Lady Nicholas Windsor

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Lady Nicholas Windsor
Born Paola Louise Marica Doimi de Lupis[1][2]
(1969-08-07) 7 August 1969 (age 46)
London, England
Other names Paula Frankopan
Alma mater St Paul's Girls' School
Wycombe Abbey
Gonville and Caius College
Paris IV
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Lord Nicholas Windsor (m. 2006)
Children Albert Windsor
Leopold Windsor
Louis Windsor
Parent(s) Don Louis Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan
Dona Ingrid Detter de Frankopan

Lady Nicholas Windsor (née Paola Louise Marica Doimi de Lupis- later known as Princess Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan Šubic Zrinski; born 7 August 1969)[3] is the wife of Lord Nicholas Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

Early life[edit]

Lady Nicholas Windsor was born as Paola Louise Marica Doimi de Lupis (she used this name until her time as an undergraduate at Cambridge;[1][2] by the time of her marriage she was known as "Princess" Dona Paola Doimi de Lupis de Frankopan Šubic Zrinski)[4] in London in 1969. Her father is Louis, "Prince de Frankopan", "Count" Doimi de Lupis, born in Split in 1939, a member of the old Croatian and the Italian nobility.[5] Lady Nicholas' 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.

Her father was born Louis Doimi de Lupis and later controversially added the name of Frankopan and title of Prince, having previously adopted the title of Count. While the Doimi de Lupis family were granted a knighthood by Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1855 and 1865, their right to use the name and titles of the Frankopan family has been disputed. Lady Nicholas herself attended Cambridge under her birth name of 'Paola Louise Marica Doimi de Lupis' (in 1989);[1] by 1993 her entry includes the added 'Frankopan Šubic', whilst parenthetically including her original name for clarification.[2]

She has one sister, Christina, and three brothers, Peter, Nicholas, and Lawrence.

Education and career[edit]

Paola Windsor speaks seven languages, and was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and at Wycombe Abbey, where she was a 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.[6]

She has, as Paola Frankopan, written for The Tatler, where she is a contributing editor, and for Vogue USA.[7] 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."[8]

Marriage and family[edit]

She met her future husband, Lord Nicholas Windsor, at a party in New York in 1999 to mark the Millennium[7] and their engagement was announced on 26 September 2006.[9] 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[10] and she became Lady Nicholas Windsor. The bride wore a Valentino wedding gown.[11] This was the first time a member of the British Royal Family married at the Vatican.[12]

Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor's first child, a son, Albert Louis Philip Edward, was born on 22 September 2007, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.[13][14] At birth Albert was 26th in the line of succession.[15][16] Albert was baptised as a Catholic in the Queen's Chapel at St James's Palace in London.

Lady Nicholas gave birth to their second child, Leopold Ernest Augustus Guelph,[17] on 8 September 2009 at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.[18] He was baptised by Cardinal Comastri in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

In late April 2014, it was announced that the couple was expecting their third child thus making Lady Nicholas the oldest royal mother at 45.[19] A third son, Louis Arthur Nicholas Felix Windsor was born 27 May 2014.

Lord Nicholas and his sons are also in the line of succession to the Kent Dukedom as well.


  1. ^ a b c Cambridge University List of Members Up to 31 December 1988, Cambridge University Press, 1989, pg 345
  2. ^ a b c Cambridge University List of Members Up to 31 December 1991, Cambridge University Press, 1993, pg 28
  3. ^ Black, A and C. "British Royal Family". Who's Who, Oxford University Press - 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan, (Lord Nicholas Windsor), b 25 July 1970, Married 19 Oct. 2006, Princess Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan Šubic Zrinski 
  4. ^ Black, A and C. "British Royal Family". Who's Who, Oxford University Press - 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015. Nicholas Charles Edward Jonathan, (Lord Nicholas Windsor), b 25 July 1970, Married 19 Oct. 2006, "Princess" Paola Doimi de Lupis Frankopan Šubic Zrinski 
  5. ^ Lupis Macedonio Palermo di Santa Margherita, Marco (2014). "Le Linee di Dalmazia e Fiume". La Casata dei Lupi (in Italian). Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Patrons: The Lady Nicholas Windsor, Paola Windsor". Home Renaissance Foundation. 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b de Frankopan, Paola (28 April 2011). "My Royal Wedding: Paola de Frankopan Remembers Her Own Marriage into the British Royal Family". Vogue. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Naughton, Philippe. "Unknown". The Times. London. Retrieved 21 July 2014.  (Subscription required)
  9. ^ "Announcement of the engagement of Lord Nicholas Windsor". Buckingham Palace. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Theroff, Paul (28 October 2006). "Royal News of 2006, Section I". Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Wedding Wednesday: Valentino Gowns". The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Royal wedding at the Vatican". Independent Catholic News. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Kay, Richard (3 October 2007). "Paola's a new royal mum". London: The Daily Mail. 
  14. ^ Theroff, Paul (8 March 2007). "Royal News of 2007, Section I". Royal Genealogy Site. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Hoyle, Antonia; Nicholl, Katie (16 December 2007). "A public debut for baby Albert - 26th in line to the Throne". Mail Online. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Leistra, Netty (2014). "Births and christenings in reigning and non-reigning royal houses of the year 2009". Netty Royal. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "A Windsor tot". Mail Online. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Shakespeare, Sebastian (29 April 2014). "It's a miracle! The oldest ever royal mother-to-be due to give birth at 45". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • 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).