Queen’s cousin marries boyfriend in royal family’s first ever gay wedding

The Queen’s cousin has made history by marrying his boyfriend in the Royal Family’s first same-sex wedding.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten tied the knot with his partner James Coyle in a "perfect" day – despite the miserable British weather.

He was given away by his ex-wife Penny, in front of their three daughters Ella, Alexandra and Louise Mountbatten and other family and friends.

Lord Ivar and Penny divorced in 2010 after a 16-year marriage and he came out two years ago.

He later revealed he struggled with his sexuality throughout their relationship but they remained close.


Lord Ivar, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, met partner James Coyle in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Verbier.

The pair tied the knot on Saturday in the private chapel on his country estate in Devon.

The small ceremony was followed by a big party with about 120 guests.

Lord Ivar shared photos of their celebration on social media, thanking everyone who make it such a special day.

He wrote: "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."

Earlier this year, Lord Ivar, Penny and James spoke openly about their relationships in an interview with the Daily Mail .

Lord Ivar knew he was gay from a young age, and told Penny he was bisexual before he proposed.

He spoke about how supportive his friends and family have been, and how welcoming they’ve been to James.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail , he said: "I had a really happy childhood but I could never tell my parents I was gay. Where I grew up, gay men were called poofs, queers, everything derogatory under the sun.

"In 15, 20 years’ time people will struggle to understand how we came to be having such conversations. People will look back and say, ‘What’s the big deal?’ But for our generation it was."

Penny added: "What I don’t think Ivar realises is how much he has changed as a man since he ‘came out’. James is hugely responsible for that because he’s so much fun."

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