Royal Family's First Gay Wedding: The Queen's Cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten Is Set To Marry His New Love James Coyle

Date June 18, 2018

How times have changed for forbidden royal lovers. Nowadays, royal family is very open-minded and welcomes any marriages.


Lord Ivar Mountbatten, son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and cousin to the Queen, calls his wedding to his ex-wife Penny as ‘the best day of my life’.

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But now, the 55-year-old found a new love - 56-year-old James Coyle. The father-of-three caused quite a shock when he revealed he has been struggling with his sexuality whilst being married for 16 years.

Finally, he came out as gay after meeting Coyle in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier. Their love has bloomed, and soon, the two men will connect their lives forever, as they set to wed in the private chapel at the lord’s magnificent country estate in Devon.

This existing event will mark the first time the same-sex marriage will happen in the extended royal family.

James considers Lord Ivar’s two daughters as his children. Penny, who divorced the Queen’s cousin eight years ago, is very supportive of their union, so much so she is going to give her former husband away at the ceremony, saying it was actually their daughters’ idea.

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The Twitter world exploded with reactions when the news was announced.

Penny admits Lord Ivar has become ‘completely different person’ after stopping keeping his sexuality a secret. The extended family members have noticed how happier he has become, including Lord Ivar's lifelong friend Prince Edward, and gave their full blessing.

Congratulations to soon-to-be-wedded!

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