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A royal wedding like no other

Ex-wife gives away gay ex-husband at wedding

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A royal wedding like no other: The Queen's cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten marries his new husband - after being given away by his ex-wife reports Richard Kay reports for The Daily Mail.

Lord Ivar married his new love James Coyle two years after coming out as gay. Ivar’s marriage to Penny ended in 2011- but she gave him away down the aisle. The wedding is the first ever same-sex marriage in the extended Royal Family

For many a couple it is a long and winding road to the altar. 

For Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a divorced father of three, the path to matrimonial happiness has meant navigating all manner of obstacles that would test the strongest of relationships.

But yesterday, almost exactly two years after coming out as gay, the younger son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, and cousin of the Queen, was marking the first day of his new life — married to a man.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Lord Ivar and his new love James Coyle exchanged rings and vows in front of 60 family and friends including his three proud daughters. 

And the wife he divorced? Why, she gave him away.

Never before, surely, has there been a wedding quite like it — the first ever same-sex marriage in the extended Royal Family.

A gospel choir serenaded them, and the toasts from their two best men saw guests raising flutes of Pol Roger, Churchill’s favourite champagne.

Twenty-four years ago, Princess Margaret was among those present at the grandest of ceremonies when Ivar married his wife Penny at the family’s ancestral home in Essex.