the hall – a claim they have denied 

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