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11:27 UK time, Monday, 13 June 2011

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

A certain bar bill features heavily in the newspapers today. This might not surprise those who know model Kate Moss had her hen party this weekend.

Run up after a five-hour drinking session and costing $20,000 (around £12,000), according to the Daily Mail, it includes a $825 (£508) bottle of vintage Perrier-Jouet Brut Millesime, Dom Perignon Rose '96 costing $1,395 (£859), ten bottles of vodka, ten bottles of Patron tequila, a bottle of sambuca and 34 cans of Red Bull.

But the real shocker is not the cost, rather the fact that it's not Moss's bar bill at all. It's that of Mike Tindall, the next commoner due to join the Royal Family. It's just seven weeks before he walks the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips down the aisle and he was in Florida for his stag do.

As the Daily Mail puts it, he "showed little sign of making any concessions to royal decorum on an alcohol-drenched stag weekend". He got trashed is how Paper Monitor likes to put it. In the time-honoured tradition of stag parties, there is even a picture of him in a tutu. One that had belonged to a waitress a few seconds before. The Daily Mirror even has one of him asleep at the dinner table after the bender. Classic.

Kate, on the other hand, was much more careful about the press at her hen do at the Isle of Wight festival. There are very few pictures of her celebrations, just one of the supermodel on a fairground ride in the Sun. And the best the paper can do when it comes to price tags is how much was spent on a meal at a local hotel. Her guests chipped in £45 each to tuck into risotto and chicken terrine, then main courses of lobster, crab and roast dinners accompanied by red and white wine.

But don't be fooled into thinking it was a sober affair, one little detail has emerged that means Moss keeps her party queen crown. Apparently 180 bottles of rum had to be delivered by helicopter to her own backstage VIP area. That was after the hens had polished off the 120 bottles that were already there. See Tindall, that's how you celebrate your last days as a singleton. Lightwieght.

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