Queen Elizabeth’s Cousin Lord Ivar Marries In First Ever Royal Same-Sex Marriage

Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the cousin to Queen Elizabeth, married his partner James Coyle on Saturday, marking the first ever same-sex marriage in the ruling British monarchy.

The 55-year-old Lord Ivar, who is technically the Queen’s third cousin, got divorced from his wife, Penny, in 2011 after a 16-year marriage. Five years later, he publicly came out as gay. The Lord said his three daughters, Alexandra, Ella, and Louise, asked their mother to give him away at his wedding.

He confessed to having struggled with his sexuality throughout the 17 years of his previous marriage. He remained a good friend to his ex-wife after the divorce.

“Future and former spouses,” Lord Ivar wrote under a photo of himself alongside his ex-wife and husband-to-be. “My daughters decided it was only right their Mum should walk me down the aisle and give me away to James. Here’s hoping he won’t say no at the last minute.”

Lord Ivar, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, met James in an upmarket Swiss ski resort. He shared photos of their wedding in a small ceremony for family and close friends at a country house in Devon on his Instagram, writing: “Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather.”

“A massive thanks to my 3 gorgeous girls for being so understanding and supportive, without their support this could never have happened! And finally, the biggest thank you to James for being just perfect.” He added.

There were no members of the royal family in attendance, but Lord Ivar is said to have received lots of good wishes and congratulations, most notably from his long-term friend Prince Edward.

He told the Daily Mail, that Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, couldn’t attend the wedding since “their diaries are arranged months in advance and they were not free but they adore James.”

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