LADY Gabriella Windsor will marry Thomas Kingston in the first royal wedding of the year – but how is she related to the Queen?
Lady Gabriella Windsor and her boyfriend of two years Thomas Kingston will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 18.
This comes just one day shy of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first wedding anniversary.
This royal wedding will be a lot more low key and private, as Gabriella is one of the Queen’s lesser-known relatives.
Queen Elizabeth II is confirmed to be attending the royal wedding, and will be “accompanied by Members of the Royal Family.”
The British royal family is quite complicated, and it can be difficult to keep track of who is related to each other.
How is Lady Gabriella Windsor related to the Queen?
Lady Gabriella, or Ella as she as known, is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Prince Michael of Kent is Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, and at the time of birth he was seventh in line to the throne.
The multi-lingual consultancy business owner is currently 48th in line to the throne.
His father, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was the brother of the late King George VI, the Queen’s father.
Like the Queen, Michael is the grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary.
That makes Ella the Queen’s first cousin once removed.
It also makes the 38-year-old 52nd in line to the throne.
Lady Gabriella’s mother is Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz – whose father served as a major in the Nazi SS.
She controversially wore a blackamoor brooch, featuring the image of a black slave, to a royal dinner where Meghan Markle was present.
It was the first time the American actress, who is mixed race, had met extended members of the royal family.
A spokesman said at at the time the princess “is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.”
Ella also has a brother – Lord Frederick Windsor, 40.
Their family has strong ties to Russia, as their great-grandmother other father’s side was related to Tsar Nicholas II – the last of the Romanovs.
He was killed alongside his family by Bolshevik rebels in 1918.