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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ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS JACKSON SHARES THE STORIES BEHIND 10 MEMORABLE PHOTOS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY
Where and when: The Braemar Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar, Scotland on September 2, 2006.
Chris says: “These games remain one of my favourite events of the year to cover. It takes place in a stunning location not far from the Queen’s Scottish summer retreat of Balmoral. The royals tend to stay just over an hour and there is normally one particular fleeting moment that stands out. Quite often it’s near the end of their time and in this particular occasion the royal party had burst into laughter as they watched the tug-o-war take place. Its always lovely to capture such candid images of the family so relaxed
When and where: Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery in Singapore on September 13, 2012.
Chris says: “This was one of those unscripted moments when the Duchess of Cambridge happened to glance back at the war graves as she was leaving the cemetery during an incredibly hot and humid day. Capturing these quieter images is rare and it’s great when you do get that candid shot like this – something a bit more poignant and thoughtful. The bonus was the lovely clean muted background and the pastel hues in the image that come together to make something a little more special.”
Where and when: The Tower of London’s poppy installation on October 16, 2014.
Chris says: “The ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation, commemorating 100 years since the start of WW1, generated an incredible response from the British public and crowds flocked to the Tower to see the art work. Taking a low perspective among the poppies, it was a good angle to capture the Queen’s expression as she moved amongst them. The over-800,000 ceramic poppies represented a British or colonial fatality. It was clearly a very poignant moment for her and a rare situation to find the Queen in.”
Where and when: The Phelisanong Children’s Home in Maseru, Lesotho. on December 6, 2014.
Chris says: “Sentebale is a charity which Prince Harry started with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho well over 10 years ago, in memory of his mother. Africa is somewhere Harry feels very much at home and both the children [like three year old Lerato] and staff love to see him when he visits.”
When and where: Celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institute at the Royal Albert Hall, London on June 4, 2015.
Chris says: “I’m always keen to capture those lovely, relaxed family moments that are so often lost in the formality of day-to-day royal engagements. This was a memorable moment as the Queen shared a joke with her daughter Princess Anne, after the knife got stuck in the cake during the celebrations. The Countess of Wessex, always great fun to photograph, was in hysterics on the right of the frame – I think this ended up on the front of a few papers the next day.”
When and where: Observing conservation work by the Tusk Trust in Lewa, Kenya on March 24, 2016.
Chris says: “The Tusk Trust, an umbrella charity working to prevent poaching and support conservation across Africa, is a cause very close to the Duke of Cambridge’s heart. Here, he is assisting rangers in northern Kenya to move ‘Matt’, a tranquillised bull elephant, while a vet fits his new satellite tracking collar to monitor and protect him from poachers. This is a prime example of the royals getting stuck in at the coal-face and, for me, an example of the kind of photography I love.”
When and where: Victoria, Canada, on a royal tour on September 26, 2016.
Chris says: “This is one of my favourite images of Prince George. I always come away with a smile on my face after photographing the children! You get the chance to capture some great candid photos like this one of Prince George, staring up in awe at his father, blowing bubbles during a tea party.”
When and where: Musee d’Orsay, Paris on March 18, 2017.
Chris says: “This is different to the normal images I take, much quieter and, at first, I wasn’t sure it was going to work. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge happened to stand just between the spokes which makes the image work nicely. I love the fact you can see the Duchess of Cambridge’s slight side profile as she peers to look out across the River Seine at that iconic view.”
When and where: Drapers’ Hall in London for a luncheon to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Her Majesty’s Admission to the Freedom of the Company on May 31, 2017.
Chris says: “The Queen has an incredible aura and I always look forward to photographing her. To get the opportunity to document such an iconic person always excites me; her incredible aura and presence means it’s always a special experience and when the light falls in a great way or you manage to capture a lovely expression it can be very rewarding. I especially liked this moment during an event in the city as all the elements seemed to come together to make a very natural moment.”
When and where: The first annual Royal Foundation Forum in London, February 28, 2018.
Chris says: “It’s great when you get an opportunity like this to capture them sharing a joke, a much more natural and candid moment. It was clear at this event that all these young royals hold a deep-seated passion to use their profiles to affect change in a positive way – be it in mental health awareness, conservation or HIV prevention.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.