19 September 2018

Lady Gabriella Windsor Is Engaged!

Thomas Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

We've got some breaking royal wedding news out of Britain today: Buckingham Palace has officially announced the engagement of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston.

Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella Windsor, Lord Frederick Windsor, and Lady Frederick Windsor at Trooping the Colour, June 2017 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Lady Gabriella is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. She doesn't have a royal title, but she has a whole lot of royal heritage. Her grandparents were Prince George, Duke of Kent (son of King George V and Queen Mary) and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia). Her great-great-grandmother was none other than Grand Duchess Vladimir, whose famous jewelry collection we have discussed here often.

Tom and Ella attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews, May 2017 (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Kingston works in finance, and Ella is a writer who also works for a brand-positioning firm. After their marriage, which is planned for spring of 2019, she will be known as Lady Gabriella Kingston.

Princess Michael of Kent wears the fringe tiara on her wedding day, June 1978 (Image licensed to The Court Jeweller; do not reproduce)

Should Ella decide to wear a tiara on her wedding day, I'd expect her to choose the Kent City of London Fringe. The tiara was a wedding gift to her grandmother, Princess Marina, and it was subsequently worn by Ella's aunt, Princess Alexandra, and her mother, Princess Michael, on their wedding days. (Marie-Christine, who married Prince Michael in a civil ceremony, wore the tiara for her wedding reception.) You can learn more about this important family tiara over here!

Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor on their wedding day, 12 September 2009 (John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The wedding will likely follow the same general blueprint as that of her brother, Lord Frederick Windsor. He married the actress Sophie Winkelman in a private ceremony at Hampton Court Palace in September 2009.