The First Ever Gay Royal Marriage and They Are Proud to Show the Photos

The British monarchy has always been considered very conservative and respectful to the rules and traditions that have been in the family for generations. However, during these past few years, the kingship from the UK has loosened up and has accepted things that would have been unthinkable in the past. 

To everyone's surprise, the royal family had the first gay wedding in its history a couple of months ago. The queen's cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, came out as gay in 2016 and tied the knot with the love of his life. Today, we will recap the momentous event with some new photos of the ceremony. Take a look!

The Queen's cousin

Earlier this year, we witnessed the wedding of Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten, a lesser-known member of the monarchy. The 55-year-old is a third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He is not officially part of the British royal family, but rather one of the monarch's extended relatives. 

He married Penelope Anne Vere Thompson, the daughter of Colin Graham Thompson of Old Manor House, in 1994 and had three daughters with her: Ella, Alix, and Luli. However, the couple split up in September 2010 and divorced in good terms in November 2011 after 17 years of marriage. 

Coming-out news

Five years later in September 2016, after gay marriage became legal in the UK in 2014, Mountbatten came out of the closet speaking about his sexuality for the first time and confessing he had found love. Up to that point, only his ex-wife Penny and his partner knew about his sexual orientation. During a Telegraph interview, Ivar said:

"I was driven into the closet by not wanting to come to terms with who I was and facing family in the early years. I buried it."

But that year, he was happy to introduce his partner, James Coyle, who was an airline cabin services director. The younger son of the Third Marquess of Milford Haven met Coyle at a Swiss alpine resort in Verbier earlier that year in March. His former wife and three daughters were supportive and welcomed Ivar's partner into the family. 

The royal wedding

Now two years after that news, we could behold the union between Mountbatten and Coyle in what is considered the first gay marriage in the royal family, and we have to say it was pretty lavish. The two wedded on Saturday, September 22 surrounded by family and friends.

The guests

The private ceremony took place in Mountbatten's Grade I-listed mansion venue in Bridwell Park, Devon. Although there were no royal witnesses like the Queen, Prince Charles or his children, among the guests, we could see Ivar's ex-wife Penny whom he has had a close relationship after their divorce in 2011.

Surprisingly, it was Penny who walked Mountbatten down the aisle and 'gave him away.' Presumably, their girls suggested the idea in this very modern marriage story. Of course, their daughters, ranging from 15 to 22, were also present. Ivar even thanked them on the social networks. 

"Most importantly a massive thanks to my three gorgeous girls for being so understanding and supportive, without their support this could never have happened!"

On the other hand, Prince Edward and her wife couldn't make it to the wedding. Lord Ivar is Louise's godfather, and the royal couple is godparents to Ivar's two oldest daughters. However, Ivar told Daily Mail that their agendas were arranged with months in advance, so they were not free on the date, but he clarified they adore James. 

The newlyweds had said before that the event would be very low-key, with only close friends and family. The reception was very small indeed, with only 60 people in total. But we cannot forget an exceptional guest, Rosie, the couple's dog. The couple shared an adorable pic of the pooch and said: 

"Rosie is exhausted from participating in the marriage ceremony, not to mention hoovering up all the scraps falling from the party tables!"

The details of the wedding

Daily Mail reported that the celebration started on Friday night with a welcome dinner for 30 people that was then followed by a ceremony on Saturday afternoon for some additional 30 guests. The service occurred in a chapel that was filled with tons of flowers, while the reception took place in the orangery. 

Prior to the wedding, James also added that they wouldn't cut a cake, and instead, they had a tiered collection of their favorite types of cheese. The lovely couple was married by the Chief Registrar for Devon, Trish Harrogate, who was able to set a sober but cheerful tone for the ceremony. 

To liven up the occasion, singers from Bristol’s Teachers Rock Gospel Choir, who wore velvet smoking jackets, serenaded the newlyweds. According to Daily Mail, the guests enjoyed dinner with monkfish, and Mountbatten posted a pic of the couple tasting menus ahead of the wedding stating:

"Jimmy's pre-wedding diet went out of the window for the day as we had 5 different starters to choose from, 2 mains and 2 puds, not to mention the selection of canapés to begin with!"

The guests also were entertained with some dancing time, speeches, and the two best men giving toasts with flutes of Pol Roger Champagne. Although the day was fantastic, the miserable British weather ruined things a bit. Nevertheless, they finally did it, as some of the photos' captions read. 

The attire

The grooms donned velvet jackets for the big day, with Coyle dressing in deep blue, while Ivar went for emerald green. Milly Maunder specially made the rings of the lovebirds; they picked up the custom-tailored jewelry 11 days before the wedding, and James didn't want to take it off since then. So romantic! 

Some important decisions

The official commemoration was even more surprising considering the Lord's previous statements to Daily Mail. He said he could do without a ceremony because he had already had one with Peggy. However, he resolved to do it at the end. The main reason was that he thought it was significant for Coyle. 

"James hasn't had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give him that." Regarding a proposal, James told the Mail last June that they did not have one, "just an acceptance of this great love. He cares. I care. The girls are very accepting." Moreover, neither of them are planning to have a change in their names, and Ivar stated: 

"I suppose if we had met ten years ago, a civil partnership would have been nice, but now that marriage between a man and a man is legal it seems the right thing to do. I have had the whole marriage thing — and been very happy — but James hasn't, so I see it as a validation of my love for him."

British reception

We are sure that Mountbatten will go down in history books not only for being the first royal member to come out as gay but also for being the first one with a same-sex wedding. Despite the fuzz that this news was expected to cause, the marriage is not raising eyebrows in the United Kingdom.

The Washington Post reported the results of a national census in 2016 indicating that over 60% percent of the citizens believe that same-sex relationships are not wrong, and perhaps that is why it has been legalized in most parts of the nation since 2005. However, Northern Ireland has not recognized it yet. 

On the other side, Lord Ivar is not in line to the throne, so his decision has little bearing on the family leaders. Additionally, he does not require permission from the ruling monarch according to the 1772 Royal Marriages Act which states that only the first six people in the line of succession need to receive the approval. 

After considering all these interesting details, we cannot wish Lord Ivar Mountbatten and James Coyle anything else than happiness in the new journey they have before them. We are sure that after breaking the rules with this modern wedding, we can expect to see more changes in the British monarchy in the future. 

Source: The Washington Post, Daily Mail, Insider, Cosmopolitan, Telegraph, Harper's Bazaar

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