A gay soldier has married his partner to become the first same-sex couple to wed at a British military base.
Sergeant Alastair Smith, of the 2nd Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, tied the knot with Aaron Weston on the British forces territory in Dhekelia, Cyprus.
The ceremony was approved and officiated by Air Vice Marshal Mike Wigston, the commander and administrator of the Army’s sovereign base area.
Speaking about the ceremony, Sgt Smith said: “As well as having the great honour of being able to serve in an Infantry Battalion in the British Army, it’s also an honour to be able to commit myself to my husband with the full backing and support of the British Army in the unique environment that Cyprus offers.
“In a country that is pushing forward on matters of gender and equality, both Cyprus and the SBAA have been massively supportive.
“We are proud to be able to serve and live in this community.”
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said: “The first-ever British Forces Overseas Territory same-sex marriage has taken place at Dhekelia’s Fisherman’s Cove in Cyprus.”
Sgt Smith’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Davies added: “I am delighted that Sergeant Smith and Aaron were able to get married on the Dhekelia coastline – a cracking choice.
“On behalf of the Battalion and wider ‘Tigers’ community, we wish them the very best of happiness for the future.”