18 May 2019

Royal Wedding Jewels: Lady Gabriella Windsor

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Today in Windsor, one of the members of the British royal family, Lady Gabriella Windsor, married Thomas Kingston at St. George's Chapel. I'm going to present our coverage of the wedding in a couple of posts, starting off with a look at Gabriella's lovely bridal jewels.




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Lady Gabriella arrived for her wedding on the arm of her father, Prince Michael of Kent. He's a first cousin of the Queen. Notably, Prince Michael is one of the only remaining members of the royal family who can claim royal heritage from both his mother and his father. He's the second son of Prince George, Duke of Kent (a younger son of King George V and Queen Mary) and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Marina's mother, interestingly, was a Romanov: Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, daughter of Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Vladimir. Elena married into the Greek royal family -- which was, of course, originally part of the Danish royal family. Royal links abound in this branch of the Windsor family tree.


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For her wedding day, Gabriella (who goes by the nickname "Ella" -- I approve!) chose a gown by the designer Luisa Beccaria. The gown features a hint of blush in its color, thanks to the layers of tulle and organdy beneath the lace overlay.


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She secured her veil with a sparkling family heirloom: the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara. The tiara was also worn as a bridal diadem by her aunt, Princess Alexandra. Gabriella's mother, Princess Michael, wore it at the gala reception that followed her civil wedding. (You can learn much more about the tiara's royal history in our post here!)


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Gabriella wore also elegant diamond drop earrings with her wedding ensemble.


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And we caught a brief glimpse of her unusual engagement ring (with her new wedding ring placed beside it).


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Here's a look at her hair beneath her veil: lots of curls and braids. A braid was also used to help secure and place her tiara.


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We'll have more on the wedding, including the jewels worn by the (numerous!) royal guests, later today!