Lord Ivar Mountbatten

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Lord Ivar Mountbatten
Born Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten
(1963-03-09) 9 March 1963 (age 54)
London, England
Education Gordonstoun School
Alma mater Middlebury College
Spouse(s) Penelope Thompson
(m. 1994; div. 2011)
Children Ella Mountbatten
Alexandra Mountbatten
Louise Mountbatten
Parent(s) David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven
Janet Mercedes Bryce

Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten, DL (born 9 March 1963) is a British aristocrat. He is a third cousin, once removed, of Queen Elizabeth II.

Early life[edit]

Lord Ivar Mountbatten was born in London on 9 March 1963. He is the younger son of David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven and Janet Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven (née Bryce). He is the younger brother of the 4th Marquess of Milford Haven, and a direct descendant of Catherine the Great[1] and Alexander Pushkin.[2] He is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria, who was his great-great-great grandmother, making him a third cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. He is one of the godfathers of Lady Louise Windsor (born 2003), the daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.[3]

Mountbatten was educated at Gordonstoun School, the same school as educated the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and he graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont with a B.A. degree.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mountbatten married Penelope Anne Vere Thompson (born 17 March 1966, Salisbury, Wiltshire), daughter of Colin Thompson, of Old Manor House, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, and his wife Rosemary Vere Edwardes,[5] on 23 April 1994 in Clare, Suffolk. They divorced in 2011. They have three daughters:

  • Ella Louise Georgina Mountbatten (born 20 March 1996).
  • Alexandra Nada Victoria Mountbatten (born 8 May 1998).
  • Louise Xenia Rose Mountbatten (born 30 July 2002).

Ivar and his wife separated in September 2010 and their home, Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon was originally put up for sale. The couple divorced in November 2011. In January 2015, Ivar converted Bridwell into an exclusive use wedding venue, and for corporate functions and business events.

In September 2016, Mountbatten revealed that he was in a relationship with James Coyle, an airline cabin services director whom he met while at a ski resort in Verbier.[6][7]

Although Mountbatten is not a member of the royal family, he is the first member of the monarch's extended family to openly participate in a same-sex relationship.[8]



Lines of succession
Preceded by
Lady Tatiana Mountbatten
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Alice, daughter of Victoria
Succeeded by
Ella Mountbatten