Sir Elton John's husband David Furnish is celebrating becoming a British citizen. Canada-born David, marked the occasion by sharing a photograph on Instagram showing him holding hands with the couple's two sons, Zachary, six, and Elijah, four, in front of a portrait of the Queen. In an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's controversial immigration ban, he also praised the UK for championing the "spirit of acceptance and tolerance".
Sir Elton John's husband David Furnish has been granted British citizenship
He wrote: "A very emotional morning for me. This morning, I was sworn in as a British citizen. As an immigrant, I moved to the UK more than 27 years ago. I was welcomed with open arms. This spirit of acceptance, tolerance and diversity has allowed me to achieve a life beyond my wildest dreams. I am a very blessed man, and I am extremely proud to now carry both British and Canadian passports @eltonjohn #ShareTheLove."
It comes just a few weeks after David and Elton celebrated both their civil partnership and wedding day anniversary. The couple were the first high-profile couple to tie the knot in a UK civil ceremony on 21 December 2005 – the day the Civil Partnership Act came into force. And exactly nine years to the day later, they were married, when same-sex marriage was made legal in 2014.
Sir Elton and David recently celebrated their civil partnership and wedding anniversary
Alongside a photo of himself with Elton, David wrote: "23 years ago when I met this extraordinary man, I never dreamed that one day I would be able to legally marry the man I love. 2 years ago that dream became a reality. I want to thank everyone that fought to make that dream possible. I also want to thank all the wonderful friends and family who loyally stand by us and support us every day. @eltonjohn @whereloveisillegal #ShareTheLove."
Sir Elton also shared a touching anniversary message on Instagram. "Today is our Civil Partnership and Wedding Anniversary," he wrote. "I am so grateful to live in a country that acknowledges and supports same sex relationships. David and I feel very blessed. After 23 years together, we are blissfully happy. Love is universal. @davidfurnish #ShareTheLove."