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Royal Wedding Flowers: Lady Gabriella Windsor

The brides of the House of Kent have shown a penchant for pastel wedding flowers and the latest to join their number, Lady Gabriella Windsor, is no different. For her marriage to Thomas Kingston, at Windsor, Lady Ella added some colour to her petals, just as her Kent relatives have done in the past. And it all looked picture perfect as a result.

The bride chose a selection of cream and palest coral flowers for her bouquet and to decorate the chapel where she said ‘I do’. Among the blooms chosen by Lady Gabriella were roses in white and pale coral, white hydrangeas and white delphiniums as well as stocks in a light shade of apricot. Coral sunset peonies were also used as were a stems of a special, creamy rose called ‘Ella’ in her honour.

Lady Gabriella’s bouquet was a medium sized, shaped arrangement and also featured sprigs of light green foliage including the traditional myrtle carried by all royal brides.

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In the language of flowers, so beloved by Lady Gabriella’s great, great, great grandmother Queen Victoria, peonies symbolise a happy marriage which is about as perfect a pick as you can get for a royal wedding. The other blooms have special significance, too. A bridal rose denotes ‘happy love’ while coral flowers mean desire. Hydrangeas  have the gentler significance of ‘thank you for understanding’ while stocks symbolise affection and lasting beauty.

Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston at a noon ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 18th 2019. Among the guests were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Sussex also attended.

The bride wore a dress by Luisa Beccaria and was attended by a party of twelve. Her six bridesmaids included her nieces, Maud and Isabella Windsor, while she also had three pageboys and three special attendants. Lady Gabriella was accompanied to the church by her father, Prince Michael of Kent. Her brother, Lord Frederick Windsor, walked their mother, Princess Michael of Kent, into the ceremony.

Following their wedding, Lady Gabriella and Thomas Kingston, posed for photographers before heading off to their reception which was held at Frogmore House, Windsor.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.