Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman

Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office on 12 March 1969.

Although the event was supposed to be a secret, many onlookers and reporters heard about it and turned up for a glimpse of the couple. The register office had been booked the previous day, and McCartney had bought a £12 ring “just before the shop shut”.

We were crazy. We had a big argument the night before we got married and it was nearly called off. We were very up and down, quite funky compared to the eventual image of ‘Twenty-five years of married bliss! Aren’t they lucky for people in showbiz?’ But we are. You get this picture of us swanning along in a little rowboat managing to avoid the white water, but we were right in the middle of that white water, man, so it’s even more miraculous that we made it. But we did.
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

To avoid the crowds the couple entered the register office via a side door. None of the other Beatles attended the ceremony, but McCartney’s brother Michael and The Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans acted as witnesses.

I really don’t remember whether or not I invited any of the band to the wedding. Why not? I’m a total bastard, I suppose – I don’t know, really. Maybe it was because the group was breaking up. We were all pissed off with each other. We certainly weren’t a gang any more. That was the thing. Once a group’s broken up like that, that’s it.
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

Mike McCartney’s train broke down during his journey from Birmingham to London, and he arrived an hour late. Although he presumed the wedding would have finished, he took the waiting limousine to the register office, where he found huge crowds of weeping fans. Inside Paul and Linda were waiting for him to arrive.

After the ceremony the wedding party went to St John’s Wood Church where the marriage was blessed by Reverend Noel Perry-Gore.

Marylebone Register Office is today known as Westminster Register Office, and is based at Westminster Council House, Marylebone Road, London.

Last updated: 24 January 2024
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