Pic: Ivar Mountbatten / Instagram
Queen Victoria’s great-great grandson, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, has just married his partner in what’s said to be the first British same-sex Royal wedding.
Mountbatten, 55, who is also Queen Elizabeth II’s third cousin, married his boyfriend of four years, James Coyle, on Saturday.
Remarkably, it’s been reported that he was given away by his ex-wife, Lady Penny Mountbatten, who walked him down the aisle.
The two divorced in 2011 after 17 years of marriage and Mountbatten publicly came out as bisexual in 2016. They have remained close friends.
The men, who met at a Swiss ski resort in 2014, tied the knot in a low-key ceremony at Mountbatten’s Bridewell Park country estate in Devon, England. It’s understood that his three daughters were also in attendance.
An Instagram post of the wedding showed the couple wearing velvet jackets holding an umbrella as they braved the rain. “Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather,” Mountbatten said.
“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…”
Mountbatten previously said that he decided to marry again for the sake of his partner, who had not been married before.
“For me, what’s interesting is I don’t need to get married because I’ve been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I’m pushing it because I think it’s important for him. James hasn’t had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give you that,” he told Daily Mail.
It’s not clear if any of the other well know royals, like Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, or even the queen herself, attended the ceremony.