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RICHARD EDEN: The heartfelt royal gesture to help Lady Gabriella Windsor recover after the tragic death of her husband Thomas Kingston – and what that “strong signal” really means

Of all the problems that have plagued the royal family this year, none has been more devastating than the tragic death of Thomas Kingston, the 45-year-old husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor.

Handsome and popular Tom died in February from a traumatic head wound. A gun was found near his body in an outbuilding at his parents’ home in the Cotswolds.

This weekend will be particularly poignant for Lady Gabriella as Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of her wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor – a joyful occasion with the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip among the guests.

Now the royal family is gathering again to help Lady Gabriella – the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent – recover from the ordeal.

Thomas Kingston's family, in collaboration with the Royals, have organized a large memorial service for him following the very private funeral

Thomas Kingston’s family, in collaboration with the Royals, have organized a large memorial service for him following the very private funeral

The couple married in 2019 at St. George's Chapel in Windsor - the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were among the guests

The couple married in 2019 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor – the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were among the guests

I can reveal that Their Majesties have invited Ella, as she is known to friends, to attend the King’s Birthday Parade next month.

The parade is the official name for Trooping the Color and an appearance at the event would be the first time she has been seen in public since her husband’s death.

“Everyone is hoping Ella will take part in the celebrations when she is ready,” a royal source tells me. “It would be a strong signal of the family’s love and concern for her.”

It is not clear whether Lady Gabriella will be invited to join the King and Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the traditional flypast when the parade is over.

King Charles and Queen Camilla invited Lady Gabriella, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (pictured), to Trooping the Color - and previously stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

King Charles and Queen Camilla invited Lady Gabriella, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent (pictured), to Trooping the Color – and previously stood on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Ella, as she is known to friends, moved back in with her parents at their Kensington Palace home last month as she continues to recover from the loss of her husband

Ella, as she is known to friends, moved back in with her parents at their Kensington Palace home last month as she continues to recover from the loss of her husband

Thomas, the 45-year-old husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor, died on February 25 as a result of a “traumatic head wound”.  A weapon was found near his body

Thomas, the 45-year-old husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor, died on February 25 as a result of a “traumatic head wound”. A weapon was found near his body

Along with other junior royals, Ella was regularly seen on the balcony until the arrival of Covid-19 in early 2020.

When the pandemic was over and Trooping the Color returned, Queen Elizabeth invited only “working royals” to join her, sparing the blushes of her son Prince Andrew, who had been removed from public duties, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who had resigned from his royal duties with “The Firm”.

If Lady Gabriella feels able to attend the King’s birthday parade and subsequent private lunch, it would be useful preparation for an even more important date on her calendar the following weekend.

I can reveal that Tom’s family have organized a large memorial service for him in collaboration with the Royals. Some of his friends have already been invited. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate his life,” one tells me.

Most people weren’t invited to his funeral in March. This was a small and, I heard, “highly emotional” gathering in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace – the site of the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 and the christening of Prince George in 2013

Tom’s body had been carried in a hearse in a funeral procession from Kensington Palace. Lady Gabriella was joined by her parents, her brother Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife, the actress Sophie Winkleman.

The coroner who officially opened the inquest into Tom’s death said police were satisfied it was not suspicious. The inquest was adjourned.

Last month I revealed that Ella had moved back in with her parents at their home in Kensington Palace.

“They wanted Ella to be with them and she didn’t want to be alone in the house she shared with Tom,” one of their friends told me at the time.

“We all have our backs and she will be fine.”

Lady Gabriella, 43, whose father is a first cousin of the late Queen, had previously lived with Tom in the Notting Hill district of west London.

After the financier’s death, spokespeople for King Charles and Queen Camilla said they sent their “deepest thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and the entire Kingston family.”

I hope that the Royal Birthday parade and the warm embrace of the Royal Family will be Lady Gabriella’s first step on the steep road to recovery.

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