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Lord Ivar Mountbatten
BornIvar Alexander Michael Mountbatten
(1963-03-09) 9 March 1963 (age 60)
London, England
Noble family Mountbatten
( m. 1994; div. 2011)

James Coyle
( m. 2018)
IssueElla Louise Georgina Mountbatten
Alexandra Nada Victoria Mountbatten
Louise Xenia Rose Mountbatten
Father David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven
MotherJanet Mercedes Bryce

Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten, DL (born 9 March 1963) is a British aristocrat, farmer, geologist and businessman. He is a former director of SCL Group, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. [1]

Although he is not a member of the official British royal family, he is the first member of the British monarch's extended family openly in a same-sex relationship, [2] and upon marrying his partner James Coyle in 2018 [3] was the first to have a same-sex wedding. [4]

Early life and family

Mountbatten was born in London, to David Mountbatten, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven, and the former Janet Mercedes Bryce. His elder brother is George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven. Queen Victoria was his great-great-great grandmother, and he is a descendant of Alexander Pushkin and Abram Gannibal. [5] He is also a second cousin of King Charles III through both of their fathers. His paternal grandfather was Prince George of Battenberg, through whom he is a morganatic descendant of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt.

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

Personal life

Mountbatten married Penelope Anne Vere Thompson (born Salisbury, Wiltshire, 17 March 1966), only 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 at the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Clare, Suffolk. They have three daughters:

The couple separated in September 2010 and divorced amicably in November 2011, after 17 years of marriage. In 2015, he converted their former home, Bridwell Park, 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 of Bridwell Park. Mountbatten's former wife walked him down the aisle and 'gave him away' at the suggestion of their children. [9]

Mountbatten is one of the godparents of Lady Louise Windsor (born 2003), the daughter of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie. [10] [11]


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  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. ^ "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 (17 June 2018). "Get Ready for the First Gay Royal Wedding". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten". Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Announcement of the christening of Lady Louise Windsor". The Royal Family. 8 April 2004. Retrieved 13 November 2021.{{ cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status ( link)
Lines of succession
Preceded by Succession to the British throne
descended from Alice, daughter of Victoria
Succeeded by
Ella Mountbatten