McCartney to wed in low-key style
PAUL McCartney is expected to marry his American fiancee, Nancy Shevell, today at the same venue where he married his first wife, Linda, 42 years ago.
The date the couple have chosen -- October 9 -- is also poignant because it would have been his fellow Beatle John Lennon's 71st birthday.
Just 30 guests are expected to attend the civil ceremony at Marylebone register office in central London. McCartney married Linda Eastman there on March 12 1969. This will be his third marriage and Miss Shevell's second.
The wedding reception is, according to reports, being held in the back garden of McCartney's house in St John's Wood, close to Abbey Road Studios where the Beatles recorded most of their albums.
A small marquee has been erected in McCartney's garden and a further canopy outside the rear entrance of the house will allow guests some privacy.
The low-key wedding is in stark contrast to McCartney's second marriage to Heather Mills, a former glamour model, from whom he was divorced after four years in 2008. McCartney, 69, married Miss Mills in a more lavish affair at Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan in 2002.
At the time, his family expressed their concern that he was rushing into marriage.
This time around, the marriage to Miss Shevell has been welcomed. McCartney's daughter Stella is understood to have designed the dress.
Miss Shevell, 51, is heir to her father's haulage firm, valued at £250m (€290m).