ROYAL brides are always stood next to the Queen in official photos – rather than their own mothers – as the monarch outranks them all.
As the Queen and Prince Phillip attended yet another royal wedding, this time Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s, despite the bride only being the Queen’s first cousin once removed, she was sat next to her in the official photographs.
The Queen and Prince Philip were among the star-studded guests who turned out to celebrate the wedding of Lady Gabriella, 52nd in line to the throne.
Taken by Hugo Burnand, the photographs show the bride, 38, and groom, 40, beaming after they tied the knot at Windsor Castle.
It’s the third wedding in less than a year at St George’s Chapel, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married there last May, and Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle to wed Jack Brooksbank in October.
Three official photographs taken in Frogmore House have been released to mark the occasion, on Saturday, with the Queen standing out in a bright peach outfit.
A family photo snapped in the drawing room shows the couple taking centre-stage, but despite Lady Gabriella being a distant relative of the Queen, the monarch was sat pride of place next to the bride.
This is because the Queen outranks all other family members, and so will always take the best seat in the house – next to the bride.
Prince Phillip, 97, was sat next to the Queen after making a rare public appearance, and next to him was finally the mother-of-the-bride, Princess Michael of Kent, 74.
Her father, Prince Michael of Kent, 76 – a first cousin of the Queen – is stood behind the monarch.
This seating arrangement was also the case for the last royal wedding, Princess Eugenie’s, where Sarah Ferguson, the mother-of-the-bride, was stood three places away from her daughter.
The official photographs show the Queen dressed in powder blue sat next to the bride, with Prince Phillip by her side.
The mother-of-the-groom, Nicola Brooksbank, is stood second from the left, next to her husband and father-of-the-groom, George.
For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, the Queen was once again sat next to the bride.
The 37-year-old's mum, Doria Ragland, was stood next to the new mum, but this positioning could be down to the fact Meghan had no other family members present for her wedding.
When Prince William tied the knot with Kate Middleton in 2011, the Queen was sat next to the couple, while the mother-of-the-bride, Carole Middleton, was stood two places away.
Ranking also plays a part in royal births, as protocol declares the Queen must be the first person to know of any new arrivals.
Prince William made sure his grandmother was the first to know when all three of his children were born, but it has yet to be confirmed who Prince Harry told first after baby Archie arrived.
Fabulous Digital has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
The Queen has also paid a special tribute to Meghan Markle after recycling the outfit she wore to her wedding.
And Prince George rated Kate Middleton's Chelsea Flower Show garden "20 out of 10"when Prince William asked what he thought.
Plus here's a look inside Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston's wedding, where the bride gave a heartfelt speech and cut the eight-tier cake with a sword.
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