LADY Gabriella Windsor is the next royal to get married in Windsor Castle. She and fiancée Thomas Kingston will make the decision this year on May 18. We asked fashion experts what the bride and wedding guests should wear?
The upcoming marriage of Lady Gabriella to Thomas Kingston is perhaps the royal event you need to hear about, but the couple is going to celebrate this in style. Lady Gabriella is the daughter of the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, but as royal blood flows into her veins, her marriage will become a low-key case that will not be broadcast on television. The ceremony will take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where two royal couples were married last year.
But unlike the fanfare surrounding both Harry and Meghan and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brookbank’s marriages, Gabriella’s will be a “very different” family affair, Kensington Palace said.
While the last two royal weddings were broadcast on television to watch millions, Lady Gabriella’s will be a private event.
It is not clear whether Queen Elizabeth II will be present because she did not attend the marriage of Lord Frederick Windsor, Lady Gabriella’s brother at Hampton Court Palace in 2009.
But wedding guests are probably the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews.
The groom Thomas Kingston dated Pippa before he began to see Gabriella, and the pair ended up on good terms.
Both Lady Gabriella and Thomas attended the wedding of Pippa in 2017 and they will probably invite her in turn for their wedding.
But how is it expected that the guests of the exclusive event will dress and what will the bride wear?
What will Lady Gabriella’s wedding dress be like?
Unlike Meghan Markle, the wedding dress of Lady Gabriella does not have to be approved by the queen.
Wedding Couture expert and designer Terry Fox said it is likely that the wedding dress will be “minimal” with a long train to “fit St. George’s Chapel” and a “cheeky three-quarter sleeve”.
Mrs. Fox said: “In compliance with the royal protocol. I imagine a clean cut size with a minimalist aesthetic. Perhaps a little twist played on a classic jewel neckline (slightly asymmetrical maybe) with long or a somewhat cheeky three-quarter length sleeve.
She added: “It probably has a full skirt with an A-line appearance.
“A long train to the St George’s Chapel and beautiful sharp seams that create a subtle contour for the body, which can only be achieved by the hand of real craftsmanship … Simply couture, classic glamor with a minimalist, contemporary twist.”
What will guests have to wear
Expert occasionwear designer Avril Forbes, from the British brand Veromia, predicts that the dress code will be “more relaxed” than the last two royal weddings.
She said: “We expect the dress code at this royal wedding to be slightly more relaxed than in the last two royal weddings, where many guests wore jackets and dresses for the older guests, and jackets and coats for the younger ones. Color tended to to form a block and add it to the formal nature of the occasion.
“Lady Gabriella is more likely to relax the rules, and we expect to see many more guests in off-the-shoulder dresses in a range of beautiful flowers or pastels (a lot for 2019), shorter styles and maybe even pant suits. We don’t think there will be an obligation to wear a hat, and we expect that most guests will change for the evening reception, into something with a sparkle. “
While Terry Fox thinks that pastel colors, flowers and tonal colors will be the most guests, she said: “I would expect that there will be much more flowers, chiffon and less structured one-color suit and dresses. Pastels are back in 2019 and certainly the weddings will be be much more colorful this year. “