The Royal Family Will Have Its First Ever Same-Sex Wedding This Summer

Another history-making moment for the Royal Family!

This year was filled with big celebrations for the royal family: the Queen celebrated the 65th anniversary of her coronation, Prince Williams and Kate Middleton welcomed their third child and second son and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed. 

But the summer will bring with it another royal wedding (no not that of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank), and it will be historic. 

The Queen’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten is set to marry his long-term partner, James Coyle, making history as the first-ever same-sex marriage in the history of the Royal family.

The first member of the extended royal family to have a gay wedding spoke with the Daily Mail of his upcoming nuptials: “I really wanted to do it for James. He hasn’t been married. For me, what’s interesting is I don’t need to get married because I’ve been there, done that and have my wonderful children; but I’m pushing it because I think it’s important for him. James hasn’t had the stable life I have. I want to be able to give you that.”

Mountbatten was married to Penny with whom he shares three daughters, Ella, 22, Alix, 20, and Luli, 15. Mountbatten also told the outlet that his daughters couldn’t be more excited about the wedding. 

“When I mentioned it to our eldest daughter, Ella, she said, ‘Oh Pap, it’s not a big deal. It’s so normal nowadays’. Of course that generation, they’re completely cool about the concept of this… We’ll be pronounced partners in marriage, but the ceremony itself will be very small. It’s just for the girls and close family and friends.”

This wedding is set to place later this summer at a private chapel in Devon, England. 

Congratulations to the happy couple!