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Beyonce and Jay Z: the marriage of music's golden couple

04 SEPTEMBER 2014 Just when you thought the king and queen of the music business couldn't get any bigger, Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z ruled 2014. With the joint On the Run tour and those five minutes in the Standard Hotel lift their family and marriage became a 24-hour internet obsession.

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After all the rumours and all that talk, what has for years been described as one of the most solid relationships in showbiz, is still intact.

Bey was practically a girl when she met Jay, real name Shawn Corey Carter. In the intervening years, she's become a mother, a collector of Grammys (17 at the last count), a White House regular and the world's most powerful celebrity.

And although they come from very different backgrounds, the duo still seem to be a perfect match, soulmates, who are trying to navigate that tricky balancing act that is a modern marriage. Here in pictures is the story of that evolution.

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