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Royal Family welcomes first Maori
Lady Davina and the Duke of Gloucester
Lady Davina was accompanied by her father the Duke of Gloucester
Lady Davina Windsor, who is 20th in line to the throne, has married a builder and former sheep shearer from New Zealand after a four-year romance.

Gary Lewis met the 26-year-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester on the island of Bali, in Indonesia, in 2000.

Mr Lewis, known to friends as "Gazza", is a keen surfer. He becomes the first Maori to marry into the British Royal Family.

The wedding was at Kensington Palace.

Mr Lewis, 33, said his future in-laws were "no different to anyone else".

He comes from Gisborne on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, and has an 11-year-old son from a former relationship.

Gary Lewis
The groom, Gary Lewis, 33, is a former sheep shearer from New Zealand
Mr Lewis' father, Larry, was a champion shearer in New Zealand in the 1980s and his mother, Viki Carr, worked as a maid.

He is described as a "renovator" by the New Zealand Herald.

Lady Davina, whose father is the Queen's cousin, attended Kensington Preparatory School and later St George's in Ascot.

She keeps a low profile and does not carry out any official royal duties.

A spokeswoman for the royal household said the couple wanted the wedding to be low-key.

She said: "The Queen will not be attending. They are having a quiet, private wedding."




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