All aboard the mothership! Pregnant Beyonce invites best friend Gwyneth Paltrow on luxury yacht

By Jade Watkins

Swapping notes? Mother-of-two and close friend Gwyneth Paltrow joined Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z on a luxury yacht in Venice, Italy, today, as the singer continued to celebrate her 30th birthday

She was front row and centre to watch her perform at Glastonbury back in June.

And once again Gwyneth Paltrow was right by her pregnant pal Beyonce's side as she celebrated her 30th birthday in Venice, Italy, today.

The pair were seen chatting on the deck of a luxury yacht, along with the singer's husband and the father of her first child, Jay Z.

Gwyneth, 38, appeared to have had handed over what looked to be a birthday card to her close friend.

The two certainly have plenty to catch up on, especially since Beyonce announced her pregnancy just last week.

And Gwyneth, who is mother to two children daughter Apple, six, and Moses, five, will surely have some good advice for her close friend as she gets ready for motherhood for the very first time.

Gwyneth is in Venice to promote her new movie Contagion, alongside co-star Matt Damon.

Last night, she looked dewy and youthful in a blush pink organza gown, clutch and platform heels, all by Prada.

Taking a moment: Earlier in the day Beyonce was spotted taking a moment to tenderly cradle her baby bump as she enjoyed a refreshing juice

Today for her party, Beyonce was also joined by other friends, including singer Erykah Badu, on the plush vessel to celebrate her Beyonce's big day.

Earlier in the day, the superstar was relaxing solo with her husband, spending some time soaking up the sun on the top deck.

She was later spotted taking a moment to tenderly cradle her baby bump as she enjoyed a refreshing juice.

She slipped her pregnancy figure into what appeared to be a pair of loose fitting white trousers and a navy vest.

Beyonce has been having a relaxing time in the romantic Italian city after she and her 41-year-old husband arrived there last week.

Ahoy there! The group are staying aboard this luxury boat

Over the weekend, the pair were also seen out in the romantic city of Venice enjoying a dinner date.

It is the first time that Beyonce had been pictured since she announced she is pregnant at last Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The singer looked radiant and happy as she left her hotel with her husband protectively by her side.

Her burgeoning bump could be seen underneath her maxi patterned dress which had gold embroidered halter straps and Beyoncé looked positively glowing.

Beyoncé debuted her baby bump in an orange Lanvin gown and told the assembled press: 'I have a surprise!' at the MTV Video Music Awards, late last month.

Big surprise: Beyoncé debuted her baby bump in an orange Lanvin gown and told the assembled press: 'I have a surprise!' at the MTV Video Music Awards, late last month

And the singer didn't let her pregnancy prevent her from bringing the house down with an energetic performance.

She was cheered on Jay-Z, who performed new single Otis with Kanye West, before taking to the stage herself.

Arriving onstage in a purple glittery blazer and black trousers by Dolce & Gabbana, the mother-to-be said: 'I want you to feel the love that's growing inside of me.'

After a fabulous performance of Love On Top that attracted a standing ovation from the audience, Beyoncé ripped open her jacket and proudly rubbed her baby bump.

The cameras panned to the audience where Jay-Z was beaming, as his friend Kanye jumped up and down, smacking the father-to-be on the back and shaking him.

The announcement comes after a stellar summer for the Grammy-winner in which she headlined Glastonbury and released another hit album, 4.

Beyoncé, who has won 16 Grammy awards, said in a recent interview that she feels she has achieved enough in her career to settle down and make family a priority.

'When you're young - 18 or 19 - you have the energy and drive. That's the time to work as hard as you can,' she told the September issue of In Style.

Now I'm a woman, and because I gave it my all, I can focus on my marriage.

'I can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be and dedicate myself to my children.'

Beyoncé married rapper Jay-Z on September 4, 2008 in New York.

Speaking to Piers Morgan in June, she hinted: 'I always said I was going to have a baby at 30. I'm 29 now.

'But I also said I was going to retire at 30. So I don't know,' she said, adding: 'I am not retiring, I tell you.'

Pressed by Morgan she said: 'Only God knows, only God knows.'



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