The couple, who have been together for more than a decade, took part in their civil partnership ceremony wearing smart, but sober, dark suits. They laughed and waved at fans following their civil partnership ceremony at Windsor’s Guildhall.
Some supporters had travelled from as far away as Australia to get a glimpse of the celebrity pair’s nuptials, while British PM Tony Blair even took time out from his monthly press conference at 10 Downing Street to congratulate them. The PM also hailed the success of the new measures to put same-sex relationships on the same legal footing as heterosexual ones, which nearly 700 couples are thought to have taken advantage of yesterday: “I think it is a modern, progressive step forward for the country and I am proud we did it.” Among the handful of guests privy to the ceremony between Elton, aged 58, and Canadian filmmaker Furnish, aged 43, were close friends artist Sam Taylor-Wood and her husband, art dealer Jay Jopling. Mr Jopling said: “They kissed at the end. It was very, very happy. It was just like any other couple getting married.”
Elton’s mother Sheila and stepfather Fred, and Mr Furnish’s parents Gladys and Jack, who flew in from their native Canada, were also at the venue - which hosted the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles in April.
Jack Furnish described it as “one of the happiest days of my life” and a beaming Gladys said: “I’m very proud.”
Last night’s wedding party guests include Liz Hurley, Sharon Osbourne, Cilla Black, Lulu and Donatella Versace.
The party was held in two huge marquees, but multi-millionaire Elton has requested no presents.