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Lady Tatiana Mountbatten, daughter of the Queen’s cousin the Marquess of Milford Haven, is engaged

Lady Tatiana Mountbatten has announced her engagement to entrepreneur boyfriend Alick Dru. 

Lady Tatiana, 31, the daughter of the Marquess of Milford Haven, a first cousin of the Queen, shared stunning Instagram snaps revealing the happy news after Alick went down on bended knee while they were on a skiing holiday in the Alps.

The Old Etonian had taken the sparkler with him to Verbier, Switzerland, and chose the romantic mountaintop spot for the proposal. 

The couple look on top of the world in the candid snaps taken moments later, with dressage rider Tatiana wrapping her arm around Alick. 

On top of the world! Lady Tatiana, 31, the daughter of the Marquess of Milford Haven, a first cousin of the Queen, shared stunning Instagram snaps revealing the happy news after Alick went down on bended knee while they were on a skiing holiday in the Alps

Love is in the air: Old Etonian Alick had taken the sparkler with him to Verbier, Switzerland, and chose the romantic mountaintop spot for the proposal. Pictured, in the Instagram snaps

Love is in the air: Old Etonian Alick had taken the sparkler with him to Verbier, Switzerland, and chose the romantic mountaintop spot for the proposal. Pictured, in the Instagram snaps

Society beauty: Lady Tatiana Mountbatten at a Tatler party

At Royal Ascot with Alick

Society beauty: Lady Tatiana Mountbatten at a Tatler party (left) and at Royal Ascot with Alick

Proud father: Equestrian Lady Tatiana is the eldest child of George Mountbatten, 60 - whose brother Lord Ivar Mountbatten is the first openly gay member of the Royal Family - and his first wife Sarah Georgina Walker. He is now married to Clare, 61. Pictured, George and Clare

Proud father: Equestrian Lady Tatiana is the eldest child of George Mountbatten, 60 – whose brother Lord Ivar Mountbatten is the first openly gay member of the Royal Family – and his first wife Sarah Georgina Walker. He is now married to Clare, 61. Pictured, George and Clare

Equestrian Lady Tatiana is the eldest child of George Mountbatten, 60 – whose brother Lord Ivar Mountbatten is the first openly gay member of the Royal Family – and his first wife Sarah Georgina Walker. He is now married to Clare, 61.

Her younger brother Henry, 30, is Earl of Medina. 

Tatiana also has half-siblings from her mother’s first marriage to Nicholas Philip Wentworth-Stanley, including Harry Wentworth-Stanley, 32, who is married to Cressida Bonas. 

Cressida, Prince Harry’s actress ex-girlfriend, was among those who congratulated the couple on the news of their engagement, writing: ‘Beauties’. 

Close friend Violet Manners, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland who was on holiday in Verbier at the same time, also shared her well-wishes, writing: ‘Yes yes yes yes yes! So happy I got to see you both glowing this week. Big love xxxx.’ 

Society beauties Sabrina Percy, Hum Fleming and Flora Ogilvy also shared their excitement. 

Time to celebrate! The couple are beaming in the candid snaps taken moments after the engagement, with dressage rider Tatiana wrapping her arm around Alick

Time to celebrate! The couple are beaming in the candid snaps taken moments after the engagement, with dressage rider Tatiana wrapping her arm around Alick

Lots of love: Society beauty friends and step-sister Cressida Bonas sent their well-wishes

Lots of love: Society beauty friends and step-sister Cressida Bonas sent their well-wishes

Distant family member India Hicks added: ‘Marriage is good – weddings are good.’

Alick was educated at Eton and studied History at Oxford before finding Tripr, a social travel app, for ‘travellers [who] would want to meet other travellers, as well as their friends.’ 

This was followed by a second company, this time offering tutoring services, before Alick entered the financial industry as an investor at SoftBank Investment Advisers. 

He recently founded a stealth startup, a startup company that operates in stealth mode, i.e. that avoids public attention. This may be done to hide information from competitors, or — as part of a marketing strategy — to manage public image.

Tatiana, who trained under Olympian Charlotte Dujardin, was educated at the elite £12,000-a year Millfield private school in Street, Somerset. 

Horse-mad: Dressage rider Tatiana, who trained under Olympian Charlotte Dujardin, was educated at the elite £12,000-a year Millfield private school in Street, Somerset

Horse-mad: Dressage rider Tatiana, who trained under Olympian Charlotte Dujardin, was educated at the elite £12,000-a year Millfield private school in Street, Somerset

Black tie brilliance: Tatiana with Lady Alice Manners, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland

Tatiana at a Cartier event at the Dorchester in November 2021

Black tie brilliance: Tatiana with Lady Alice Manners, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland (left) and at a Cartier event at the Dorchester in November 2021

Horse-mad Lady Tatiana once wanted to be a ski instructor, but now works training dressage horses.

Her polo-playing father George swelled his fortune by founding and selling price-comparison company uSwitch, and is thought to live in Switzerland.

After stints in Denmark and Germany, ‘Tatty’ has settled in Windsor, where she runs a very smart horse yard.

Her personal website reads: ‘All you really need to know is that I spend every day doing what I love more than anything in the world; riding horses.

Girl gang: Tatler It-Girl Bea Fresson, Vicky Nebel, Lady Sabrina Percy, Amber Le Bon, Betty Bachz and Tatiana Mountbatten at an event in London in 2019

Girl gang: Tatler It-Girl Bea Fresson, Vicky Nebel, Lady Sabrina Percy, Amber Le Bon, Betty Bachz and Tatiana Mountbatten at an event in London in 2019

‘I’m a professional dressage rider based in Windsor. Here, I train a couple of my own horses and some horses which have been put in training with me by some wonderful people who have trusted me with the education and career of their horse.

‘I hold monthly dressage clinics at home in West Sussex, Great Trippetts Polo Club to be more precise.’

Tatiana is also training to be a psychotherapist.  

Racing insiders: Sabrina Percy, Rosie Tapner, Frankie Dettori, Victoria Pendleton and Lady Tatiana Mountbatten

Racing insiders: Sabrina Percy, Rosie Tapner, Frankie Dettori, Victoria Pendleton and Lady Tatiana Mountbatten

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