LATEST: Rod Stewart will marry fiancee Penny Lancaster at his Florida mansion this Christmas (DEC05) when the rocker's divorce from estranged wife Rachel Hunter will finally be completed.

The 60-year-old DO YA THINK I'M SEXY? singer proposed to the 33-year-old model on Saturday (12MAR05) during a romantic trip to Paris, France's Eiffel Tower.

But by the time the paper work is completed for his divorce from Hunter, the winter weather in Britain, France and Los Angeles will be too cold for the wedding, so the couple have opted for a warm ceremony at his Palm Beach home, reports British newspaper The Sun.

A close friend says, "Rod was seriously considering Scotland because he is proud of his Scottish heritage, but thought it would look corny. And the weather's unreliable.

"France and LA were also contenders, but Palm Beach guaranteed good weather and a golden beach.

"Penny's dad GRAHAM has been joking about footing the bill at all the other options. This one might be a slightly cheaper option."

15/03/2005 03:13