Davina and Gary first met in Indonesia in 2000. The 33-year-old surfer is the first Maori to marry into the Royal Family
Photo: PA
Click on photos for gallery

The Duke of Gloucester escorts his daughter into Kensington Palace. He and his wife are said to be delighted with their new son-in-law
Photo: PA

2 AUGUST 2004

Click here to send this news item to a friend

The Royal Family welcomed its first Maori on Saturday when Lady Davina Windsor walked down the aisle with Gary Lewis. The 26-year-old royal married the former sheep-shearer after a four-year romance.

Davina, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, met her Kiwi beau in Indonesia in 2000. The pair decided on an understated wedding at Kensington Palace, attended only by close family and friends. "They just wanted a really low-key intimate affair," said a royal aide.

Gary, a keen surfer, is described as a "renovator" by the papers in his home country. The 33-year-old originally hails from Gisborne on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. His father was a champion sheep-shearer in the Eighties, while his mother worked as maid. The handsome builder also has an 11-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Davina meanwhile grew up in an 11-bedroom apartment at Kensington Palace. The pretty royal, who is 20th in line to the throne, prefers to keep a low profile and does not carry out any official royal engagements. Her parents are said to be "delighted" with their new son-in-law and have given the happy couple their blessings.

lady davina windsor, gary lewis