Former Beatle Paul McCartney married for the third time on Sunday, tying the knot with New York heiress Nancy Shevell at the same London venue where he married his first wife. McCartney and Shevell, who wore a long-sleeved, knee-length white dress and a white flower in her hair, were showered with flower confetti by a small group of friends and family after the civil ceremony at Westminster Register Office. The town hall was where McCartney married his first wife, Linda, in 1969. She died in 1998 after losing her battle with breast cancer.
The low-key ceremony, which was due to be followed by a party at McCartney’s north London home, was a stark contrast with his lavish second wedding to former model Heather Mills in 2002, when 300 guests filled a castle in Ireland. That marriage ended in an acrimonious divorce, which was finally agreed in 2008 after almost two years of wrangling when Mills received a settlement worth £24.3 million (then $48 million, 30.8 million euros). McCartney, 69, and his 51-year-old bride have been dating for four years and announced their engagement in May.
As they emerged from the register office, McCartney held up his new wife’s hand to loud cheers from the hundreds of well-wishers outside, before heading to his home in the upmarket district of St John’s Wood for the reception. Asked how he felt as he returned home, he told reporters: “Terrific, thank you. I feel married. I feel absolutely wonderful.” Among the select number of guests at the ceremony was Ringo Starr, wearing a dark suit over a T-shirt and trainers, as well as his trademark tinted glasses. He gave a peace sign to the crowd before going inside.
One fan was overwhelmed, shrieking: “That was a Beatle! That was a Beatle!” McCartney’s appearance sparked even more hysteria, with hundreds of people shouting his name, including one woman from New York could not believe her luck at being on holiday in London at the same time as the marriage. “I’m 55, and I’ve been a fan all this time. I’m thrilled!” said Regina Bellisari. “My sister went to the first Beatles tour in the US, but I was too young. She always rubbed it my face, but now I can finally get her back.”
The couple are due to fly to the US to continue the celebrations in the exclusive Hamptons retreat in New York state, where both own homes, British media reported. McCartney had one child with Mills – a daughter, Beatrice, who was born in 2003 – and another four from his first marriage. Shevell also has a son, 19-year-old Arlen, from her first marriage to a US lawyer. Despite the pressures of dating one of the world’s most famous musicians, Shevell has largely kept out of the spotlight.
What a beautiful wedding snapshot! They both look so young and happy! The third time’s the charm! (WINK)