Thursday 20 June 2019

Royal wedding 2019: everything you need to know about Lady Gabriella's nuptials at Windsor Castle

This handout photograph issued by Buckingham Palace shows Lady Gabriella Windsor and her fiancé Mr Thomas Kingston after the announcement of their engagement. Picture: Alexandra Diez de Rivera/PA Wire
This handout photograph issued by Buckingham Palace shows Lady Gabriella Windsor and her fiancé Mr Thomas Kingston after the announcement of their engagement. Picture: Alexandra Diez de Rivera/PA Wire
(left to right) Michael and Carole Middleton, James Matthews, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton arrive ahead of the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
James Matthews and his wife Pippa (centre) arrive ahead of the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Frank Augustein/PA Wire
James Matthews and his wife Pippa arrive ahead of the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Photo: Frank Augustein/PA Wire
Pippa Matthews and her husband James Matthews arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Britain's Lady Gabriella Windsor (R) attends the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017
Queen Elizabeth II with (from left) Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra, Lord Frederick Windsor, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Windsor, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, in front are Prince Harry and Prince William, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London on June 11, 1988. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, following the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Gabriella Windsor arrives for the wedding of Prince Nikolaos and Miss Tatiana Blatnik at the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) on August 25, 2010 in Spetses, Greece
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall walk up the aisle during their wedding blessing at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel in Windsor, 09 April 2005. The couple were married earlier in a civil service at Windsor's Guildhall. (Photo credit should read CHRIS YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Royal Wedding part trois is about to kick off at Windsor Castle today.

Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, an extended member of the British royal family, not only has access to throwing a lavish wedding to remember, but she has none of the public obligations that come with a personal milestones like Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie.

Gabriella will be exchanging vows at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle today, the third time a large wedding will be held there in the last 12 months, following Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding and Eugenie's ceremony to Jack Brooksbank. Here's everything you need to know about one of British society's biggest weddings of the year.

Who are they?

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Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Gabriella Windsor arrives for the wedding of Prince Nikolaos and Miss Tatiana Blatnik at the Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas) on August 25, 2010 in Spetses, Greece
 

Lady Gabriella (38) is the youngest child of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and is currently 52nd in line to the British throne. Though her parents' relatively senior ranking within the royal family means she is still an affiliate of Buckingham Palace - which announced her engagement to Thomas Kingston last September - although she isn't a full-time royal. Due to her relatively low standing in the line of succession, she is a society fixture but enjoys a life with more privacy than her cousins.

She is Queen Elizabeth's first cousin once removed.

She's a graduate of the prestigious Brown University and has an MPhil from Linacre College, Oxford, both of which she has incorporated into her work as a writer, mostly with The London magazine. She is also active in philanthropy and a board director of Playing For Change Foundation, a global arts education non-profit.

Thomas Kingston is the director of Devonport Caital, a company which "provides companies operating in emerging economies, difficult or post-conflict environments with access to expansion finance and liquidity-bridging solutions". His career in finance was pre-dated with work in the Diplomatics Mission Unit of the UK's Foreign Office specialising in the release of hostages in Baghdad, according to the Telegraph.

Guestlist

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge outside St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, following the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank
 

Tom reportedly dated Pippa Middleton for a spell in 2011 before they moved on to find their husband and wife respectively, in the form of James Matthews and Lady Gabriella. The bride and groom-to-be were both guests at Pippa's 2017 wedding ceremony and the couple will also be in attendance today.

Although it's a more low-key celebration, all of the senior royals will be in attendance, except Meghan and Harry, who are not expected to attend as they will be at Frogmore Cottage with their two-week-old son Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.

Kate Middleton and Prince William are also expected to attend, while Queen Elizabeth is a surefire invite, although it's unclear if Prince Philip will join her.

Venue

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The Scottish State Coach with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leaves St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle for a short carriage procession on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Matthew Crossick - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
 

St George's Chapel is familiar to many recently because it's the spot where Meghan and Harry wed last year (in the same weekend), as well as the setting for Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank. It's a historic venue away from the hustle and bustle of London and it's the venue of choice for what are intended to be more low-key celebrations than that of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2011 at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Charles and Camilla wed in a civil ceremony in Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire, and attended a blessing there afterwards.

Princess Anne's son Peter Philips wed his wife Autumn (née Kelly) there in 2009 and Prince Edward wed wife Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999 before becoming the Countess of Wessex. Harry was also christened there in 1984 and William was confirmed there in 1997.

Weddings at Windsor Castle date back to Queen Victoria's time but an interest was reinvigorated by Anne Abel Smith, one of Queen Elizabeth's cousins, who wed a Scottish politician there in 1957 and the nearest wedding to follow was Lady Helen Windsor's big day to Timothy Taylor in 1992.

The venue itself dates back to 1475 by Edward IV and was completed by Henry VIII in 1528, with carved stalls of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter on each side of the choir. The crests and banners above the stalls represent Knights and Ladies.

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