The British royal family will celebrate their first same-sex marriage

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This is a great first for the British royal family! The cousin of King Charles III is going to marry a woman. Ellen Lascelles has announced on social media that she has just got engaged to her Australian girlfriend, Channtel McPherson.

“I always float on a cloud of love. On New Year’s Day, Channtel asked me to marry him. She turned what was an amazing 2022 into an even more amazing 2023.”, wrote the little cousin of William and Harry. Ellen Lascelles is the niece of David Lascelles, 8th and current Earl of Harewood, and the eldest daughter of David’s youngest brother, Jeremy Lascelles. 74th in the line of succession, she is the great-granddaughter of Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. She is the mother of two children, a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. The Daily Mail describes her as a free spirit with a playful character.

It is therefore the first royal marriage between two women, proof that things are changing despite everything within the British royal family. The only other same-sex relationship involved Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten’s great-nephew. In 2018, he married James Coyle, who works at an airline in Glasgow, seven years after divorcing Penny Thompson, with whom he had three daughters. He was also the first to coking out. In 2013, Elizabeth II signed the law on marriage for all, thereby giving her blessing to gay marriage.

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