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In pictures: McCartney and Mills

Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney attend an awards ceremony in 2000

Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills met in 1999 when the former Beatle worked on a charity single with the former model. They confirmed they were "an item" early in 2000.

A handout picture released by Sir Paul and Mills to mark their engagement

Sir Paul had been largely silent about his love life following the death of his wife of 29 years, Linda, in 1998. He admitted arranging meetings about charity work to see Mills.

Sir Paul and Mills pose for photgraphs following their engagement

The couple announced their engagement in 2001, Sir Paul having proposed during a short trip to the Lake District. He admitted to having been "a bit nervous".

Sir Paul and Heather meet fans the day before their wedding in County Monaghan, Ireland

The wedding was a lavish, carefully shielded 300-guest affair at a castle in County Monaghan, Ireland. The couple turned down a magazine offer of 1.5m for pictures.

Sir Paul and Mills meet the Queen at an exhibition of his paintings at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

Sir Paul had always written poetry and painted, but it was only after meeting Mills that he found the confidence to publish and exhibit that work.

Mills and Sir Paul protest earlier this year in Canada against the annual seal slaughter

Mills has often roped in her husband's celebrity for the charity work that has earned her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. They have campaigned together this year.

Sir Paul and Mills

Mills has endured repeated press criticism since their wedding, including claims of a rift with Sir Paul's children. The couple have blamed "intrusion into their private lives" for their split.

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