Sir Elton John and David Furnish celebrate double anniversary of historic civil partnership

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Sir Elton John is celebrating two anniversaries this week – eleven years after he tied the knot in one of the UK’s first civil partnerships.

The veteran singer and his partner David Furnish were the highest-profile couple to enter an early civil partnership, holding an extravagant reception after registering on December 21 2005 – the first day that civil partnerships existed.

The pair would later convert to a marriage on the same date nine years later, effectively backdating their marriage to 2005.

Sir Elton took to Instagram to celebrate his double anniversary.

He said: “Today is our Civil Partnership and Wedding Anniversary.

“I am so grateful to live in a country that acknowledges and supports same sex relationships.

“David and I feel very blessed. After 23 years together, we are blissfully happy. Love is universal.”

Eleven years on, the pair are continuing their work to advance LGBT equality around the world.