Table of Contents
- Princess Michael Of Kent: 15 Ways This Royal Is The Most Embarrassing In Modern Times
- 1. A Nazi father
- 2. A Roman Catholic and a divorcée
- 3. Obsessed with her name
- 4. That super offensive brooch
- 5. A racist outburst
- 6. The time the Princess of Kent pretended to be mixed-race
- 7. Generally loathed by the royal family
- 8. No cooking and no diapers
- 9. Obsessed with breeding and bloodlines
- 10. She thinks very “highly” of her children
- 11. Not a fan of animal rights
- 12. She called Princess Diana boring and uneducated
- 13. Princess Michael of Kent wants her lifestyle paid for
- 14. She doesn’t much care for the older royals
- 15. Her horrifying black sheep
- Hrh Princess Michael of Kent Baroness Marie Christine Anna Agnes Hedwig Ida Von Reibnitz
- The Serpent and the Moon – **Signed** – 1st/1st
- Lady Gabriella Windsor is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
- Ella is her nickname.
- She shares her birthday with the Queen.
- She is in line to the throne, but way down the list.
- She works as a writer.
- She recently married Thomas Kingston.
- Lady Gabriella has been the subject of uncomfortable scrutiny.
- Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston wedding – In pictures
- Who is Lady Gabriella Windsor?
- Where was her wedding to Mr Thomas Kingston?
- How is she related to the Queen?
- Who is Thomas Kingston?
- Her parents are Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
- She works in branding.
- Her ex-boyfriend has made some pretty outrageous claims.
- She’s marrying Pippa Middleton’s ex.
- Her wedding and reception venues are the same as Harry and Meghan’s.
- The wedding is taking place a day before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first anniversary.
- Her dad is the Queen’s cousin
- She grew up in Kensington Palace
- She’s 50th in line to the throne
- She’s smart
- Her fiancé, Thomas Kingston, once dated Pippa Middleton
- She shies away from media attention
- Lady Gabriella Windsor was born on April 23, 1981.
- Her parents are Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent.
- Her mother Princess Michael of Kent has a controversial past.
- She works in branding.
- Her fiancé is Thomas Kingston.
- They will get married at Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019.
Princess Michael Of Kent: 15 Ways This Royal Is The Most Embarrassing In Modern Times
Queen Elizabeth II might be well into her 90s, but she still has a ton of things on her plate to worry about. The British Royal Family is in a golden age of prosperity and popularity, and for the most part, things are going smoothly. However, throughout the queen’s reign which has stretched past 70 years, she’s had to deal with setbacks, scandals and a ton of embarrassments. Unfortunately, even with the addition of Duchess Kate Middleton, Duchess Meghan Markle, and the little royals, she has to be sure that the royal family adheres to a certain standard of decency. Unfortunately, not everyone in the royal family leads a scandal-free life.
Princess Michael of Kent is perhaps one of the most embarrassing and scandal-riddled royals of the modern day. She married into the family when she wed Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent in 1978. Princess Michael of Kent — who was born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnit has not been a woman of quiet grace. Instead, she’s been dubbed the “Rent-a-Princess” by the press and the royal family. Here are all the ways she’s embarrassed herself and the royals over the years. You won’t believe the nasty things she’s said about Princess Diana (page 12).
1. A Nazi father
Princess Michael of Kent attends the RAF 100 ceremony on Horse Guards | Dan Kitwood – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Though Princess Michael of Kent is of royal blood herself and can trace her lineage back to French kings and queens and German and Hungarian nobility, her background still raised some eyebrows. She was born shortly before the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Czech Republic to Baron Günther Hubertus von Reibnitz and his second wife, Countess Maria Anna Carolina Franziska Walburga Bernadett.
Her father was a member of the Nazi party, serving as Major in World War II. After the war ended, Princess Michael’s parents divorced and she her mother and her older brother moved to Australia.
Next: A scandalous background
2. A Roman Catholic and a divorcée
England”s Princess Michael of Kent attends a dinner in honor of fashion designer Valentino in 2001 | Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
It might not seem a big deal these days, since Duchess Meghan Markle, who is a divorcée was able to marry into the British Royal Family with ease, but it was a very deal for the countess to marry Prince Michael of Kent in the ’70s. The princess first married an English banker named Thomas Troubridge in 1971, but they were separated by 1973, got divorced by 1977 and a year later — just one month before the princess married Prince Michael, she and Troubridge had their marriage annulled by the Catholic Church.
At the time, Prince Michael was forced to forfeit his place in the line of succession to the throne because he married a Catholic. However, in 2015, because of Succession to the Crown Act 2013, he retook his place as 47th in line. Until he retook his position, Princess Michael complained to everyone who would listen about how unfair it was that her husband had to renounce his claim.
Next: Only a “princess” will do
3. Obsessed with her name
Princess Michael of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent leave HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh’s 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary royal | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
From the beginning of her royal marriage, it was clear that the countess was obsessed with titles and appearances. She took the name Princess Michael because she wasn’t eligible to be called Princess Marie Christine. Though she has noble bloodlines, she was not born royal.
To draw comparisons, this would be like if Duchess Kate Middleton demanded everyone call her Princess William of Wales or if Duchess Meghan Markle began referring to herself as Princess Henry of Wales.
It’s very odd.
Next: The Blackamoor brooch
4. That super offensive brooch
Princess Michael of Kent arrives by carriage to Royal Ascot Day 1 2018 | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Though she’s been a member of the British Royal Family for forty years, Princess Michael still doesn’t quite get it. She certainly didn’t bother to educate herself on race and racism before the meeting, the Duchess of Sussex back in December of 2017.
The princess showed up to luncheon that Markle (who is mixed-race) was attending wearing a very offensive blackamoor brooch. Blackmoor jewelry depicts exoticized figures of Africans and has a deep-rooted history in colonialism. Though Princess Michael’s publicist claimed it was an honest mistake, a former royal chef who worked closely with the princess believes it was intentional and driven by jealousy.
Next: The time she screamed at Black people in NYC.
5. A racist outburst
St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matveyenko (L) and Princess Michael of Kent smile during an opening of the Imperial gardens of Russia flowers | Sergei Kulikov/ Getty Images
Though the United Kingdom doesn’t have the exact same history with race and racism that the United States does, it’s still comparable. Unfortunately, it looks like Princess Michael of Kent doesn’t care about race relations or race issues no matter where she is. In 2004, while visiting a restaurant in New York City, the princess screamed at a table of African-American diners to “go back to the colonies” while banging her first on the table. Apparently, she felt that they were being too loud.
Later, she tried to clarify her comments saying, “I did not say “back to the colonies,” I said you “should remember the colonies.” Back in the days of the colonies, there were rules that were very good.” We don’t see how that’s any better, but OK.
Next: Princess Michael pretended to be black.
6. The time the Princess of Kent pretended to be mixed-race
Princess Michael Of Kent attends the SPARKS Winter Ball | David Westing/Getty Images
If you can imagine, the princess only made things worse for herself after her “colonies” outburst. Though her publicist tried to say that the restaurant incident never happened, during an interview, Princess Michael stated that she wasn’t racist because she one pretended to be black. Yes, you read that correctly.
She said in her interview, “I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black.” She also added that she spent time in Africa with “absolutely adorable, special people.” Ma’am what?!
Next: A woman only tolerable for someone’s worst enemy.
7. Generally loathed by the royal family
Princess Michael of Kent, Prince William and Prince Harry watch the fly past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
We all know that Queen Elizabeth has her sassy moments, but she’s typically very fair and even-handed. However, even she can’t bear to deal with Princess Michael for more than a few times of year. The entire family finds the princess difficult and unpleasant to be around. Queen Elizabeth once commented that Princess Michael sounded “a bit grand to us.” Prince Charles calls the Kents “the rent-a-Kents.”
Meanwhile, the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret apparently refused to speak to Princess Michael for years because she’s Catholic. Princess Margaret’s son, David, Viscount Linley, was once asked what he would wish on his worst enemy. He replied, “‘Dinner with Princess Michael of Kent.” Honestly, she sounds dreadful.
Next: She’s not too “keen” on changing diapers
8. No cooking and no diapers
The Princess Michael of Kent and her son Freddie leave the service in St George’s Chapel, 23 April 2006 | Johnathan Buckmaster/AFP/Getty Images
Princess Michael sees herself as quite a first-class woman. Though she and Prince Michael have two children, Lord Frederick Windsor, and Lady Gabriella “Ella” Windsor, Princess Michael never cooked for her children or even bothered to change their diapers.
In an interview, she once revealed that her mother tried to teach her how to cook when she was younger, and she replied, “Mama, I will have a cook when I marry.” Apparently, she foresaw the future. She described her morning ritual by saying, “I have a tray brought to my bedroom at 9 am. Breakfast is served on my Herend china. I have zero-fat yogurt with cinnamon, which is meant to be a fat-burner, and a pot of ginger tea made with grated ginger. Some mornings I just have fresh juice made from five vegetables my manicurist told me about.”
As far as the diapers go, the princess simply stated, she wasn’t “keen” on it at all.
Next: The princess is obsessed with keeping the royal bloodline pristine.
9. Obsessed with breeding and bloodlines
Princess Marie-Christine of Kent and Richard Drasche-Wartinberg attend the Diamond Soiree Gala | Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Though the British Royal Family has finally done away with archaic ideas about breeding and bloodlines, Princess Michael Kent is still obsessed with them. In a 2005 interview, she said, “The English take the breeding of their horses and dogs more seriously than they do their children. God forbid that the wrong drop of blood should get into their labrador. But their children marry everywhere.”
Next: Apparently her children are the best.
10. She thinks very “highly” of her children
Princess Michael of Kent attends day four of Royal Ascot | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Like most mothers, the princess is very proud of her children. However, she might have taken things a step too far while singing their praises. Her son, Lord Frederick was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford. Meanwhile, Princess Michael’s daughter, Lady Gabriella was educated at Downe House, Brown University, and Linacre College, Oxford.
Princess Michael Kent said very haughtily, “no children in the Royal Family have got as good degrees as they’ve got.” Interestingly enough when Lord Frederick got married in 2009, all of the higher ranking royals couldn’t be bothered to attend. The highest ranking royal present was Princess Eugenie who is currently 9th in line for the throne.
Next: She’s an animal lover, who doesn’t respect animals.
11. Not a fan of animal rights
Exiled King of Greece, Constantine and Princess Michael of Kent | Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
Since she’s a self-proclaimed “workaholic” Princess Michael Kent works with many animal charities and claims to be an animal lover. However, she doesn’t believe that animals have rights. In a 2015 interview, she said, “Well, I’m a great animal lover and involved in a lot of conservation, but animals don’t have rights. They don’t have bank accounts; they don’t vote. We have an obligation to animals, but to say they have rights? You only have rights if you pay your taxes. You earn your rights.”
Perhaps animal activism isn’t the best fit for the princess.
Next: Hating on the People’s Princess
12. She called Princess Diana boring and uneducated
Princess Diana | Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images
Meghan Markle was not the first royal that made Princess Michael green with envy. She also was rather rude to Princess Diana who was dubbed the People’s Princess and beloved by all. In a 2014 interview, Princess Michael talked about living close to the late Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace.
Princess Michael explained, “Like probably many people of little education who find themselves, like pop stars or film stars, suddenly lauded by the whole world, it is very difficult if you have not had a mother bringing you up who was quite stern and strict. She did not have a mother bring her up, and she did not have much education, so it is much harder to cope with eulogy.”
Next: The idea of downsizing was just too much for her to bear
13. Princess Michael of Kent wants her lifestyle paid for
HRH Prince Michael of Kent and HRH Princess Michael of Kent attend the World Premiere of ‘Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time’ | Jorge Herrera/Getty Images for Disney
From the time the Kents moved into their apartment in 1979 until 2010, she and the prince were asked to pay £69 of rent per week for their 21-room apartment in Kensington Palace. Luckily for all of those years, Queen Elizabeth footed the bill for them. They were only responsible for their utility bill. However, that all changed in 2010 when the Kents were asked to pay £120,000 annually to continue living there.
Princess Michael was not pleased, and she whined openly to the press about her new circumstances saying she and her husband were forced to sell their mansion in Gloucestershire to help pay for their Kensington apartment. She was quite pained by the concept of “downsizing.”
Next: Pushy princess
14. She doesn’t much care for the older royals
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (L), Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex(M) and Princess Michael of Kent attend the second memorial service for Lord Lichfield | MJ Kim/Getty Images
Princess Michael once said the older royals were “boring for most people.” Though she knows about her nickname, “Pushy Princess” which was given to her by Princess Anne, the royal said of the nickname, “It comes up all the time, but nobody has ever given an incident of where I have pushed. We’re not very social. We don’t go out that much. But they had to put a handle on me. I guess someone said, “She pushed her way into this family.” I didn’t. I held out for years, refusing to marry.”
If you recall, the princess married Prince Michael exactly, one month after her first marriage was annulled.
Next: A terrible and racist allegation.
15. Her horrifying black sheep
Princess Michael (L) sits with the Duke of Kent as they watch Roger Federer of Switzerland and Mark Philippoussis play their Men’s Final match at the Wimbledon | Odd Andersen /AFP/Getty Images
Perhaps one of the most horrifying and recent allegations against Princess Michael came from an ex-boyfriend of the princess’ daughter, Lady Ella Windsor. The man claimed that the princess owned two black sheep at her Gloucestershire mansion that she called Venus and Serena – after the tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams.
This must have been even more alarming for Duchess Meghan Markle considering the fact that she and Serena are dear friends.
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Lady Gabriella Windsor was just spotted at Royal Ascot alongside her new husband Thomas Kingston. A more low-key member of the royal family, she often stays out of the spotlight, but here’s what you need to know about the Queen’s first cousin once-removed.
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.
Lady Gabriella Windsor at her brother’s wedding. Getty Images
Ella is her nickname.
Her full name is Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor.
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.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent on the balcony with their family including Lady Gabriella. Getty Images
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.
She recently married Thomas Kingston.
Their intimate ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle was attended by several senior members of the royal family including the Queen and Prince Harry.
Lady Gabriella has been the subject of uncomfortable scrutiny.
Last year, Aatish Taseer, a writer whom Lady Gabriella dated in the early 2000s, 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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Princess Michael—recently in trouble again, for wearing a racist blackamoor brooch to her first lunch with Meghan Markle—was famously scandal-prone. During the week Ella was graduating from Brown, her mother was on the cover of the New York Post under the headline ROYAL BIGOT. She had apparently told some noisy diners of color at Da Silvano, an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village, to go back to the colonies. “I would never have said that,” she later confided to me. “I’m a historian. I know that America itself was a colony.” She feigned an odd mixture of injustice and contrition: “I daren’t even say I want my coffee black anymore. I say, ‘Without milk.’” I would have liked to believe her, but I had my doubts. It was not that her father had allegedly been an SS officer, albeit a reluctant one; royals and Nazis go together like blini and caviar. It was that everyone above a certain age in Britain is at least a tiny bit racist. The colonial past made it almost second nature for Britons born at the tail end of the Raj to treat roughly a quarter of the planet as subject peoples. I was one of the first natives of that former empire to be dating a member of the royal family, and soon Gary Lewis, a Maori builder and surfer, married Lady Davina Windsor, daughter of the Duke of Gloucester. Princess Michael, though generally free of British colonial prejudices, and beyond reproach when it came to me, nevertheless invited trouble out of what felt like a desire to shock: her pair of black sheep in Gloucestershire were named Venus and Serena. Most everybody thought she was “perfectly ghastly,” but I saw a nice side of Princess Michael. She could be funny, intelligent, generous, and she was a lot more industrious than the other royals—she wrote books and decorated houses! Her tragedy was she never understood that element of understatement that is so much the secret of survival for the royal family. “Well, Dickie,” the Queen is reported to have said when Lord Mountbatten, Earl of Burma and Prince Philip’s uncle, first spoke to her of Princess Michael as a prospective bride for Prince Michael, “she sounds a bit too grand for us.” And she was, now chiding people for calling her Marie Christine instead of “Your Royal Highness,” now tracing her lineage back to Charlemagne. Poor Princess Michael! She failed to acquire that one quality that is the supreme attribute of British royalty: coziness. Prince Michael was cozy; Prince Charles is cozy; the Queen, by all accounts, is a tea cozy. But Princess Michael was, fatally, about as cozy as a yellow jacket on speed. She was Marie Antoinette in a nation that finds bananas too exotic.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Princess Michael lately in the context of William’s and Harry’s conjugal choices. She was of the firm belief that it was a bad idea for royalty to marry commoners. “It’s all very well Ella marrying Mr. Taseer from India, or Pakistan,” she once said to me. “No one knows what to do with that. But the moment the girl down the road thinks she can be Princess, or Queen, it’s all over. The mystery is gone.”
And yet here we are. It seems the Windsors have gained new relevance precisely through a process of demystification. William and Harry have lived out the truth of Lampedusa’s The Leopard: “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.” Kate Middleton, the daughter of an air hostess, is future Queen, and now there is Meghan Markle—a divorcée and an actress of mixed race, both unthinkable for a family that routinely demanded the sacrifice of big love at the altar of respectability. Princess Margaret was made to break things off with Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorcé; and when Edward VIII refused to give up American socialite Wallis Simpson—also a divorcée—he had to give up the throne. The Crown, the TV series, would not exist were it not for these sacrifices, and yet Prince Harry will marry Markle in May, and she will likely become H.R.H. Duchess of Sussex. Far from being ill-advised, the new face of the royal family appears to be a public-relations coup. In the post-Brexit malaise of modern Britain, the young royals are the one bright spot. As a member of the extended family said to me in confidence, “They’re young. They’re diverse. We’ve never really had anything like that, and they’re a great calling card when everything else is looking so gray.” He added, “Both those girls are a lot more professional than our politicians. They understand their place, and what they need to do to be legitimate.” (Not to mention cozy!)
Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston wedding – In pictures
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PA 32/47 Prince Harry arrives REUTERS 33/47 Guests arrives AP 34/47 The Earl of Wessex and The Princess Royal arrive PA 35/47 Sarah, Duchess of York waves as she arrives with Britain’s Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi AFP/Getty Images 36/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and her father Prince Michael of Kent PA 37/47 The bridal party and special attendants walk into the chapel Getty Images 38/47 Lord Frederick Windsor PA 39/47 A pageboy has his outfit adjusted as he arrives PA 40/47 A young page boy and a young bridesmaid walk up the chapel steps Getty Images 41/47 Sarah Ferguson PA 42/47 Prince Harry, Lady Frederick Windsor, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward arrive AP 43/47 James Matthews and his wife Pippa AP 44/47 Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Prince Philip arrive PA 45/47 The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive PA 46/47 Dean of Windsor, The Right Revd David Conner and a young bridesmaid before the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Getty Images 47/47 Lady 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arrives AP 14/47 Groom Thomas Kingston PA 16/47 Princess Michael of Kent and her son Lord Frederick Windsor PA 17/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and her father, Britain’s Prince Michael of Kent arrive AFP/Getty Images 18/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor with her father Prince Michael of Kent Getty Images 19/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor with her father Prince Michael of Kent Getty Images 20/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor arrives PA 21/47 Prince Harry and Lady Frederick Windsor arrive REUTERS 22/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor with her father Prince Michael of Kent PA 23/47 Queen Elizabeth II arrives PA 24/47 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive PA 25/47 A bridesmaid arrives PA 26/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and her father Prince Micahel of Kent arrive PA 27/47 St George’s Chapel REUTERS 28/47 Thomas Kingston arrives REUTERS 29/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and her father Prince Michael of Kent PA 30/47 A young bridesmaid on the chapel steps Getty Images 31/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and her father Prince Micahel of Kent arrive PA 32/47 Prince Harry arrives REUTERS 33/47 Guests arrives AP 34/47 The Earl of Wessex and The Princess Royal arrive PA 35/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and her father Prince Michael of Kent PA 37/47 The bridal party and special attendants walk into the chapel Getty Images 38/47 Lord Frederick Windsor PA 39/47 A pageboy has his outfit adjusted as he arrives PA 40/47 A young page boy and a young bridesmaid walk up the chapel steps Getty Images 41/47 Sarah Ferguson PA 42/47 Prince Harry, Lady Frederick Windsor, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward arrive AP 43/47 James Matthews and his wife Pippa AP 44/47 Queen Elizabeth II, left, and Prince Philip arrive PA 45/47 The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive PA 46/47 Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle PA
LADY Gabriella Windsor has finally tied the knot with long-term boyfriend Thomas Kingston in a modest royal ceremony earlier this month.
But where is she in line to the throne and where was her wedding held? Here’s the lowdown…
4 The couple pose with their flower girls and page boys in the sweet wedding photoCredit: PA:Press Association
Who is Lady Gabriella Windsor?
Lady Gabriella Windsor, 38, is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Her mother was born Baroness Marie Christine Von Reibnitz.
Her full name is Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor, but she’s known as Ella.
She was born on April 23, 1981, and now shares her birthday with Prince Louis, and 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 to pay the full market-rate amount of £120,000.
She works as a writer and has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Country Life and The Spectator.
4 The blonde royal is 52nd in line to the throneCredit: Getty – Contributor
Where was her wedding to Mr Thomas Kingston?
The newlyweds tied the knot on Saturday, May 18, 2019, one day before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first wedding anniversary.
The bride and her new husband Thomas Kingston were pictured beaming with happiness in a series of beautiful photographs at Frogmore House.
Lady Gabriella, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, married her long-term boyfriend in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, over the weekend in what was the third royal wedding in the space of a year.
The Queen led the royal guests at the wedding, and was joined by the Duke of Sussex who left his baby son Archie and wife Meghan Markle at home to attend.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, also made a rare public appearance at the ceremony.
Prince Harry, who wed Meghan at the same chapel a year ago, seemed in good spirits as he chatted with his grandmother the Queen.
The wedding was conducted by the Dean of Windsor.
Like Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie this year, Gabriella wedded in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Lady Gabriella and Mr Kingston got engaged in August.
4 Lady Gabriella Windsor married her long-term boyfriend Thomas Kingston, with the couple posing in the grounds of Frogmore HouseCredit: PA:Press Association
Prince Michael of Kent, Lady Gabriella’s father, is the son of George, Duke of Kent, the Queen’s uncle.
This makes them cousins, and Lady Gabriella is the Queen’s cousin once removed.
She is currently 52nd in line to the throne.
4 Lady Gabriella Windsor poses with the Royal Family at her weddingCredit: PA:Press Association
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Who is Thomas Kingston?
Thomas reportedly works in frontier market investment and is a Director of Devonport Capital.
He began his career in diplomatic relations after graduating from Bristol University.
For almost three years he worked in Baghdad as a project officer for the Iraqi Institute of Peace to mediate conflicts in Iraq and even helped negotiate the release of hostages.
He then transitioned to finance, working as an equity analyst for Schroders, a global asset management firm, and then as managing director of Voltan Capital Management until April 2017.
Thomas previously dated Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa, before she married into the Matthews family.
Lady Gabriella Windsor stuns in Luisa Beccaria dress as she makes her way into St George’s chapel
- The next royal wedding will see Lady Gabriella Windsor marry Thomas Kingston on May 18, 2019.
- The wedding is taking place the day before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first anniversary, at the same venue as their nuptials—St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
- Kingston is rumored to have dated Kate Middleton’s sister, Pippa Middleton, prior to getting engaged to Lady Gabriella.
After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in May 2018, and Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, a third member of the royal family is headed down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel.
Buckingham Palace announced in September 2018 that Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, will marry her boyfriend, Thomas Kingston. The two were engaged in August on the Isle of Sark in the English Channel, and will marry in May 2019. Here’s what you need to know about the future royal bride:
Her parents are Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
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Lady Gabriella, who goes by Ella with friends and family, is the daughter of Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen’s first cousin. His father, Prince George of Kent, was the younger brother of King George VI, the Queen’s father.
Prince Michael only occasionally carries out duties on behalf of the Queen. He runs his own consultancy company and is a qualified Russian interpreter, and patronizes a number of charities and trade associations.
Gabriella’s mother, Princess Michael of Kent, is the former Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz but took on the royal title of her husband. Because she is a divorced Catholic, Prince Michael had to give up his right to succession to the throne to marry her, though that right was eventually reinstated.
Princess Michael wore a racist blackamoor brooch to meet Meghan Markle. Mark CuthbertGetty Images
Princess Michael is one of the most controversial members of the royal family, with the nickname “Princess Pushy,” and has been accused of racism several times, according to People. She once told a group of African-Americans to “go back to the colonies,” and wore a blackamoor brooch to meet Meghan Markle. She apologized on both occasions.
She works in branding.
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Gabriella, who graduated from Brown and Oxford with degrees in comparative literature and social anthropology, is a Senior Director at Branding Latin America, where she specializes in arts and travel.
According to her company biography, she spent several years in Latin America doing social projects, like teaching English in a favela in Rio de Janeiro, working on music events in Buenos Aires, and doing academic research in Cartagena. She also works as a writer, with her articles appearing in several national media outlets.
Though she is a royal, she is 50th in line for the throne, so there’s little chance of her taking on many royal duties. She is occasionally seen with the rest of the family at official events.
Her ex-boyfriend has made some pretty outrageous claims.
Aatish Taseer, who dated Gabriella for three years in the early 2000s, wrote an explosive article for Vanity Fair this May about what it was like to date her—and deal with her family. The two met in America when Taseer recently graduated from Amherst College and Gabriella was still at Brown.
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He claimed the two swam naked in the Queen’s pool in Buckingham Palace and took MDMA in Windsor Castle, among other stories. He also claimed Princess Michael had two black sheep named Venus and Serena, after the Williams sisters. Some sources denounced Taseer’s report as “fiction.”
She’s marrying Pippa Middleton’s ex.
According to Daily Mail royal reporter Rebecca English, Gabriella’s fiancé, Thomas Kingston, used to date none other than Pippa Middleton back in 2011. But things don’t seem to be too awkward, since Gabriella and Tom attended Pippa’s wedding to James Matthews last year.
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Her wedding and reception venues are the same as Harry and Meghan’s.
Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston will also tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel, royal correspondent Rebecca English of Daily Mail reports. It’ll be the third recent royal wedding at the Windsor Castle venue following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s, and then Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s.
The bride-to-be chose the venue because she has “fond memories” of spending Christmas and being a bridesmaid for Lady Helen Taylor (daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Kent) there, English reports. The nuptials will be be a private event for family, and only a few senior royals are expected to attend.
Afterwards, they’ll have a reception at Frogmore House in Windsor, which is also where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their evening post-wedding celebration, and close to Harry and Meghan’s new residence, Frogmore Cottage.
Three royal weddings at St George’s Chapel in the space of a year! Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, will wed there in the spring, I’m told. Like Harry and Meghan, she will also hold a reception at Frogmore afterwards 👰 🤵 pic.twitter.com/wW2uOvAUrJ
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) December 21, 2018
The wedding is taking place a day before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first anniversary.
Confirming the news via a statement from Buckingham Palace, the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, Rebecca English, revealed, “The wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 18th May 2019.”
BP: The wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Mr Thomas Kingston will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 18th May 2019. The wedding will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family.
— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 3, 2019
As Meghan and Harry got married on May 19, 2018, Lady Gabriella’s wedding date is exactly one day before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s first anniversary. English also revealed, “The wedding will be attended by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Members of the Royal Family.” However, as Meghan is currently expecting her first baby, it’s unlikely that she’ll be in attendance.
Reports emerged this week that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, won’t be attending the upcoming wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and her financier fiancé Thomas Kingston.
If you aren’t a British royal family buff, you might not know Lady Gabriella is—let alone why her more-famous relative is missing her nuptials.
Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor is the only daughter of Prince Michael of Kent. Prince Michael is a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II through his father, George, Duke of Kent. George’s brother, King George IV, was the Queen’s father. That makes Lady Gabriella—or “Ella” as she is often known—the queen’s first cousin once removed. She is 52nd in line to the throne.
She is 38, and has worked in communications, as well as writing for several newspapers and magazines, according to The Telegraph. She previously dated writer Aatish Taseer, who once wrote an account of their three-year relationship for Vanity Fair.
Lady Gabriella’s wedding to Kingston will be her first. Kingston once dated Pippa Middleton, according to Town & Country magazine.
Tom Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor attend day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2015 in Cheltenham, England. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Image
Lady Gabriella has an older brother, Lord Frederick Windsor, who is married to actress Sophie Winkleman, best known for her role in cult British comedy Peep Show.
Lady Gabriella’s author mother, Princess Michael, is known for a number of controversies. In 2017, for example, she was criticized for wearing a blackamoor-style brooch depicting a stylized black man to the Queen’s Christmas lunch. Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, was also present at the event.
Lady Gabriella will marry Kingston Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. But Prince William will be unable to attend as he is scheduled to watch a major men’s soccer match that day, according to People magazine.
Prince William is president of England’s Football Association (FA). He has a mostly ceremonial role in the organization, with actual policy matters handled by its chair, businessman Greg Clarke.
The Duke of Cambridge normally attends the final match of the annual FA Cup competition. But he did miss 2018’s FA Cup final to go to his brother, Prince Harry’s wedding.
This year, underdog Hertfordshire-based Watford Football Club (FC) will battle five-time winners Manchester City FC for the FA Cup at London’s Wembley Stadium. On Saturday, Prince William will hand the coveted trophy to the winning team, as the official Kensington Palace Twitter account noted Monday.
It’s thought that Prince William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Sussex, will also miss Lady Gabriella’s wedding, as People magazine noted. But Buckingham Palace previously confirmed Queen Elizabeth II will be in attendance, Hello magazine noted.
The recently engaged daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent is 50th in line to the throne and has a relatively normal job. So, what else do we know about 37-year-old Lady Gabriella Windsor?
Her dad is the Queen’s cousin
Lady Gabriella’s father, Prince Michael of Kent, is the Queen’s first cousin which makes Lady Gabriella her first cousin once removed.
Her mother was Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz before she married Prince Michael of Kent in 1978 and earned the right to use her husband’s title.
Lady Gabriella has one sibling, Lord Frederick Windsor, who married actress Sophie Winkleman in 2009. They have two daughters, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina and Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.
She grew up in Kensington Palace
Lady Gabriella grew up in an apartment in Kensington Palace with her family. There was some controversy in 2008 after members of parliament demanded that Prince and Princess Michael stop living rent free in a publicly-subsidised residence and begin paying £10,000 a month (which they now do).
She’s 50th in line to the throne
After the birth of Prince Louis, Prince Michael was bumped down to 46th in line to the throne, with Lady Gabriella now in 50th place. The royal is often spotted with her extended family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
This girl has beauty and brains. She went to Downe House school in Berkshire (and was once briefly suspended after leaving the grounds to smuggle in cigarettes). She went on to study Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies at Brown University and is now a freelance journalist, writing for the likes of The Spectator, Mail on Sunday, Country Life and The Telegraph.
Her fiancé, Thomas Kingston, once dated Pippa Middleton
Thomas Kingston graduated from Bristol University with a degree degree in Economic History, before working for the Diplomatic Missions Unit of the Foreign Office. Then he went to Baghdad to work for the Iraqi Institute of Peace, before taking a career change and moving into fiance. More recently, he was managing director of Voltan Capital Management and now, according to the palace, ‘works in frontier market investment and is a Director of Devonport Capital’.
He dated Pippa Middleton in 2011, and the two are now friends, often spotting out together, along with their other halves.
She shies away from media attention
The self-effacing royal prefers to stay out of the press but did make column inches after a relationship with writer Aatish Taseer with whom she began dating in the 2000s. The couple were expected to wed but split up after Aatish returned to India and Gabriella decided to stay in London.
Back in May this year, Taseer wrote a piece for Vanity Fair about his relationship with her entitled: Race and the Royals: An Outsider’s View Inside Kensington Palace, describing his time dating a royal. He recounts, ‘There were schlosses, and boats, and stag shoots in Scotland. The cozy crowned heads of small Eastern European countries cooked us lamb chops late at night and told us tales of Nazis and Communists. It was a wonderful way to spend one’s 20s.’
The piece also details Princess Michael of Kent’s history of racism including her outburst in New York in 2004 and that she named her two black sheep Venus and Serena.
The royal wedding frenzy isn’t over just yet. After Meghan Markle and then Princess Eugenie last year, Lady Gabriella Windsor will become the next royal bride to walk down the St. George’s Chapel aisle. If you’re thinking Lady Who?!, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s everything you need to know about Gabriella “Ella” Windsor ahead of her marriage to Thomas Kingston on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Windsor Castle.
Lady Gabriella Windsor was born on April 23, 1981.
Like Prince William, Prince Harry, and many other royals, Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor (whew) was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Gabriella shares her birthday with Queen Elizabeth II, who was born exactly 55 years earlier on April 23, 1926.
Princess Michael of Kent with Lady Gabriella (age 3) and Lord Frederick (age 5) at their home in Gloucestershire in 1984. Tim GrahamGetty Images
Her parents are Prince Michael and Princess Michael of Kent.
Prince Michael is the Queen’s first cousin, as they’re both grandchildren of King George V and Queen Mary. He was seventh in the line of succession when he was born, but has since fallen to 47th as the Queen’s family has expanded. The Prince occasionally undertakes royal engagements but also manages his own consulting business.
Prince Michael of Kent and Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz on their wedding day, June 30, 1978 John DowningGetty Images
His wife previously held the title Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz at birth, but assumed the female version of her husband’s title when they married in 1978. (She’s not called Princess Marie Christine because she was not born into the royal family. That’s also why it’s Princess Charlotte, but not “Princess Kate” or “Princess Meghan.”) Princess Michael has previously worked as an interior designer and author.
The couple share two children: Lord Frederick Windsor, born in 1979, and Lady Gabriella. They currently live at Kensington Palace, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Her mother Princess Michael of Kent has a controversial past.
Known as “Princess Pushy” in the British press, the royal has a history of making headlines. She and her husband notoriously got slammed for living in Kensington Palace practically rent-free for years until public pressure made them start paying market rate in 2008, the Telegraph reported at the time.
Princess Michael has also received continued criticism in response to racist incidents, including wearing a blackamoor brooch to a lunch with Meghan Markle last year and allegedly telling a group of of African-Americans to “go back to the colonies” in 2004, according to the New York Times.
Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. Max Mumby/IndigoGetty Images
Last year, Gabriella’s ex-boyfriend Aatish Taseer made some pretty bold (and disputed) claims of his own. In a bombshell Vanity Fair essay, he made some more assertions about her history of racism — and also claimed that he and Gabriella got up to shenanigans like skinny-dipping in the Queen’s pool and doing drugs at Windsor Castle when they dated in the early ’00s.
She works in branding.
The 38-year-old is currently a Senior Director at Branding Latin America, a brand-positioning platform that specializes in the region, her engagement announcement stated. Beforehand, she received an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University in Rhode Island and a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford.
Gabriella occasionally appears at royal events like the annual Trooping the Colour but she isn’t an official full-time royal like Meghan Markle. That’s understandable given that right now she’s a distant 50th line to the throne.
Tom Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor at the Royal Ascot on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. Max Mumby/IndigoGetty Images
Her fiancé is Thomas Kingston.
According to their engagement announcement, Thomas Kington “works in frontier market investment and is a Director of Devonport Capital.” The 40-year-old also previously dated Pippa Middleton, but the couple apparently parted on good terms. Gabriella and Thomas attended her wedding to James Matthews back in 2017.
After dating Gabriella for a number of years, Thomas proposed last August on Isle of Sark in the English Channel.
Tom Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. Max Mumby/IndigoGetty Images
They will get married at Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019.
The couple is using the same wedding venues as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: St. George’s Chapel for the ceremony and Frogmore House for the reception.
Unlike last year’s nuptials, this one will be a private event, a Buckingham Palace source previously told People, so expect to see only photos of guests arriving and leaving — no carriage processional or livestream of the ceremony.
Royal correspondents predict a few major players may attend, potentially including the Queen, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, and maybe Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince William will likely not attend. As president of England’s Football Association, he probably will cheer on the soccer teams the FA Cup final that same day.
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