British TV presenter Clare Balding has revealed she married her long-term partner in a very low-key ceremony.
Balding and her partner, newsreader Alice Arnold, have been together for 14 years and entered a civil partnership in 2006, which they now converted to a marriage.
‘We converted,’ she tells Jonathan Ross in the Jonathan Ross Show tonight, according to the Huffington Post.
‘So it was a civil partnership that we did in 2006, and then we actually went to the same registry office and they just backdate it to when you did your civil partnership. So officially now we have been married since 2006.‘
Balding and Arnold tied the knot in a tiny ceremony – with only themselves present – at the same venue in Chiswick, West London, where they had their civil partnership.
Despite the small ceremony, Balding jokingly tells Ross she would like a party but doesn’t quite know about the etiquette.
She said: ‘I’m quite keen on the whole idea of a party, obviously. I don’t know the etiquette though, are you allowed to ask for presents again?
‘It’s all about the party and the presents.’
The presenter, known for her coverage of various sporting events, has always been a supporter of same-sex marriage and promised she would marry Arnold as soon as it was legal in Britain.
‘The next thing is to be able to say “married” and have people, businesses, ask what your husband or wife does without assuming you are straight or gay,’ Balding says.
‘That one word, “married”, is crucial because it defines our relationship. The way we see ourselves and the way we wish others to see us.’