Yesterday, Princess Eugenie announced the names of the page boys and flower girls that will join her at St George’s Chapel for her royal wedding on Friday. As predicted, seasoned wedding pros Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be taking on bridal party duties for the third time this year – and they’ll be joined by one of the five-year-old Prince’s school friends (and fellow royal) Maud Windsor.
Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor is the eldest daughter of Lord Frederick and Lady Sophie Windsor, and joined George in his reception class at Thomas’s Battersea last September.
Lord Frederick Windsor, or ‘Freddie,’ is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, first cousin twice removed to Queen Elizabeth II, meaning that his daughter Maud is a distant cousin of the young Prince. His wife Sophie (née Winkleman) is an actress who is perhaps best known for her recurring role playing Jeremy’s paramour Big Suze in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show.
Born in Los Angeles on 15th August 2013, Maud is the goddaughter of Princess Eugenie, so it was hardly a surprise to see her name in the bridal party announcement yesterday. Like George, she was baptised at St James’s Palace in 2013.
Maud has one younger sister, Isabella Alexandra May, who was born on 16th January 2016.
Look back at royal page boys and flower girls in the gallery below...
It was on the 27th February 1919 that Queen Victoria's granddaughter Princess Patricia of Connaught wed the Hon. Alexander Ramsey and thus relinquished her title of Princess as Ramsey was considered a commoner. Their wedding was witnessed by a contingent of bridesmaids and page boys - Lady Mary Cambridge and Lady Helena Cambridge, The Princess Mary, Lady Ida Ramsay and Lady Jean Ramsay, Princess Maud of Fife, Lady May Cambridge, Princess Ingrid of Sweden, Alastair, Earl of Macduff and The Honourable Simon Ramsay
On her first day at school last year, Maud was pictured arriving with her father, just like the Prince (his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, was unable to join her husband as planned, as she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum in the early stages of her third pregnancy).
According to an interview with her father in Hello, Maud was named after royalty. ‘We liked the idea of an old-fashioned English name and there are a couple of Princess Mauds in my father’s family from a hundred years ago,’ Lord Frederick told the magazine, adding that ‘Elizabeth is a tribute to the Queen, Daphne is Sophie’s grandmother, who she was very close to and Marina is my paternal grandmother.’
Tomorrow, her fellow flower girls will include Theodora ‘Teddy’ Williams (daughter of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field), as well as Eugenie’s second cousins Savannah Philips and Isla Philips and Mia Tindall; Louis de Givenchy will also be a page boy alongside Prince George. They’ll be joined by Eugenie’s younger cousins Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, who will be special attendants.