LGBTQ communities rejoice as the Royal Family is set to celebrate its first ever same-s3x marriage late this summer. Following Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s lovely wedding, the Queen’s third cousin (once removed), Lord Ivar Mountbatten and his partner, James Coyle, who he met at a Swiss ski resort, will tie the knot and make history.

After 16 years of marriage to his ex-wife, Penelope Thompson, Mountbatten finally came out as gay, is the first of British royal blood to do so, says the Daily Mail. “I was driven into the closet by not wanting to come to terms with who I was and facing friends and family in the early years. I buried it. I even had girlfriends as I tried to work out what I wanted to be,” he told the Daily Mail in 2016, in regards to the homophobic discrimination he feared.

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Though Mountbatten hid his s3xuality from the world, he made sure his family was always on the same page. “I never thought I would get married because I didn’t want to be untruthful,” he admits. “Penny was aware before we got married. I told her I was bis3xual, that my attraction went both ways. She was understanding and I will always be grateful to her. We had a lot of fun, we have three fabulous daughters and I don’t regret any stage of my life.”

His girls, Ella, 22, Alix, 20, and 15-year-old Luli, are extremely supportive of the union and even came up with the idea for their mother, his closest friend, to be the one to give him away down the aisle. “It was the girls’ idea,” says Thompson. “It makes me feel quite emotional. I’m really very touched.” Thompson now shares her life with her significant other of two years, David Hurst, who is also is helping the pair with their wedding arrangements.

The small ceremony will be held in a private chapel on Mountbatten’s beautiful country estate in Devon and include only close family and friends. Later, around 120 other guests will join them for a delightful evening of partying. “We’ll have lovely food and really good music,” his partner explained to the Daily Mail. “We’ll probably have cheese, instead of cake,” Mountbatten added.

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The Same S3x Couples Act was passed in 2013 by Prime Minister David Cameron, legalizing gay marriage in the UK. Since then, it has changed the country’s acceptance of homos3xuality, recalls The Sun. In a survey done by the British Social Attitudes, the amount of people that believe same-s3x partnerships were “not wrong at all” has almost quadrupled from 17% when the survey started in 1983, to 64% in 2016, reveals BBC. “Being a Mountbatten was never the problem,” the husband-to-be remarked. “It was the generation into which I was born. When I was growing up, it was known as ‘the love that dare not speak its name’, but what’s amazing now is how far we have all come in terms of acceptance.”

The 55-year-old Lord uprooted his life and the norms he knew for so long, for true love and freedom, and he couldn’t be happier. “I knew there was something incredibly special about Ivar when we met, and even if we’d just gone on being friends skiing with each other and playing tennis, we’d have been glad to have that. But to have found that we both fell in love was a complete validation of all I’ve ever wanted,” Coyle heartwarmingly professed. Mountbatten shared the sentiment and admitted he doesn’t know what he would do without his soulmate. “Finally I am able to love myself and the reason this marriage is acceptable to all of us, particularly our lovely daughters, is because of the character of James, the nature of the beast — the gorgeous beast.”

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