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Yoko Ono and John Lennon got married 55 years ago today

Yoko Ono and John Lennon got married 55 years ago today

March 20, 2024

On March 20 1969, two of the most iconic figures in the world of art and music, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, united in matrimony, marking the beginning of a partnership that would go on to have an ever-lasting cultural legacy.

The ceremony, far from the opulent affairs often associated with celebrities, was a modest event held at the Rock of Gibraltar. It was a setting chosen for its simplicity and symbolism, emblematic of the strength and enduring nature they hoped their relationship would embody. This understated affair was a prelude to a honeymoon that would captivate the world's attention – the Amsterdam Bed-In for Peace.

John and Yoko's honeymoon was not about secluded romantic gestures; instead, it was a week-long demonstration at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam, where they invited the global press into their room to discuss peace and protest against the Vietnam War. This ‘bed-in’ was an act of peaceful protest, demonstrating the couple's shared values. Their hotel bed became a platform for advocacy, demonstrating how love can be a catalyst for change.

John and Yoko's relationship was more than a marriage; it was a partnership that defied expectations and broke boundaries. It was a union that demonstrated how love, art, and activism could intertwine to create a powerful message of hope and unity. As we remember their wedding anniversary, let us also celebrate the enduring influence of their collaborative spirit and the timeless message of love and peace that they championed.

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Cover image credit: Eric Koch / Anefo




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