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It's really happening - George Clooney files legal papers for marriage

Published 07/08/2014 | 20:06

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Hollywood star George Clooney and his fiancee, British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin

Hollywood actor George Clooney and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin have posted legal notice in London of their plan to marry in Italy, a spokesman for the borough of Kensington and Chelsea said on Thursday.

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News of the couple's engagement was confirmed in April when Alamuddin's legal practice in London issued a statement congratulating them.

The banns, or formal notice of the wedding, were posted at Kensington and Chelsea Register office in southwest London from last month until Thursday, the spokesman said.

The couple would have had to visit the office and pay a fee of 35 pounds ($59) each before signing the document which was then displayed for 16 days.

Amal Alamuddin, fiancé of actor George Clooney during the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit at the Excel centre in east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 12, 2014. See PA story POLITICS ESVC. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Amal Alamuddin, fiancé of actor George Clooney during the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit at the Excel centre in east London. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Two-time Oscar winner Clooney, 53, has been married once before but since his 1993 divorce from Talia Balsam has remained one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors and had vowed never to remarry.

Alamuddin has advised United Nations former secretary-general Kofi Annan on Syria, represented Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in challenging her detention before the European Court of Human Rights and has also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings.

Photos of the notice, published by the Daily Mirror, show 36-year-old Alamuddin's occupation as "barrister" and her status as "single". Clooney, listed under his full name of George Timothy Clooney, is described as "actor and director", with his marital status "previous marriage dissolved".

The document names the location of the wedding as Italy but does not give a date. Media have reported the ceremony will take place in September at Clooney's villa by Lake Como.

Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said he could not reveal any information about wedding plans.

A spokeswoman for Alamuddin's law firm was not immediately available to comment.

George Clooney has posted his wedding banns with Amal Alamuddin at Kensington and Chelsea register office (Rex)
George Clooney has posted his wedding banns with Amal Alamuddin at Kensington and Chelsea register office (Rex)

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