The Queen’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, has become the first member of the extended royal family to have a same-sex wedding.
Mountbatten (pictured, right) wed his partner James Coyle at an intimate ceremony in front of 60 people on Lord Mountbatten’s estate in Devon on Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.
Lord Mountbatten, who is the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II once removed and a member of the extended royal family, shared the news and a series of photos from the big day on his Instagram.
“Well we did it finally! It was an amazing day despite the miserable British weather,” he wrote.
He went on to thank his three “gorgeous girls for being so understanding and supportive” and his new husband James “for just being perfect”.
Lord Mountbatten was previously married to his ex-wife Penelope Thompson and came out as gay in 2016.
At the wedding ceremony, Mountbatten was “given away” by Thompson, with whom he has three children, Ella, Alix, and Luli.
Since coming out, Mountbatten has opened up about the struggles he faced with his sexuality.
“I had a really happy childhood but I could never tell my parents I was gay,” he told the Daily Mail in June.
“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.”
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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. 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……#wedidit #wonderfulday #despitetherain