Elton John to marry in 'quiet' wedding in May

Sir Elton John has said that he and his partner David Furnish are to marry "quietly" in May, following a change in the law that allows same-sex marriages.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish who are aiming for a "low-key" wedding in May following a change in the law which allows same-sex marriages Credit: PA

Sir Elton, 67, told told NBC's Today show: "We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."

The couple underwent a civil partnership eight years ago on the day such ceremonies were introduced.

Sir Elton - who has two children with Furnish - said: "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."

Furnish, 51, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the couple don't feel the need to take "the extra step legally" but said "We all live by example.”

The film director said that the pair have famously enjoyed hosting big parties in the past, “But with the kids, everything is different."

He told the newspaper that the ceremony would take place in an English registry office in May "with a couple of witnesses."