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Elton John converts civil partnership into marriage

LONDON - Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.

The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages.

On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. “That’s the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!’’ they wrote.

John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd is expected - even if the festivities are likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John’s hell-raising rock ‘n’ roll days.

The singer - known for an impressive string of hits dating back decades - promised to post pictures of the festivities to fans around the world.

The nuptials came as no surprise: John had tweeted about his plans earlier in the week, and earlier in the year had praised England for embracing same-sex marriage. He said there had been a remarkable change in a country where homosexual acts had long been deemed criminal offenses. John said the wedding would be a joyous occasion shared with the couple’s two sons, Zachary and Elijah.

The food included wild mushroom soup with truffle cream, beef short rib with caramelized onion pie and warm chocolate pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert, according to a photo of the menu posted by Brooklyn Beckham. AP
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