Queen Elizabeth Looked Elegant in Bright Pink at Lady Gabriella Windsor's Wedding

Lauren Hubbard
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For the wedding of her first cousin once removed, Lady Gabriella Windsor, held today in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth chose a floral dress and a bright, coral-pink coat and matching flowered hat. The Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who makes rare public appearances these days.

Though the relationship might sound distant for some families, the Queen has been close with Lady Gabriella (known as Ella) and her family throughout the years. Ella's father, Prince Michael of Kent, is the Queen's first cousin, and lives in an apartment at Kensington Palace with his wife, Princess Michael of Kent; it is where their children Lord Frederick and Lady Gabriella grew up. (The Queen paid the rent on that apartment until 2010, when, after significant controversy, the Kents agreed to pay their own rent on the £120,000 per year space.)

Aside from their family ties, Ella also has a unique connection with the Queen-the two share a birthday, April 23.

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Though the Kents and their children are not working royals, they do sometimes appear at royal events like Trooping the Colour and occasionally perform public duties representing the Queen. While she did not, reportedly, attend the wedding of Ella's brother, Lord Frederick, in 2009 the Queen confirmed that she would be in attendance for Lady Gabriella's in early May.

The event marks the second year in a row that Her Majesty has attended a royal wedding at St. George's Chapel in May-on May 19, 2018, she witnessed the marriage of her grandson, Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in the same venue.

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As was the case at Harry and Meghan's wedding, as well as Princess Eugenie's marriage to Jack Brooksbank in October, the Queen chose a colorful ensemble; a look that has over the years become something of a signature for Her Majesty. The bold shade choices aren't simply a matter of the Queen's personal taste, though. In the documentary The Queen at 90, Sophie, Countess of Wessex explained her mother-in-law's penchant for rainbow hues, saying "She needs to stand out for people to be able to say 'I saw the Queen.'"

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