It has been a big year for royal wedding watchers, from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials last May to the upcoming ceremony for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. But it looks like the wedding bells aren't done ringing just yet. Earlier today the Palace put out a statement announcing the engagement of Lady Gabriella Windsor, first cousin once removed of the Queen.
“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,” reads the statement.
Though he's not a member of the peerage, Kingston's name may sound familiar to those who keep a close eye on the royal scene. So who is the man who's set to wed the 50th in line for the throne next spring?
He started his career in diplomatic relations.
After graduating from Bristol University with a bachelor's degree in economic history, Kingston went to work in the Diplomatic Missions Unit of the United Kingdom's Foreign Office, according to The Telegraph. For almost three years he worked in Baghdad as a project officer for the Iraqi Institute of Peace to mediate conflicts in Iraq and even helped negotiate the release of hostages.
Kingston then transitioned to finance, working as an equity analyst for Schroders, a global asset management firm, and then as managing director of Voltan Capital Management until April 2017. Per the Palace, he now "works in frontier market investment and is a Director of Devonport Capital."
He once dated Pippa Middleton.
Though it's not clear where Kingston and Lady Gabriella (known to those close to her as Ella) met, Kingston is clearly comfortable in royal circles. In the past he's been linked to Natalie Hicks-Lobbecke, one of Prince William's ex-girlfriends, and for a period in 2011, he and Pippa Middleton were reportedly an item.
Their romance didn't last but the friendship did-the duo have been seen out and about together on numerous occasions over the years, attending the Cheltenham races together in March 2013 and were even seen out for a walk together in Chelsea this February. Kingston and Gabriella also attended Pippa's wedding to fellow finance-man James Matthews together last year, so it's likely that Duchess Kate's sister will return the favor at Kingston's nuptials.
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