FIRST Royal Gay Wedding in UK: 10 RESONANT Facts About Queen Elizabeth Cousin’s Milestone

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The Royal family made history one more time by celebrating its first gay wedding – a monarchy that, at a time, was even against allowing divorcees into their family. 

Read on Nexter.org about the highlights and best moments of Lord Ivar Mountbatten and James Coyle wedding.

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First gay wedding in the royal family

When media have they finished discussing the wedding of Prince Harry with American actress Megan Markle, the royal family is again at the center of attention. And again because of the wedding! This time 55-year-old cousin of Queen Elizabeth II Lord Ivar Mountbatten married his beloved, 56-year-old man, James Coyle. It is noteworthy that this is the first gay wedding in the royal family.

They met 10 years ago

Lord Ivar stated he met James ten years ago and a civil marriage would be a great decision for them, but now that the marriage between the two men is legal, they thought it would be right to get married.

Where the wedding was held

The wedding ceremony was held at a private chapel of the country estate of the 55-year-old Mountbatten, the third son of the Marquess of Milford-Haven, in Devon and had 60 guests (closest friends and relatives) instead of 120 they had previously invited.

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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,” Ivar has written in Instagram post.

There was no proposal 

James told the media “it’s a very modern marriage,” adding  that “there was no proposal, just an acceptance of this great love. “I never thought this would happen. It’s brilliant, but I never thought I’d marry a man.”

Lord Ivar is a divorcee

Lord Ivar Mountbatten was previously married to a woman named Penny, with whom he had three daughters. He reportedly told Penny before their engagement that he was bisexual, as reported by E! News.

Among the guests at the wedding, the ex-wife of the Lord was seen along with their three daughters. Despite the fact that they divorced back in 2011, the former spouses remained on good terms. According to the Queen’s brother himself, all 17 years while he lived with his wife, he doubted his sexual orientation, and only a few years ago dared to openly say that he was gay.

In fact, Penny walked Lord Mountbatten down the aisle on his wedding day. “It makes me feel quite emotional. I’m really very touched,” she was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

Ex-wife and children support the couple

Lord Ivar noted that the most important thing was a huge thank to his three wonderful girls for their understanding and support. He also added that without them all this could never happen.

‘Penny was aware before we got married . . . that my attraction went both ways,’ he said. ‘She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her.’

They have a dog Rosie

After the wedding, Lord Ivar shared that his and Coyle’s dog Rosie was “exhausted from participating in the marriage ceremony, not to mention hoovering up all the scraps falling from the party tables.”

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Queen Elizabeth didn’t come to the wedding

It is noteworthy that neither Elizabeth II nor the princes Harry and William and their wives appeared at the ceremony. Also, the youngest son of Her Majesty Prince Edward, who is close friends with Ivar and is the godfather of his eldest daughter. Ivar, in turn, is the godfather of Edward – Lady Louise.

The honeymoon 

The honeymoon to Greece or Croatia — the destination has still to be decided — has been postponed until later in the year, The Daily Mail reports.


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