One of the British Army’s oldest regiments, the Household Cavalry, has celebrated its first civil partnership.

Lance Corporal James Wharton, 23, who was the first gay soldier to be featured on the cover of Soldier magazine last year, tied the knot with air steward Thom McCaffrey, 21.

The couple held their ceremony on Saturday, on the same day that Europe minister Chris Bryant and Jared Cranney became the first gay couple to hold their civil partnership in parliament.

They had their civil partnership at Old Marylebone Town Hall in London, followed by a reception at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment’s Knightsbridge barracks.

L/Cpl Wharton told the Independent: “The entire regiment has been really supportive.

“When I went to ask the Squadron Leader, Major Nana Twumasi-Ankrah, for permission to get married, he just said, ‘This is fantastic, congratulations’. The lads joked it was the gay event of the year.”

The couple had their first dance to Tina Turner and will go on honeymoon to San Francisco.

When they return, they will live together in their new married quarters, the Service Family Accommodation.


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