Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

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Amazing day with family and special friends congratulations Uncle Elton and Uncle David #ShareTheLove
It's beginning!! The Registrar welcomes our guests. #ShareTheLove
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English countryside wedding. Congrats Elton and David! #sharethelove #suitsyousir #londonforchristmas
That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony! #ShareTheLove @DavidFurnish
Our little ring bearers are fast asleep, and their shoes are polished and ready for tomorrow's celebration. @DavidFurnish #ShareTheLove
Good morning! Nice day for a wedding. #ShareTheLove
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Today's menu! #ShareTheLove
And the tables are set for a delicious lunch. #ShareTheLove
The tables look stunning! We had red roses at our Civil Partnership 9 years ago and they brought us so much luck. #ShareTheLove
The exchange of vows. #ShareTheLove
Zachary grabs David's iPhone and takes a photo of his brother while we exchange our vows. #ShareTheLove
English fashion journalist Susannah Constantine arrives to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BUrberry CEO Christopher Bailey (L) and his partner English actor Simon Woods arrive to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Cars queue along the driveway as guests arrive to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Former England football captain David Beckham (L) and his wife British fashion designer Victoria (R) arrive with their family to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
British actor David Walliams (L) and his Dutch wife model Lara Stone arrive to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
English singer and song writer Ed Sheeran arrives to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
British fashion designer Victoria Beckham arrives with her husband, former England football captain David Beckham and their family to attend British pop legend Elton John's wedding to his partner David Furnish at their mansion in Windsor, west of London, on December, 2014. Elton John married long-time partner Furnish in Windsor, the ninth anniversary of their civil partnership, with the singer posting evidence on social media. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.

The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages.

On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents. "That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!" they wrote.

John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd is expected - even if the festivities are likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John's hell-raising rock 'n' roll days.

The singer - known for an impressive string of hits dating back decades - promised to post pictures of the festivities to fans around the world.

The nuptials came as no surprise: John had tweeted about his plans earlier in the week, and earlier in the year had praised England for embracing same-sex marriage. He said there had been a remarkable change in a country where homosexual acts had long been deemed criminal offenses.

John said the wedding would be a joyous occasion shared with the couple's two sons, Zachary and Elijah.

The singer had said earlier this year that he and Furnish planned to take advantage of the changes to the law, even though they already had a civil bond recognized by the courts.

"We shouldn't just say, 'Oh well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married," he said.

John and Furnish met in 1993. Both have been active in a number of charities, with John focusing on efforts to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998 in recognition of his charitable works.


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Elton John is among the stars who have taken a stand against comments made by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the designers behind Dolce & Gabbana. In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama, the collaborators are quoted as saying that IVF results in "children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog." The pair were romantically linked before breaking up in 2005, and they acknowledged their sexuality in the interview.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Sir Elton John and David Furnish arrive for the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party held at West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Windsor, United Kingdom: A marquee is erected in the grounds of Sir Elton John`s country house in Windsor, in Berkshire, 19 December 2005, in preparation for a party to be held after Elton John formalises his relationship to long-term lover David Furnish at the Windsor Guildhall on Wednesday 21st December 2005. The first civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples in the UK are being held in Northern Ireland today, followed by Scotland on Tuesday and England and Wales on Wednesday. AFP/ ANDREW STUART (Photo credit should read ANDREW STUART/AFP/Getty Images)
The crowd show their support with face-masks and a celebration cake!; Sir Elton John & David Furnish's civil partnership ceremony. The celebrity couple tied the knot before Christmas, after The Civil Partnership Act is brought into force.; Windsor Guildhall, Windsor, Berkshire.; 5th December 2005; Job: 10058; Ref: Patrick / Celebs; (Photo by Patrick Catler/Photoshot/Getty Images)
James Blunt during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Reception Arrivals at Windsor Guildhall in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Reception Arrivals at Windsor Guildhall in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Kelly Osbournce and Sharon Osbourne during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Reception Arrivals at Windsor Guildhall in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Sam Taylor-Wood and Guest during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Departures at Windsor Guildhall in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Sir Elton John during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Departures at Windsor Guildhall in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Jamie Cullum and Guest during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Reception Arrivals at Windsor in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by C. Uncle/FilmMagic)
Hugh Grant during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Reception Arrivals at Windsor in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by C. Uncle/FilmMagic)
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter during Sir Elton John and David Furnish's Civil Partnership Ceremony - Reception Arrivals at Windsor in Windsor, Great Britain. (Photo by C. Uncle/FilmMagic)
Atmosphere at the Windsor Guildhall in Windsor, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jamie Tregidgo/WireImage)
WINDSOR, United Kingdom: British pop singer Sir Elton John blows a kiss to fans at the Guildhall in Windsor, 21 December 2005, after conducting a short civil 'wedding' ceremony with his partner David Furnish at the registry office in Windsor. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples, led by pop star Elton John and his Canadian partner, David Furnish, were making history Wednesday as they became the first in England and Wales to tie the knot in civil partnership ceremonies. AFP PHOTO/ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Elton John (R) and David Furnish attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: (L-R) David Furnish, Andrew M. Cuomo and Elton John attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Musician Elton John and partner film maker David Furnish kiss after being presented HRC's National Equality Award at the 18th annual Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Dinner in Washington on October 25, 2014. HRC is the largest US civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: PREMIUM PRICING APPLIES. Sir Elton John and David Furnish attend La Nuit Des Etoiles night club at the Woodside End of Summer party to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation sponsored by Chopard and Grey Goose at Woodside on September 4, 2014 in Windsor, England. A percentage of revenue from the sale of this image will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. EJAF is one of the world's largest HIV grant-makers ejaf.org/London (Photo by Dave Benett/Elton John AIDS Foundation/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: David Furnish, Elton John and David Cooley attend The Abbey Food & Bar's 9th annual Christmas in September event at The Abbey on September 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: David Furnish (L) and Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Sir Elton John (L) and David Furnish attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)
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