Source: Sunday Mirror

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

[ed: Thanks to Banquo...]


Rock superstar Brian May has married his long-term partner Anita Dobson in a secret ceremony.

The Queen guitarist and former Eastenders' actress wed at Richmond Register Office, Surrey, yesterday morning in a ceremony planned with military precision.

Only the couple's closest friends and family knew about the wedding, and minders went to great lengths to keep it a secret from the moment a fleet of Mercedes left the couple's £2million Holland Park home in West London.

And leaving the Register office under the protection of an umbrella, Anita made sure nothing - even the weather - would spoil her day.

Following the short ceremony guests, including Brian's bandmates Roger Taylor and John Deacon, enjoyed a lavish lunch at an exclusive Kensington restaurant.

Anita, 51, who became famous for palying Queen Vic landlady Angie Watts in Eastenders, wore a simple red suit for the wedding.

Multi-millionaire May, 52, who has three children from his first marriage, wore a white suit. The celebrity couple famed for their unique his 'n' hers hairstyles, have enjoyed a tempestious on-off affair for the last 12 years. Many believed they would never get married, particulary after an acrimonious split in January 1999 when Anita discovered that Brian had been having an affair with his secretary Julie Glover.

The pair were reunited in September that year but only after Brian had given in to Anita's demands to sack Julie. In April this year the Sunday Mirror revealed that Brian, who wrote the Queen hit Crazy Little Thing Called Love about Anita (sic), had undergone intensive therapy at an exclusive Arizona clinic for his 'addiction' to her.

It was at the suggesstion of his therapist that the couple flew off on a 'new beginning' sunshine holiday to the Seychelles and Mauritius where Brian is understood to have proposed. "This is the third time Brian and Anita have tried to get married in the last month" a friend said.

"They wanted it to be private and hoped the Zeta Jones wedding would take the heat of them".

The couple are now on their way to a secret- island Carribean honeymoon.