Lady Nicholas Windsor
|Lady Nicholas Windsor|
|Born||Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan
7 August 1969
|Spouse(s)||Lord Nicholas Windsor|
|Children||Albert Windsor (born 2007)
Leopold Windsor (born 2009)
|Parents||Louis Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan
Ingrid Detter de Frankopan
Lady Nicholas Windsor was born as Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan in London in 1969. Her father is Louis, Prince de Frankopan, Count Doimi de Lupis, born in Split in 1939, a member of the Croatian and the Italian nobility. Paola Windsor's father came to England from Croatia after the Second World War to attend a boarding school and then go to Oxford University. Her father is a Barrister, and a member of Middle Temple and a businessman. Her mother, Ingrid Detter, is a distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University.
She has one sister, Christina, and three brothers; Peter, Nicholas and Lawrence.
Education and career
Paola Windsor speaks seven languages, and was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and at Wycombe Abbey, where she was William Johnston Yapp Scholar. She read Classics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where she was a Choral Scholar and took a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (MPhil) at Paris IV, La Sorbonne in Philosophy, submitting a thesis on L'autorité de l'État in French.
She writes under the name Paola Frankopan. She has, as Paola Frankopan, written for The Tatler, where she is a contributing editor, and for Vogue USA. She has published an introduction to the history of the Sanctuary of Trsat 'Trsatska Sveta Kuća', in Croatian. In 2006 The Times published an article suggesting that the family had added Frankopan to their surname under British Civil law but later published a retraction and a clarification. The Times corrected the article, stating:
"Since 2006 a judgment of the Italian courts has confirmed the genealogical entitlement and the right of all members of the Frankopan family to make use of the titles Princes Frankopan Šubić and Counts Doimi de Lupis, even if, for political reasons, they did not always use them. The Frankopan family did not change its name under UK law as stated above." 
She met her future husband, Lord Nicholas Windsor, at a party in New York in 1999 to mark the Millennium and their engagement was announced on 26 September 2006. They married on 4 November 2006 in the Church of Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City following a civil ceremony on 19 October 2006 in a London register office and she became Lady Nicholas Windsor. The bride wore a Valentino wedding gown. This was the first time a member of the British Royal Family married at the Vatican.
Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor's first child, a son, Albert, on 22 September 2007, was born at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Albert and any further children the couple has will not be titled and will only carry the Windsor surname, the first for a direct male line descendant of George V. At birth Albert was 26th in the line of succession. Lord Nicholas and his sons are also in the line of succession to the Kent Dukedom as well.
The elder son, Albert or Bertie, was baptised as a Catholic in the Queen's Chapel in St. James's Palace and his younger brother Leopold, was baptised by Cardinal Comastri in St Peter's in the Vatican.
- The de Lupis family Italian site
- Home Renaissance Foundation, The Lady Nicholas Windsor, Paola Windsor
- Vogue, My Royal Wedding: Paola de Frankopan Remembers Her Own Marriage into the British Royal Family
- Naughton, Philippe. The Times (London) http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article655528.ece
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- "Royal.gov.uk". Royal Website. 26 September 2006.
- "Royal News". Paul Theroff. 28 October 2006.
- Order of Splendor: Valentino Gowns http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/wedding-wednesday-valentino-gowns.html
- "Independent Catholic News". Independent Catholic News. 31 October 2006.
- Kay, Richard (3 October 2007). "Paola's a new royal mum". London: The Daily Mail.
- "Royal News, 2007". Paul Theroff. 8 March 2007.
- Katie Nicholl and Antonia Hoyle Nicholl, Katie (16 December 2007). "A public debut for baby Albert - 26th in line to the Throne". London: The Daily Mail.. The article includes a picture of Lady Nicholas Windsor with her infant son. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
- He never lost his place in the line of succession at the time of his baptism. Due to the Act of Settlement, in fact, the Duke of Kent is still in line to the throne since the Duchess of Kent was a Protestant when he married her. The subsequent conversion of his wife did not affect his place in the line of succession. The Act of Settlement merely bars anyone who marries a Catholic from the line of succession.
- Royal news september 2009
- A Windsor tot
- The family site La Casata dei Lupi, (Italian language), contains photos of Lord and Lady Nicholas, their first son Albert, and members of the Lupis family. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
- Doimi de Lupis genealogy (Italian language) hosted by Società Genealogica Italiana - SGI. Retrieved 26 September 2009. The page calls Lady Nicholas Windsor "S.A.R. Lady Paola Luisa Marica Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan Subich", and her sons "S.A.R. Lord Albert (Bertie) Louis Philip Edward Windsor" and "S.A.R. Lord Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph Windsor". Her husband's great-grandfather George V of the United Kingdom and his sons abandoned the use of all German titles, including the titles of Duke/ Duchess of Saxony in 1917. Her husband and her sons are descendents of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family and the Kings of England). The site reflects the Italian protocol and customs, according to the "Cerimoniale della Presidenza della Repubblica Italiana", stating that all the members of a sovereign and reigning families that come to visit Italy, are addressed as "Le Loro Altezze Reali", (LLAARR) (English TRH) or "Sua Altezza Reale" "SAR" (en.: HRH) etc. (check the official site of "Ministero degli affari Esteri - Cerimoniale diplomatico).