22 SEP 2018
The Wedding of Lord Ivar Mountbatten
On 22nd September 2018, in the private chapel at his beautiful home - Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon, Lord Ivar Mountbatten (b.1963) - the second son of David, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven (1919-1970) married James "Jimmy" Coyle (b.1962), an airline cabin services director, who he met in Verbier, Switzerland in 2015.
Ivar was previously married to Penelope Thompson (b.1966) and had 3 daughters. They separated in 2010, divorced in November 2011 and in September 2016, Ivar announced that he was in a relationship with James - the first open same-sex relationship within either the Royal Family, the extended Royal Family and their relations.
James Coyle & Lord Ivar Mountatten on their wedding day
Lord Ivar Mountatten & James Coyle signing the marriage register
on their wedding day
The wedding was a very happy occasion (despite the bad weather), fully supported by Ivar's children and his former wife "gave him away". Coyle’s dog Rosie was “exhausted from participating in the marriage ceremony, not to mention hoovering up all the scraps falling from the party tables” proudly wore a rainbow ribbon too. The guests were entertained by the Bristol Teachers Rock Choir and a singer named Joe Bailey, who played an acoustic cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September." The newlyweds requested that guests donate to the spinal injury charity Regain instead of gifts. Lord Ivar is the Chairman of the charity's board of Trustees.
Ivar's close friend Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (b.1964) and his wife Sophie (b.1965) - who are godparents of his daughters Ella (b.1996) and Alix (b.1998), were sadly unable to attend the wedding, however they sent their warmest congratulations. Ivar is godfather of The Wessex's eldest child - Lady Louise Windsor (b.2003).
In an unusal twist, there was no wedding cake - but a tiered block of their favourite chesses. A truly unconventional thing for a most modern marriage.