The British Royal Family endured its first same-sex wedding over the weekend, and—somehow—the monarchy is still intact. Lord Ivar Mountbatten, the 53-year-old cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, married his longtime partner James Coyle on Saturday in Devon. In an Instagram post, Mountbatten described the event as “fabulous.” Perfect.
Mountbatten came out publicly in 2016 in The Daily Mail (also perfect), and has been in a relationship with Coyle, a commoner who was once an “airline cabin services director” (a position I presume he has since quit), since 2015. It’s lovely, really, this kind of late-in-life coming-of-age story, but it’s also about the Royal Family, a group of people notorious for being difficult to empathize with.
Oh well! Weddings can be fun, and this one looked lovely. Their families were there! Their tuxedos were beautiful! Their umbrella was huge! Meghan didn’t make the trip (nor did anyone I recognized, really), but who cares? Thanks to this gay shindig and May’s Markleous Extravaganza, 2018 will forever be known as the year Royal Weddings got interesting again. (No thanks to Eugenie.)