Just because someone’s in the British royal family doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a household name here in the States. One close relative of the Queen’s, Prince Michael of Kent, often attends royal events like the Trooping of the Colour, and family weddings, such as Princess Eugenie’s recently celebration, but he’s relatively under-the-radar in America.
Prince Michael’s daughter Ella is currently engaged to Mr Thomas Kingston, with plans to be married in next month.
Here’s what you need to know about the soon-to-be father-of-the-bride:
Prince Michael of Kent was born on July 4, 1942 to Prince George, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. As a fellow grandson of King George V and Queen Mary of Teck, he is Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin. While he was seventh in line to the throne at birth, he is now 47th in the order of succession.
In addition to being a member of the British royal family, Prince Michael is also distantly related to the Romanovs, the last imperial family of Russia. His grandmother was first cousin to Nicholas II, making Michael a first cousin twice removed of the last Russian Tsar. In fact, he traveled to St Petersburg in July to mark the 100th anniversary of the execution of the Tsar, Tsarina, and their children.