Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Marries Partner In First-Ever Same-Sex Wedding in Royal Family
By Jennifer Drysdale
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History was made last Saturday!
Lord Ivar Mountbatten became the first member of the British royal family -- immediate or extended -- to have a same-sex wedding, when he married his partner, James Coyle, on Sept. 22.
Mountbatten, a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, and great-nephew of Earl Louis Mountbatten (Prince Philip's uncle), tied the knot with Coyle in a private chapel at Bridwell Park in Devon, England. The 55-year-old royal took to Instagram to share photos from the ceremony and reception.
Mountbatten's ex-wife, Penny, walked him down the aisle at the request of their three daughters. "Future and former spouses,” he previously wrote alongside 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.”
Mountbatten made headlines in 2016 when he publicly came out as gay. Before then, the only other person in his life who was aware of his sexual orientation was his wife, Penny, whom he was married to from 1994 to 2011. In a recent interview with The Daily Mail, Mountbatten shared that he had told his wife he was bisexual when they got married.