There's another royal wedding on the books! This morning, Buckingham Palace announced the news that Lady Gabriella Windsor is engaged to Thomas Kingston, with plans to wed in early 2019.
“Prince and Princess Michael of Kent are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor to Mr Thomas Kingston. The engagement took place in August; Mr Kingston proposed on the Isle of Sark,” reads the statement.
Aatish Taseer, a writer whom Lady Gabriella dated in the early 2000s, recently published an essay in Vanity Fair detailing the time he spent in London with Ella, as she is known.
Before the wedding, here's what else you need to know about Lady Gabriella.
Lady Gabriella Windsor is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
His Royal Highness Prince Michael is the Queen's first cousin, which makes Lady Gabriella her first cousin once removed, and a fairly close relative of not only the monarch, but also Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince Michael is also distantly related to Prince Philip.
Lady Gabriella's mother was born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, and in 1978, when she married Prince Michael, earned the right to use her husband's title. His title does not grant her use of the name Princess Marie Christine-she could only use that if she had been born royal. (For the same reason the Duchess of Cambridge could go by Princess William for example, but can not go by Princess Catherine.)
Lady Gabriella has an older brother, Lord Frederick, who married Sophie Winkleman in 2009. They have two daughters, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina (who goes to the same school as Prince George) and Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.
Ella is her nickname.
Her full name is Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor.
She shares her birthday with the Queen.
Lady Gabriella was born on April 23, 1981 in St. Mary's Hospital in London and is currently 37 years old. She grew up in an apartment in Kensington Palace. The Queen had famously paid the rent on the apartment until 2008, when members of Parliament demanded Prince and Princess Michael pay the full market-rate amount of £120,000.
She is in line to the throne, but way down the list.
The birth of Prince Louis bumped Prince Michael down to 46th, and Lady Gabriella down to 50th. That said, they are both seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the rest of the royal family from time to time.
She works as a writer.
Her work has appeared in several outlets including the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Country Life, The Spectator, and the Spanish version of Hello! She went to college at Brown University in Rhode Island.
Lady Gabriella has been the subject of uncomfortable scrutiny.
Aatish Taseer, a writer whom Lady Gabriella dated in the early 2000s, recently published an essay in Vanity Fair detailing the time he spent in London with Ella.
Taseer claims he and his then-girlfriend did drugs together and swam naked in the Buckingham Palace pool, but perhaps more scandalously, he details her mother, Princess Michael of Kent's history of racism, including a well-documented outburst in New York in 2004 and the unfortunate anecdote that she had named two black sheep Venus and Serena.
A spokesperson for Lady Gabriella's parents told the Daily Mail that "There won’t be any comment on the story," but a friend of the young Windsor cousin told the publication that the allegations were "fiction."
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