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May 25, 2019

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on Their Honeymoon on Gibbs Beach in Barbados, 1966

Pattie Boyd was in a relationship with photographer Eric Swayne when she met George Harrison in March 1964, and therefore declined his initial date proposal. Several days later, having ended the relationship with Swayne, she accompanied Harrison to a private gentlemen's club called the Garrick Club, chaperoned by the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein.

In July 1964, Harrison bought Kinfauns, a house in Esher, Surrey, to escape the constant attention of fans in central London, and Boyd soon moved into the house also. The couple were engaged in December 1965, and married in January 1966.


Boyd provided inspiration for several of Harrison's Beatles compositions, including "I Need You", "If I Needed Someone", "Love You To", "Something" and "For You Blue".

In March 1970, a month before the Beatles' break-up, Boyd moved with Harrison to Friar Park, a Victorian neo-Gothic mansion in Henley-on-Thames. By this point, Harrison's devotion to Indian spirituality, particularly the Hare Krishna movement, had begun to divide the couple. They were also unsuccessful in starting a family, and Harrison would not consider adoption.

Boyd resumed her modelling career in May 1971, in defiance of Harrison's spiritual convictions. In 1973, she had an affair with Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood. Boyd said her decision to leave Harrison in 1974 was based largely upon his repeated infidelities, culminating in his affair with Starr's wife Maureen, which Boyd called "the final straw".

The couple's divorce was finalised on 9 June 1977. Boyd's solicitor, Paddy Grafton-Green of the London firm Theodore Goddard, later remarked on the sensitivity shown by each party towards the other, which he found particularly rare in his experience of high-stakes divorces. He said: "There was no overreacting, no greed or playing with each other's emotions – I wish all divorces were so well handled."

These lovely photos captured moments of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on their honeymoon at their rented villa called Benclare on Gibbs Beach in Barbados in February 1966.


















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