The Queen’s Cousin Broke An Ancient Tradition When He Shared An Emotional Revelation About His Life

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It’s April 1994, and Lord Ivar Mountbatten and Penny Anne Vere Thompson are exchanging vows at St Peter & St Paul’s Church in the historic market town of Clare, Suffolk. And as the newlyweds are joined by members of the British royal family, the couple look blissfully happy. Little does anyone know though, that in another 24 years Ivar will completely break with royal tradition – and in a rather astonishing way, too.

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The groom on that day was born Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten in London in March 1963. And as his title suggests, his parents, David Michael Mountbatten, the third Marquess of Milford Haven, and Janet Mercedes Bryce, were naturally part of the upper echelons of British society. Ivar was actually the couple’s second son, as his elder brother, George Ivar Louis, had come into the world two years previously.

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