Today, Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor, who goes by the nickname “Ella,” married financier Thomas Kingston, wearing a tulle and lace dress by Italian designer Luisa Beccaria. After many years of dating, Lady Ella and Kingston became engaged on the Isle of Stark in August 2018, and this, which falls on the day before the anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, marks the third nuptials of the year for the royal family, who, along with the birth of baby Archie, have a lot to celebrate lately. (Prince Harry attended the wedding sans the Duchess of Sussex, who stayed home to care for the couple’s newborn.)
Lady Ella graduated from Brown University and Oxford with degrees in comparative literature and social anthropology, respectively, and because she’s not what’s known as a “working royal,” she has been able to dedicate her time to her career path. She now serves as an arts and travel director for the communication agency Branding Latin America, in addition to being 52nd in line to the British throne. “She’s such a modern girl,” Beccaria says. “She’s very elegant and terribly bright. She works hard. [For her wedding dress,] she didn’t want to go too much into the past and do something so formal. We tried to incorporate a little bit of tradition, though. She wanted to be spontaneous. She didn’t want too much volume in the dress, so it’s quite skinny in the front, which helps to show her real figure and body. Then, in the back, there is a long train.”
The seeds for Lady Ella’s choice of Beccaria as her wedding dress designer were first sown when she went to go see her collection in London years ago. “I’m very good friends with her parents—they come to my country house in Sicily sometimes,” the designer says. Shortly thereafter, Lady Ella started wearing Beccaria’s feminine, whimsical pieces to everything from friends’ weddings to meetings with the Queen. “Then, she came to visit us in Sicily summers ago, and she became friends with my two daughters. After she accepted the proposal, she flew to Milan in November and saw all of our creations. She had never been to our store and atelier there before. We have a ready-to-wear and a couture department, and we have an atelier from when I was doing proper couture in Paris. She looked in the room with the bridal gowns.” After taking it all in, Lady Ella tried a few pieces on, but wanted to think about it, as brides so often do . . . especially those who have been expected, practically since birth, to wear a British designer.
Eventually, she circled back to Beccaria, sending a text that said: “I would love for you to help me do my entire wedding.” “More and more brides love to enter into our sort of wedding world,” Beccaria says. “They are looking for something different. They appreciate the freshness and lightness of a dress that is not a proper bridal gown. Some wedding dresses [out there] are still very much costume. Ours have a sort of modernity in the way they are made, the way they preserve, the comfort you feel when you put them on; they become like part of your body.”