The third Saturday in May is a popular date for royal weddings!
One year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife, Lady Gabriella Windsor is set to wed Thomas Kingston on May 18 in very similar fashion. Like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (who wed on May 19, 2018), Lady Gabriella will walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The spot has been popular for royal weddings – it’s also where Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tied the knot in October.
Lady Gabriella — the 38-year-old daughter of one of Queen Elizabeth‘s cousins, Prince Michael of Kent, is currently 51st in line to the throne (she’ll move down a spot when Harry’s baby arrives). She will also follow in Meghan and Harry’s footsteps by having her reception at Frogmore House. However, the party is set for the afternoon rather than the evening – which will hopefully mean that Baby Sussex, due to arrive any day, won’t be kept awake! Meghan and Harry recently moved into their new home, Frogmore Cottage, nearby.
Lady Gabriella’s ceremony and reception will be a more intimate affair than the fanfare surrounding Meghan and Harry’s nuptials.
“It will be a private wedding for family and friends,” a Buckingham Palace source previously told PEOPLE, adding there won’t be any carriage ride or view from outside the castle for members of the public. It is also likely that there will only be minimal media access, with only pictures released of the couple and wedding party as they leave the chapel.
It is unconfirmed whether the Queen will attend the wedding, but the 93-year-old monarch did not attend the wedding of Lord Freddie Windsor, the brother of Gabriella (or “Ella” as she is known to pals). However, that wedding was not at one of her homes – and the Queen will be in residence with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, so they may stop by the festivities.
As the president of England’s Football Association, Prince William typically attends the FA Cup final, which falls on May 18. He skipped the game last year while serving as best man to younger brother Prince Harry, but he’ll likely catch the soccer game this year and miss the wedding.
Meghan and Harry will be caring for a young baby by the time the wedding rolls around, but since it’s so close to home, they may opt to attend.
Other royals to look out for? Princess Eugenie may return to her wedding venue with older sister Princess Beatrice and dad Prince Andrew. Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, may be on the guest list, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
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Lady Gabriella, a Senior Director at Branding Latin America, and Kingston, who works in frontier market investment, got engaged in August. Kingston popped the question on Sark, one of the Channel Islands just off the coast of France.
Prince Michael and his wife Princess Michael are “delighted” with the news, the palace said in a statement.
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