Lord Ivar Mountbatten

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Lord Ivar Mountbatten
BornIvar Alexander Michael Mountbatten
(1963-03-09) 9 March 1963 (age 55)
London, England
Alma materGordonstoun School
Middlebury College (B.A.)
Penelope Thompson
(m. 1994; div. 2011)

James Coyle
(m. 2018)
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, farmer, and geologist.[1] He is a third cousin, once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. Although he is not a member of the British royal family proper, he is the first member of the British monarch's extended family openly in a same-sex relationship.[2] Lord Ivar married his same-sex partner, James Coyle, on the 22 of September 2018,[3][4] becoming the first member of the British monarch’s extended family to have a same-sex wedding.[4]

Early life[edit]

Mountbatten was born in London, to David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, and the former Janet Bryce. His elder brother George is the 4th Marquess of Milford Haven. Queen Victoria was his great-great-great grandmother, he is a first cousin, once removed of Prince Philip, and he is a descendant of Alexander Pushkin.[5]

Mountbatten was educated at Gordonstoun School, the same school attended by Prince Philip and Prince Charles, and he graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a B.A. degree.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mountbatten married Penelope Anne Vere Thompson (born 17 March 1966, Salisbury, Wiltshire), daughter of Colin Graham Thompson, of Old Manor House, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, and his wife Rosemary Vere Edwardes.[7] The ceremony took place on 23 April 1994 in Clare, Suffolk. They have three daughters:

The couple separated in September 2010 and divorced amicably in November 2011. In 2015, he converted their former home, Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon into an exclusive-use venue for weddings, 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.[8] On 22 September 2018 they were married in a private ceremony on Mountbatten's estate in Devon. Mountbatten's former wife walked him down the aisle and 'gave him away' at the suggestion of their children.[9] James Coyle said - “It’s a very modern marriage. There was no proposal, just an acceptance of this great love. He cares. I care. The girls are very accepting." 

Mountbatten is one of the godfathers of Lady Louise Windsor (born 2003), the daughter of Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie.[10]



  1. ^ Wells, Emma (27 May 2018). "Inside Ivar Mountbatten's grade I listed home". thetimes.co.uk.
  2. ^ Beresford, Meka. "The first person in the royal family has just come out as gay". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ Duffy, Nick (24 September 2018). "Queen's cousin marries in first gay royal wedding".
  4. ^ a b "The first ever gay royal wedding has taken place". 24 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Descendants of Alexander Sergeivich Pushkin". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Penelope Anne Vere Thompson".
  8. ^ Harley, Sarah (17 September 2016). "Queen's cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten has spoken of his decision to come out as gay after finding love". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  9. ^ Reynolds, Daniel (June 17, 2018). "Get Ready for the First Gay Royal Wedding". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
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