Lord Ivar Mountbatten became the first member of the British royal family to have a same-sex wedding when he recently married his partner, James Coyle, on 22 September 2018.
According to Entertainment Tonight, 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.
Penny, Mountbatten’s ex-wife 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.”
In an Instagram post, Ivar posted some photos of the reception and ceremony.
“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. Also @venetianorrington for the great photos. 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…..”
The 55-year-old royal became the first royal to publicly identify as gay in 2016.
According to Stuff, Jonathan Thomas, the publisher of Anglotopia.net who has been covering the British monarchy and British culture since 2007 said Ivar is distant from the throne that his marriage does not raise any issues involving the constitution.
“The royal family still abides by a law passed in 1772, titled the Royal Marriages Act, that requires the first six people in the line of succession to receive permission from the ruling monarch before they marry. (The Queen gave her formal consent to Prince Harry and Meghan in March).”