There will be cause for celebration for Princess Charlotte when she returns to school, as the young royal’s teacher has married his godfather.
Thomas van Straubenzee, 38, a longtime friend of Prince William, got married to Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, 32, a teacher at Charlotte and Prince George’s school, Thomas’s Battersea.
The couple got married in Chelsea Old Church in south-west London on July 24 with only their parents and siblings in attendance as they were forced to delay and scale back their plans due to the pandemic coronavirus, the Sunday Times reported.
Thomas van Straubenzee, 38, a longtime friend of Prince William, got married to Lucy Lanigan-O’Keeffe, 32, a teacher at Charlotte and Prince George’s school, Thomas’s Battersea. The couple are pictured together at Sandringham Church in January
Prince William and Thomas (pictured together in a 2014 polo match in Coworth Park) have been friends since preschool and Thomas is Charlotte’s godfather
Charlotte, five, was due to be a bridesmaid at the wedding scheduled to take place in April, while Prince William, 38, would usher in the original plans.
William and Charlotte are currently staying at Amner Hall in Norfolk with Kate Middleton, also 38, Prince George, seven, and Prince Louis, two.
The Cambridges are believed to have helped spark the flames of romance between the two, who are expecting their first child.
Mr van Straubenzee, who works as a partner in the private office of estate agent Knight Frank, has known William from prep school, with his family known as one of the closest and staunch allies of the Royal family.
Mr van Straubenzee, working as a partner in the private office of estate agent Knight Frank, has known William from prep school, with his family known as one of the royal family’s closest and most loyal allies. He is pictured (left) riding a horse-drawn carriage with the Queen at Ascot in 2017
Brotherly Love! Thomas (left) and his brother Charlie (not in the photo) are both close to William (right) and Harry (center) as the brothers have known each other from prep school.
His new wife is an assistant principal at Thomas’s Clapham and teaches mindfulness and outdoor learning at the school’s Battersea branch, where Prince Charlotte and Prince George attend.
The charitable-minded Ms Lanigan-O’Keeffe, whose brother is Irish Olympic pentathlete Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe, leads social action projects for Thomas’ schools in London.
The teacher is from Co Kilkenny, Ireland, and lawyer Stephen Lanigan-O’Keeffe is his father.
Prince William met Mr Van Straubenzee when he attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire.
Prince William has known Mr Van Straubenzee from a childhood when he attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire. They are pictured with Kate Middleton in 2016 at Ascot Racecourse
His younger brother, Charlie, 32, is very close to Prince Harry and is the godfather of his son Archie, a.
The Princes also knew Charlie and Thomas’ late brother Henry, who died in a car crash aged 18 in 2002.
The families have been friends for decades, with their uncle, William van Straubenzee, a close friend of their mother, Princess Diana.
Both The brothers were the inaugurators of the Sussex wedding in 2018 and Thomas delivered a speech at William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.
This is the second marriage for Thomas, who married Lady Melissa ‘Missy’ Percy, 32, in 2013. Lady Melissa is pictured with Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy (left) at the Princess’ wedding Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in 2018
This is the second marriage for Thomas, who married Lady Melissa ‘Missy’ Percy, 32, in 2013.
Known as the Heiress of Hogwarts, Missy grew up in the great Alnwick Castle where the Harry Potter films were filmed.
She stepped down from the royal ensemble after her separation from Thomas in 2016, and their marriage three years earlier was dubbed the ‘Royal Wedding of the North’ and was attended by Beatrice, Eugenie and Pippa Middleton.
In January, Mr van Straubenzee bought a five-bedroom house near the Clapham school where his bride works.