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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 March, 2005, 18:34 GMT
Rod Stewart to wed for third time
Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart
Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart may get married in Scotland
Rock star Rod Stewart is to marry his girlfriend, model Penny Lancaster.

The 60-year-old singer will wed Lancaster, 33, when his divorce from second wife Rachel Hunter is finalised.

Stewart and Lancaster have been together for five years. "I left it this long because I wanted to get it right this time," Stewart said.

"I've never been happier and more in love than I am today." Stewart got down on one knee to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Wednesday.

Stewart's record company BMG said the couple planned to marry later this year.

Lancaster's agent Nicholas Young said: "There are no hard wedding plans yet. Rod's preference is to get married in Scotland."

Mr Young said Stewart asked permission from Lancaster's father before proposing.

Rachel Hunter with Rod Stewart
Stewart was married to Rachel Hunter for nine years
"Having been satisfied his intentions were honourable and his prospects were reasonable, he gave consent," he said.

Stewart married Hunter in 1990 but they split after nine years. He was previously married to Alana Hamilton and has a daughter by model Kelly Emberg.

After a 40-year career, Stewart has enjoyed one of his most successful periods to date, topping the US album chart for the first time and winning his first Grammy Award.

Last June, Lancaster appeared in a one-off charity performance of the musical based on Stewart's songs, Tonight's The Night.

Two years ago, Stewart complained that the press and public "kill me because of Penny".

"I'm not upset by what people say, except when it's personal," he said, adding: "They never have a go at Paul McCartney for marrying a younger woman."

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