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Thursday, 9 April, 1998, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
Foreign Secretary marries early
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Robin Cook and Gaynor Regan: a quiet ceremony
Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has married his fiancée in a quiet ceremony 10 days before the official wedding date.

Mr Cook was originally due to tie the knot with Gaynor Regan on April 19 in a civil ceremony at his official residence, Chevening House, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

But the couple got married at Tunbridge Wells register office in Kent on Thursday to avoid media attention.

They are to have a honeymoon over Easter and their first official engagement will be at the Lord Mayor's Banquet which Mr Cook will address on April 23.

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Robin and Gaynor: married early to avoid publicity
A spokesman for Mr Cook said: "Mr Cook brought forward the date of their wedding because they wished it to be a private event free from media intrusion. The couple will be holding a celebration for family and close friends.

"They will have a honeymoon over the Easter recess before Mr Cook goes back to his desk as Foreign Secretary at this busy time for Britain's foreign policy as we complete our presidency of the European Union and continue preparations for the G8 summit."

Mr Cook's constituency agent, Jim Devine, who was at the wedding, added: "Robin and Gaynor are delighted to be man and wife. I hope they will be left alone to enjoy the short break they deserve together."

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Blair was "very pleased and happy" for Mr Cook.

The Foreign Secretary was divorced from his first wife Margaret last month after 28 years of marriage.

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