Estonian groom marries Latvian bride

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Latvian cyber defense expert Ieva Kupce married on the evening of January 2 at a church in Halliste, central Estonia.

According to Estonian daily Postimees, the ceremony which was attended by a close circle of friends was over by 6:20 p.m.

At the beginning of December it became known that Ilves, who at the end of April divorced his second wife Evelin Ilves, in November became engaged with Latvian cyber defense expert Ieva Kupce.

Kupce is the head of the Latvian Defense Ministry's national cyber security policy coordination section. She began her diplomatic career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997 and continued her work in the field of foreign and security policy in different institutions focusing on the issues of security, democracy, and human rights.

Ilves said in the middle of December that if he and his fiance should marry before his term of office ends, Kupce will give up the benefits related to the position, including monthly representation allowance, secretary and an official car.

While many suspected he would wait until the end of his second term as Estonian president later this year before tying the knot, true love was not to be put on hold and the pair now represent an excellent example of cross-border cooperation.

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