Today, our Sparkling Spotlight shines on a tiara worn for a glittering royal wedding by a descendant of royal families from across Europe.
In May 2019, Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston in a sparkling ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Gabriella is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Through her paternal grandfather, Prince George, Duke of Kent, Gabriella is descended from British, Danish, and German royals. Through her paternal grandmother, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, she is a descendant of the Greek and Danish royal families, as well as the Romanovs.
For her wedding, Lady Gabriella borrowed a gorgeous royal heirloom tiara from her parents. This is the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara, a classic diamond fringe just like the ones given to all Romanov brides as part of their dowries.
This particular diamond fringe, though, has English roots. As its name suggests, it was a wedding gift to Princess Marina from the City of London. Though Marina wore a different fringe for her royal wedding, this tiara was previously worn by Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy, with her bridal ensemble.
Lady Gabriella paired the tiara with diamond earrings that have a vintage feel, with Art Deco design elements. It was wonderful to see the jewels together—and especially to see the tiara on one of George and Marina’s grandchildren for the first time.