This year will be a busy one for the royal family in terms of weddings, and we now have yet another ceremony to add to the docket. Believe it or not, this latest one has the potential to be even more acclaimed than its royal wedding predecessor.
In between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 nuptials and Princess Eugenie's upcoming fall matrimony, Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, will marry his partner, James Coyle, later this summer. NBD, but these two will go down in history as having the first same-sex wedding EVER within the royal family. This is huge.
Lord Ivar, who was previously married to ex-wife, Penny, came out publicly in 2016 after falling in love with Coyle. Penny and Lord Ivar, who were married for 16 years but divorced in 2011, share three daughters. According to Daily Mail, Lord Ivar "struggled with his sexuality throughout most of that 16-year marriage," and he originally told his former wife that he was bisexual prior to his proposal.
Penny, thankfully, has no hard feelings, and will even escort Lord Ivar down the aisle, per their daughters' idea. And, don't expect all the pomp and circumstance of previous royal weddings this time around—the couple plans to say "I do" in a small ceremony in a private chapel on Lord Ivar's estate in Devon (located in southwest England). Afterward, they'll host about 120 friends for a celebratory party, minus the traditional cake cutting and first dance.
"We'll have lovely food and really good music, but there won't be two men in tuxedos on a cake, white doves or anything twee or contrived like that," Coyle confessed to Daily Mail. Lord Ivar added that they'll "probably have cheese, instead of cake."
Coyle and Lord Iver met in March 2015 at a ski resort in Switzerland. According to Penny, the 55-year-old aristocrat has changed for the better since crossing paths with Coyle.
"He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him," she said. "Now it's 'out' he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier."
Lord Iver added that he was "never unhappy" while married to Penny. "I adored Penny—really loved her," he said. "But I always describe it as trying to get a square peg into a round hole."
Congratulations to Lord Iver and James Coyle for their upcoming nuptials and for making royal wedding history, and we're hoping QE2 will be in attendance. This is one marriage that will undoubtedly shake up royal family tradition for the better.