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A first-ever gay royal wedding will take place this summer in Devon

Lord Ivar Mountbatten will marry his partner in a first ever gay royal wedding.
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The great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and cousin of Queen Elizabeth, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, will the first member of the extended British royal family to marry his partner James Coyle. This history-making wedding will take place this summer. 

The Daily Mail talked to Coyle who says the ceremony will be "a very modern marriage."

This isn't the first marriage for Lord Mountbatten, 55, who came out in two years ago. He and ex-wife Penelope Thompson divorced in 2011 and have three children: Ella, Alexandra, and Louise.

This "modern" marriage will also see Thompson give her ex away in a ceremony scheduled to take place in a private chapel on Mountbatten's estate in Devon

"It makes me feel quite emotional. I’m really very touched," said Thompson. 

Mountbatten didn't think he would ever re-marry but wants his fiance to feel secure. 

"James hasn’t had the stable life I have," he said, adding to Coyle, "I want to be able to give you that."

"I never thought this would happen. It’s brilliant, but I never thought I’d marry a man," Mountbatten said. He says in the past, "gay men were called poofs, queers, everything derogatory under the sun."

He said in 2016 that "coming out was a funny phrase, "but it's what I suppose I did in a rather roundabout way, emerging to a place I'm happy to be. I have struggled with my sexuality and in some ways I still do; it has been a real journey to reach this point."

In his recent Daily Mail interview, he says future generations might not have to struggle as he and other have, "In 15, 20 years' time, people will struggle to understand how we came to be having such conversations," he said. "People will look back and say, 'What's the big deal?' But for our generation it was."