Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten made history as the first royal to have a same-sex wedding when he exchanged rings with his homosexual partner James Coyle, in Devon in front of family and friends. However, neither the queen, not Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Charles were seen at the event, citing schedule conflicts.
55-year-old Ivar, the queen’s third cousin, came out two years ago and is now the first member of the extended royal family to marry someone of the same sex.
Telling his joy to the world, Ivar took it to his respective Instagram account declaring “we did it finally.” He posted his wedding photograph with the caption which read – “Well we did it finally!” “It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather.”
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Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather. Fabulous service conducted by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion. The accompanying gospel choir were amazing. Thank you so much to Bristol’s Teachers Rock Choir for your superb singing. Most importantly 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……#wedidit #wonderfulday #despitetherain
Even three months back, Ivar took it to Instagram to reveal his daughters’ wish of his mother walking him to the aisle to give away to James. He captioned it saying, ‘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 previously married Penelope Penny Vere Thompson in 1994, but they divorced on amicable terms in 2011. Five years later, he publicly came out as gay. They have three daughters together, ranging from ages 15 to 22.