|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.