As royal watchers excitedly anticipate Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding on Oct. 12, they can rest assured that the festivities won't end there! The Royal Family will now have another royal bride in their midst: Lady Gabriella Windsor. On Wednesday (Sept. 19), the palace announced her engagement to Thomas Kingston, revealing that the couple will wed in the spring of 2019. But who is Gabriella Windsor?
"Ella," as she's known to family and friends, revealed her exciting news via a statement from her parents, which 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."
The Prince of Kent is one of the Queen's first cousins, counting King George V and Queen Mary of Teck as his grandparents. Princess Gabriella, 37, has an older brother named Lord Frederick Windsor, 39, who is married to actress Sophie Winkleman. As of now, Ella is 51st in line to the British throne, behind her father, brother and nieces, Maud and Isabella.
Though this arm of the Windsor family tends to stay out of the spotlight, Lady Gabriella is a regular on the balcony during Trooping the Colour, in the stands at Wimbledon, at the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace and at the races during Royal Ascot. Professionally, the bride-to-be studied comparative literature at Brown University and is currently the senior director for Branding Latin America. She also writes for London magazine, and previously had a column in HELLO! UK, 'Ella meets...,' where she'd interview celebrities.
Lady Gabriella and Thomas, the director of Devonport Capital, attended Pippa Middleton's wedding in 2017 as Duchess Kate's sister is a former girlfriend of the groom-to-be, with whom she's remained friends. Though the couple wasn't in the pews at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Windsor wedding this past May, they'll hopefully extend an invite to her second cousins, Prince William and Kate and Prince Harry and Meghan, when they say "I do" next spring.