Lady Gabriella Windsor Reportedly Fainted as the Queen's Coffin Arrived at Westminster Hall

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The extended royal family came together in mourning their late matriarch Queen Elizabeth this month, including the children of her first cousin, Prince Michael of Kent. At one of the events, his daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor appeared to collapse. Here, a few things to know about her.

Lady Gabriella Windsor is the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael was the Queen's first cousin, which makes Lady Gabriella the late monarch's first cousin once removed.

Lady Gabriella's mother was born Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, and in 1978, when she married Prince Michael, earned the right to use her husband's title. His title does not grant her use of the name Princess Marie Christine—she could only use that if she had been born royal.

Lady Gabriella has an older brother, Lord Frederick, who married Sophie Winkleman in 2009. They have two daughters, Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina (who goes to the same school as Prince George) and Isabella Alexandra May Windsor.

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Ella is her nickname.

Her full name is Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia Windsor.

She shares her birthday with the Queen.

Lady Gabriella was born on April 23, 1981 in St. Mary's Hospital in London and is currently 37 years old. She grew up in an apartment in Kensington Palace. The Queen had famously paid the rent on the apartment until 2008, when members of Parliament demanded Prince and Princess Michael pay the full market-rate amount of £120,000.

She is in line to the throne, but way down the list.

The birth of Prince Louis bumped Prince Michael down to 46th, and Lady Gabriella down to 50th, and they've since moved further down. That said, they are both seen on the Buckingham Palace balcony with the rest of the royal family from time to time.

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She works as a writer.

Her work has appeared in several outlets including the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Country Life, The Spectator, and the Spanish version of Hello! She went to college at Brown University in Rhode Island.

She recently married Thomas Kingston in 2019.

Their intimate ceremony in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle was attended by several senior members of the royal family including the Queen and Prince Harry.

Lady Gabriella has been the subject of uncomfortable scrutiny.

Last year, Aatish Taseer, a writer whom Lady Gabriella dated in the early 2000s, published an essay in Vanity Fair detailing the time he spent in London with Ella.

Taseer claims he and his then-girlfriend did drugs together and swam naked in the Buckingham Palace pool, but perhaps more scandalously, he details her mother, Princess Michael of Kent's history of racism, including a well-documented outburst in New York in 2004 and the unfortunate anecdote that she had named two black sheep Venus and Serena.

A spokesperson for Lady Gabriella's parents told the Daily Mail that "There won’t be any comment on the story," but a friend of the young Windsor cousin told the publication that the allegations were "fiction."

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