Monday 15 July 2019

Irish teacher Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe to marry Prince William's best friend Thomas van Straubenzee

Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe. PIC: Facebook
Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe. PIC: Facebook
Britain's Prince William (2nd R) and Prince Harry (C) arrive for the wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Melissa Percy, daughter of Ralph and Jane Percy, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, at St Michael's Church in Alnwick, northern England June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince William (C) and Prince Harry (L) arrive for the wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee and Melissa Percy, daughter of Ralph and Jane Percy, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, at St Michael's Church in Alnwick, northern England June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Britain's Prince William (3rd R), and Prince Harry (2nd R), follow groom Thomas van Straubenzee (C) as they arrive for his wedding to Melissa Percy, daughter of Ralph and Jane Percy, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, at St Michael's Church in Alnwick, northern England June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Phil Noble
The Duchess of Sussex (centre) talks to fellow guests as they arrive to attend the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks at St Mary the Virgin Church in Frensham, Surrey
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks (Yui Mok/PA)
Thomas van Straubenzee attends day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2017 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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An Irish teacher who works at the London school attended by Prince George is set to marry Prince William's best friend.

Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe (31) is newly engaged to Thomas van Straubenzee (36) following his proposal last week, according to the Sunday Times.

Ms Lanigan-O'Keeffe is originally from Kilkenny and is a sister of Olympic pentathlete Arther Lanigan-O'Keeffe and daughter of barrister Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe.

She is assistant head teacher at Thomas's Clapham school and the Sunday Times reports that she also teaches outdoor learning and mindfulness.

Mr van Straubenzee (36), meanwhile, own a property business and was previously married to Lady Mielissa Percy but they split in 2016 after three years together.

Thomas is a good friend of Prince William's and is godfather to Princess Charlotte while his brother Charlie is also friends with Prince Harry.

Thomas van Straubenzee attends day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2017 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Thomas van Straubenzee attends day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2017 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Both Harry and William attended Thomas's previous wedding in 2013 and both Thomas and Charlie were ushers at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May.

It is expected that William will be an user at the wedding and the Prince George and Charlotte will also be involved in the ceremony.

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