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In pictures: Sir Elton's union

David Furnish and Sir Elton John

Pop star Sir Elton John, 58, and Furnish, 43, sealed an 11-year relationship on the first day ceremonies became legal in England and Wales.

Sir Elton's mother Sheila

The low-key ceremony was attended by the pair's parents, including Sir Elton's mother Sheila.

Artist Sam Taylor-Wood

Artist and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood entered the Guildhall with Arthur, Mr Furnish's black-and-white dog, on a lead.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish

The happy couple left the half-hour ceremony wearing matching diamond rings.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham was among the throng of celebrities who attended the lavish party to celebrate Sir Elton and Mr Furnish's union.

Cilla Black

It gave locals and the paparazzi a chance to see who, like Cilla Black, made it on to the guest list.

 Liz Hurley

Actress Liz Hurley looked demure in white as she arrived with her partner Arun Nayar.

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne was left waiting in the traffic jam with the rest of her family - mum Sharon, brother Jack and dad Ozzy.

Claudia Schiffer

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer was also at the party, alongside her film director husband Matthew Vaughn.

Lulu

Other guests included Lulu, singer Joss Stone, Hollywood actress Sharon Stone and jazz star Jamie Cullum.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish by Sam Taylor-Wood

An official portrait of the couple taken by Ms Taylor-Wood has been released.




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