Thomas Kingston, the son-in-law of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, has tragically passed away at the age of 45, leaving a void within the royal circle and his own family. His death, resulting from a “traumatic head wound,” was confirmed during an inquest at Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court. The circumstances surrounding his untimely demise have sparked both sorrow and speculation, given the discovery of a firearm near his body in an outbuilding at his parents’ home in the Cotswolds.

The inquest, presided over by Senior Coroner Katy Skerrett, revealed distressing details about the day Kingston died. According to Skerrett, Kingston was visiting his parents and had lunch with them before his father left to walk the dogs. Upon the father’s return, Kingston was nowhere to be found in the house, leading to a search that ended in a heart-wrenching discovery. Kingston was found deceased in a locked outbuilding, with a catastrophic head injury. The presence of a gun at the scene prompted immediate emergency services response, although the police have since stated that they do not consider his death to be suspicious.

A post-mortem examination indicated that the provisional cause of death was a traumatic wound to the head, further deepening the tragedy of the situation. The inquest has been adjourned to a later date, leaving several questions unanswered and a family grappling with the sudden loss of a loved one.

Thomas Kingston, remembered fondly by those who knew him, was described in a joint statement by Lady Gabriella and his family as a “beloved husband, son, and brother,” whose death has come as a “great shock.” He was lauded for lighting up the lives of everyone around him, showcasing the profound impact he had on his personal and professional circles. Kingston’s career as a financier and director of Devonport Capital, alongside his contributions to diplomatic missions and efforts to secure the release of hostages in Baghdad, Iraq, highlighted his diverse talents and commitment to impactful work.

His marriage to Lady Gabriella, the King’s second cousin, in 2019 was a celebrated union, marked by a ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle that was attended by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Their relationship, steeped in mutual respect and shared experiences, underscored the close ties between Kingston and the royal family, extending beyond his professional accomplishments to his personal affiliations and friendships within the royal circle.