Queen’s cousin marries boyfriend in Royal Family’s first EVER gay wedding

THE Queen’s cousin has married his boyfriend in the Royal Family’s first ever gay wedding.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten tied the knot with his partner James Coyle in a “perfect day”.

The dad-of-three was even given away by his ex-wife Penny in the history making day in front of family and friends.

The ceremony also took place in front of Lord Ivar and Penny’s three daughters Ella, Alexandra and Louise Mountbatten.

The divorced couple parted ways in 2010 after a 16-year marriage before Lord Ivar came out two years ago.

“Well we did it finally!”

Lord Ivar Mountbatten

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 in an upmarket Swiss ski resort.

The pair were wed on Saturday in the private chapel on his country estate in Devon before having a 120-guest party.

Lord Ivar shared photos of their big day on Instagram, writing: “Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather.

Queen smiling, Lord Ivar Mountbatten marrying James CoyleGETTY/LORD IVAR MOUNTBATTEN/INSTAGRAM

JUST MARRIED! The Queen’s cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten made history at the weekend
(Pic: GETTY/LORD IVAR MOUNTBATTEN/INSTAGRAM)

“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, with Lord Ivar admitting he knew he was gay from a young age.

He told the Daily Mail how he told Penny he was bisexual before he proposed, adding: “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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