King Charles takes Lady Gabriella Kingston under his wing with heart-warming Ascot gesture

As Royal Ascot gets underway for another year, King Charles has provided a heart-warming sense of support to Lady Gabriella Kingston following the tragic death of her husband, Thomas Kingston, earlier this year.

One of the greatest shows of respect and admiration the monarch can make during Ascot week is personally inviting relatives or friends to ride in one of the four Ascot Landau carriages on each day of the procession.

On the first day of Royal Ascot (Tuesday, 18 June), Lady Gabriella will ride in the second carriage alongside Princess Anne, Peter Phillips and the King's riding manager, John Warren.

Lady Gabriella Kingston and Princess Anne
Lady Gabriella Kingston was seated beside Princess Anne as they arrived on the parade ground -Credit:Getty

The full list of those riding in the carriages on the first day of Royal Ascot include King Charles, Queen Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Wellington in carriage one.

The third carriage will carry the Earl and Countess of Halifax, as well as the Queen's sister and nephew, Annabel Elliot and Sir Ben Elliot. The final carriage will have Sir Johnny Weatherby and Lady Weatherby, as well as Mr and Mrs Ralph Beckett.

King Charles and Queen Camilla
King Charles and Queen Camilla also arrived for the first day of Royal Ascot -Credit:Getty

Lady Gabriella Kingston has always enjoyed a close relationship with the likes of the late Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles.

And, following the sad death by suicide of her beloved husband, Thomas Kingston, back in February, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The King and the Queen have been informed of Thomas’s death and join Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and all those who knew him in grieving a much-loved member of the family.

"In particular, Their Majesties send their most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Gabriella and to all the Kingston family."

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Lady Gabriella Kingston enjoys a very close bond with King Charles -Credit:2023 Getty Images

Thomas' death was announced on 27 February earlier this year. A statement on behalf of the family began: “It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Thomas Kingston, our beloved husband, son and brother.

"Tom was an exceptional man who lit up the lives of all who knew him. His death has come as a great shock to the whole family and we ask you to respect our privacy as we mourn his passing.”

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Thomas Kingston died by suicide in February earlier this year -Credit:PA Wire

In June 2019, Thomas made his first-ever appearance at Trooping the Colour and was subsequently a regular presence at key royal events, including the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee and the late monarch's funeral.

He did not attend King Charles' Coronation in May 2023 - with Lady Gabriella attending with her brother - nor did he join other members of the family at the Princess of Wales' carol concert at Westminster Abbey in December.

His last public appearance came on Valentine's Day as he and lady Gabriella joined Queen Camilla and his brother and sister-in-law, Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor, at an event in London to celebrate the work of William Shakespeare.