Prince William WON’T be at royal wedding as he’ll be watching football

Duty calls! Prince William WON’T attend Lady Gabriella Windsor’s nuptials this weekend as the big day clashes with the FA Cup final

  • Lady Gabriella Windsor is  set to marry Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel
  • 52nd in line to throne is daughter of Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen’s cousin
  • Prince William, 37, will not attend the royal wedding as he will be at FA Cup Final
  • Queen will be in attendance at the event, which is third royal wedding in a year  

The Duke of Cambridge will not attend Lady Gabriella’s wedding in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday as he will be at the FA Cup Final.  

Lady Gabriella Windsor, 38, will marry Thomas Kingston on Saturday, in what’s set to be the third royal wedding in the 15th-century St George Chapel in less than a year.

She is the daughter of Prince Michael of Kent, who is the Queen’s cousin, and is 52nd in line to the throne. 

As president of the FA, Prince William will attend the FA Cup Final instead, with Manchester City playing Watford at Wembley stadium. 

While there’s no word on whether his wife Kate will attend solo, it’s likely that her sister Pippa will be in attendance as she’s a close friend of the groom. 

Prince William will not attend the royal wedding at the weekend, and will present the trophy for the FA Cup final at Wembley instead 

Lady Gabriella Windsor, 38, will marry boyfriend Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel this weekend 

It follows the star-studded nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last May and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October. 

The event will not attract worldwide press attention on the scale of Harry and Meghan and Eugenie’s weddings. 

While Buckingham Palace recently announced that the Queen will be in attendance, an announcement issued by Kensington Palace’s Twitter account indicated that William will not be there.  

It read: ‘The Duke of Cambridge, President of the FA, will attend the 2019 FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium, and will present the trophy to the winners.’  

Prince William, pictured here with Lady Gabriella Windsor as children. The royals are close in age

The Kensington Palace Twitter account announced earlier that William would be attending the 2019 FA Cup Final at the weekend  

The Duke of Cambridge is an avid football fan, and supports London team Aston Villa.  

Although the game is a regular event for William, he did not attend last year, as he was as best man to younger brother, Prince Harry, at his wedding to Meghan.

Lady Gabriella did not attend Prince Harry’s wedding last year. 

The 38-year-old, who is known as Ella, had been dating Mr Kingston for a number of years when he proposed while they were on the island of Sark last summer.   

Lady Gabriella, who is also known as Ella, has been dating Thomas Kingston for a number of years. They are friends with Pippa Middleton, and pictured here at her wedding to James Matthews in 2017

Lady Gabriella’s father Prince Michael of Kent is the Queen’s first cousin, and often attends royal events with his wife Princess Michael of Kent

She works as an arts and travel director for brand company Branding Latin America, based in Knightsbridge, London. 

Tom Kingston is a director of Devonport Capital, which specialises in providing finance for companies in “frontier economies”. 

Though Gabriella could be considered a minor royal, she is not a household name, her immediate family members are better known. 

Her brother Lord Freddie Windsor is married to actress Sophie Winkleman, while her mother Princess Michael has made headlines over the years for her outspoken comments, being dubbed “Princess Pushy” by the press.

Gabriella, who is known as Ella, is 52nd in line to the throne, and works as an arts and travel director for brand company Branding Latin America, based in Knightsbridge, London.

While it’s unclear which royals will be at the wedding over the weekend, it’s likely Pippa Middleton will attend, as she is close friends with Tom Kingston 

Her father Prince Michael of Kent, is the Queen’s first cousin.

Buckingham Palace said the monarch would be joined by other members of the royal family, but the other royal attendees have not yet been revealed. 

The ceremony will begin at noon, conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Right Revd David Conner.  

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