Elton and David
to marry where Charles and Camilla did

Pop star Elton
John will wed his long-term partner, David Furnish, at the
same venue where Prince Charles married Camilla Parker
Bowles in April in the royal town of Windsor. The
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead announced on
Monday that the celebrity couple would formalize their
12-year relationship through a civil partnership ceremony on
December 21 at the Guildhall, Windsor. Monday was the
first day same-sex couples could register their
partnership and take advantage of a law giving them
legal status, although they must wait two weeks for it to
take effect.

Council leader
Mary Rose Gliksten welcomed John and Furnish to the
17th-century Guildhall. "Sir Elton and Mr. Furnish are
making a solemn and formal commitment to each other,
and our Guildhall offers them both dignity and
privacy," she said on the borough's Web site. "We wish
them both much happiness for their important day."

John, 58, said
last month that he wanted a small private ceremony where
the partners' parents would act as witnesses. "But it is
anticipated that many fans will converge on Windsor
for the occasion," the borough warned. "The Royal
Borough is working with Thames Valley Police to ensure
the event goes smoothly and that the town is disrupted
as little as possible during this last busy shopping period
before Christmas."

John, one of the
most successful solo artists of all time, previously
married Renate Blauel in 1984, but they divorced four years
later. His publicist said earlier this year that one
of the main reasons he wanted to formalize his
relationship with Canadian-born Furnish was financial,
with civil partnerships giving gay partners the same
property and inheritance rights as married couples.

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