Lady Gabriella Windsor is set to get married to in her own royal wedding today, as she follows in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s footsteps at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Her mother is Princess Michael of Kent, who is sure to be a proud mother-of-the-bride as she prepares to watch her daughter walk down the aisle. However, she is more well-known by the nickname “Princess Pushy”, which was bestowed on her by an unamused Princess Anne, a royal expert claims.
Channel 5 documentary “The Royal Family at War” which aired in April, looked at the relationship between the royal women.
The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: “She is very assertive, so Princess Anne nicknamed her Princess Pushy.”
Royal author Katie Nicholl added that the nickname has stuck.
She said: “If you ask people who Princess Michael of Kent is , they might not always know.
“Mention Princess Pushy, and they’re like, ‘Ah! That one!”
Ms Nicholl added: “She comes from royal blood in her own right.
“The royals joke that she thinks herself more royal than the House of Windsor.”
Meanwhile, the Queen reportedly nicknamed Princess Michael “Our Val” in reference to the warrior-like Valkyries of Norse mythology.
The Princess is married to the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, and is herself descended from Austrian royalty.
Prince Michael’s father was Prince George, Duke of Kent, who was the younger brother of Queen Elizabeth II’s father George VI.
Princess Michael of Kent’s father Gunther von Reibnitz was a baron, and her mother, Maria Szapáry von Muraszombath, was a countess.
It meant that before her marriage she was styled as Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, and took on her husband’s title when she married into the Royal Family.
As she is a Catholic, Prince Michael forfeited his succession rights to the throne when they married in 1977.
However, since the passing of the accession of the Crown Act 2013, he has been reinstated to the line of succession.
Their children Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lord Frederick Windsor were brought up in the Church of England and so retained their succession rights.
Currently, Lady Gabriella is 52nd in line to the throne, behind her brother and his two daughters Maud and Isabella.