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The Royal Family is going to have its first ever gay wedding

Still got that Royal wedding fever? Then this is for you

The Royal Family is going to have its first ever gay wedding
19 June 2018

Just when you thought you’d seen the last of all that Royal wedding fever… SURPRISE! The Royal Family is about to see its first ever same-sex wedding when Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, marries his fiancé James Coyle.

Mountbatten, 55, is the great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and became the first member of the royal family to come out as gay back in 2016.

Coyle is an airline cabin-services director who met the minor royal at a Swiss ski resort popular with members of the Royal Ramily.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten came out as gay in 2016, he will marry his partner James Coyle in the coming months

According to the Daily Mail, who interviewed the couple, there will be a “small ceremony” with only close family and friends, followed by a reception with only 120 guests.

Mountbatten, a professional geologist who spent years working in South America, revealed how he still struggles with his sexuality since coming out as gay it in 200. He even admitted:

“Being completely truthful, it doesn’t sit comfortably with me that I’m going out with a man. I lived my whole life as a heterosexual. So, all of a sudden, having a bloke around is unusual — even now. It’s brilliant but I suppose in an ideal world I would prefer to have a wife because that has always been the norm.”

Lord Mountbatten was previously married to a woman and has three children. His ex-wife, Penny, is supportive of the wedding and will even walk him down the aisle. 

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Many historians agree that King James I was gay

Although this might be the first gay wedding in the history of the Royal Family, Lord Mountbatten certainly isn’t the first queer person of royal lineage.

Historians have argued that both Richard The Lionheart (1157- 1199) and Edward II (1284-1327) could have been gay.

But the strongest evidence is with King James I (1566-1625), who succeeded Elizabeth I after she died without any heirs.

James I had many male lovers and shared an intimate relationship with George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, who eventually became a powerful royal adviser.

And all this raises the question: will we ever have a gay king or queen? 

(Images: Getty)