Queen’s Cousin Will Get Hitched At Royal Family’s First Gay Wedding

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Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Queen Elizabeth II’s third cousin once removed, will marry his partner at the first same-sex marriage in the extended British royal family.

His wedding to James Coyle is set for summer 2018. Ivar, a great-great-great grandson of Queen Victoria, came out as gay in 2016, according to the New York Daily News. (RELATED: Melania Trump Is Set To Meet The Queen Next Month)

This is not Ivar’s first wedding. He was married to Lady Penny Mountbatten for 16 years, and they have three children. His ex-wife will give Ivar away at the ceremony, he told the Daily Mail.

England, Wales and Scotland legalized gay marriage in 2014, but Ivar’s approaching union raises the question of what title his new husband will take. A bill that would allow same-sex partners to receive titles equivalent to opposite-sex spouses has been stuck in committee in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords since 2013.

Ivar’s wedding will be a small affair with an intimate ceremony on his country estate and a reception with approximately 120 guests. (RELATED: The Queen Reportedly Drinks Four Cocktails A Day, Including One For Breakfast)

It is unknown which members of the royal family will attend. Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, has remained close to Ivar but will not be able to attend.

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