Last year, St George’s Chapel played host to two royal weddings; that of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and later Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Now, the venue is preparing for its next royal nuptials, which are set to take place this weekend.
Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston will marry on 18 May at the chapel in Windsor Castle.
Last September, Buckingham Palace announced the engagement in a statement that read: “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.”
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Despite sharing a wedding venue with Harry and Meghan and almost sharing a date (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married on 19 May), there won’t be a carriage procession or a reception held inside the castle – but it’s thought that there will be a similar afternoon reception at nearby Frogmore House.
Kingston is already associated with the royal family. The private equity director dated Pippa Middleton back in 2011, which was around a similar time that the Duchess of Cambridge married into the royal family.
The couple ended the relationship after a few months, but they remain good friends; Kingston attended Pippa’s wedding to James Matthews in May 2017.
With only a few days to go until the next nuptials, many of the high society crowd are expected to attend but it’s unclear as to whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be there.
Harry and Meghan will be most likely be busy looking after baby Archie, while William and Kate have a clash in events with the FA Cup Final, as William is president of the Football Association. It might mean we see another Harry and Kate outing, with Meghan and William opting out.
Lady Gabriella Windsor, also known as Ella, is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent who is the Queen’s first cousin.
After the birth of Prince Louis, Prince Michael moved down the line of succession to 46th in line to the throne and Lady Gabriella down to 50th.
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This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.