SIR Elton John hopes to marry his long-term gay lover David Furnish in a civil ceremony in December (05) - even though he will be too busy to jet his dream man away for a romantic honeymoon.

The CANDLE IN THE WIND icon plans to take immediate advantage of new British legislation coming into effect on 5 December which will allow same sex couples to be legally recognised as a civil partnership.

And John is already making arrangements to follow in British royal Prince CHARLES' footsteps when he married Camilla Parker Bowles earlier this month (09APR05) - by exchanging vows in Windsor, England.

John, 58, says, "We definitely want to do it around the middle of December, probably in Windsor. But there will be no honeymoon. I'm on tour."

John has been with Canadian television producer Furnish since 1993.

25/04/2005 02:54