Kate Bush attends marriage of Elton John and David Furnish

Couple tie knot on 9th anniversary of their civil partnership

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have formally converted their civil partnership to a marriage, with Sir Elton documenting the entire wedding day on Instagram using the hashtag #ShareTheLove.

The couple hosted a ceremony at their Windsor estate in Berkshire, with Kate Bush, Ed Sheeran, the Beckhams, Liz Hurley and David Walliams among the big names in attendance. Other friends congratulated the couple on social media, including Gary Barlow, who Tweeted: “What an incredible day”, and Hugh Grant, who wrote: “Groom Groom – Britain races into the future. Congrats Elton and David. Congrats enlightened UK.”

Elton John set up the Instagram account specially for the wedding and began the day by posting photos of the invitation, which read “Sir Elton and David Furnish request the pleasure of your company to celebrate their wedding.” He followed that with a picture of a frosty garden, captioned “nice day for a wedding”.

More updates followed, including a photo of the registrar in front of one of Damien Hirst’s glass tanks, and one of the couple’s son Elijah clasping his dad’s leg and a stuffed toy, with the words: “Zachary grabs David’s iPhone and takes a photo of his brother while we exchange our vows. #ShareTheLove.” Other photos show Ed Sheeran stealing a pair of Sir Elton’s glasses as the groom laughs on.

That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony! #ShareTheLove @DavidFurnish

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The exchange of vows. #ShareTheLove

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Furnish and Sir Elton became civil partners in 2005 and have two sons. In March, new laws in England and Wales allowed for same-sex marriage. Sir Elton said at the time that he was “very” proud of Britain for changing the law.

“Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time – through the 60s and the 50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act,” the star said.

“So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married’. We will get married.”

In November, the singer also spoke out against homophobia during a gig in St Petersburg. Offering his views mid-set on the Russian decision to remove a statue of Apple founder Steve Jobs after the company’s current CEO, Tim Cook, came out as gay, he said: “Steve’s memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay?! Does that also make iPads gay propaganda?! Is Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music ‘sexually perverting’?!

“If I’m not honest about who I am, I couldn’t write this music. It’s not gay propaganda. It’s how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity.”