Blushing bride-to-be! Tatler cover girl Sabrina Percy stuns in pink D&G as she celebrates her engagement with society pals Amber Le Bon and chocolate dynasty scion Jemima Cadbury
- Society beauty Sabrina Percy celebrated her engagement in London this week
- The model and illustrator, 29, is set to marry her beau Phineas Page
- The couple were joined by friends at new Chelsea hangout No. Fifty Cheyne
- Guests included Amber Le Bon and Jemima Cadbury of the chocolate dynasty
It was a party fit for a society princess when Tatler cover girl Sabrina Percy celebrated her engagement in London this week.
The illustrator and model, 29, and her fiance Phineas Page, were joined by a gaggle of glamorous friends for the festivities at Chelsea’s No. Fifty Cheyne on Monday night.
The restaurant, which offers up high-end comfort food, opened last year and has fast become a favourite of London’s young society set.
Guests included Sabrina’s close friends Amber Le Bon, daughter of Yasmin and Simon, and chocolate dynasty scion Jemima Cadbury, who works for private members’ club Annabel’s.
But there is no doubt Sabrina – who is a distant relation of the Duke of Northumberland and his daughter, Hogwarts heiress Lady Melissa Percy – was the belle of the ball in her £3,300 frothy pink boudoir-inspired dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
Bride-to-be! Sabrina Percy, 29, and her fiance Phineas Page were joined by a glamorous gaggle of friends as they celebrated their engagement at Chealsea’s No. Fifty Cheyne on Monday night. Tatler cover girl Sabrina looked stunning in a £3,300 Dolce & Gabbana frock
Party people! Guests included Sabrina’s close friends Amber Le Bon (left), daughter of Yasmin and Simon, and Freddie Briance (right), COO of gentlemen’s outfitters New & Lingwood
Glam girls: Sabrina with chocolate dynasty scion Jemima Cadbury, who works for private members’ club Annabel’s. Jemima looked elegant in a midnight blue navy number
Blue-blooded beauty: Who is society bride-to-be Sabrina Percy?
Sabrina Percy is the daughter of Richard Percy, second cousin of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, who runs the Percys’ ancestral seat of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland.
Despite her connection to the castle, which features in Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, Sabrina insists she has only been to visit once.
Sabrina Percy is a regular fixture at society events. Pictured, at the Perrier-Jouet Champagne Festive lunch at Annabel’s in November 2019
Unlike the Duke’s daughter Lady Melissa Percy – who was formerly married to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s close friend Thomas van Straubenzee and is now expecting a child with fiancé Remy Trafelet – Sabrina’s position within the family means she has no formal title.
In fact the society beauty, who has a reputation for being down to earth, is said to have been left embarrassed on occasions when she has wrongly been called ‘Lady Sabrina’.
Similarly, Sabrina has been unwilling to live off her family money and insisted on getting a job pulling pints to help pay her way through college.
Sabrina Percy has walked for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, as seen in November 2017
‘I’ve got a job at the Imperial Arms because I need the cash to get me through college,’ she said at the time.
‘It’s expensive living in London, so I’m doing shifts at the pub. It’s hard work standing on your feet for hours, but I’ve had to knuckle down and earn money.’
The talented artist went on to study at the London College of Fashion and now has a career as an artist and illustrator, specialising in fashion sketches and portraits.
The Duke of Northumberland’s children, including Lady Melissa Percy, a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are Sabrina’s third cousins. Pictured, Lady Melissa Percy with fiancé Remy Trafelet (left) and former husband Thomas van Straubenzee
Her clients include Lulemon and Rolls Royce and she has had her work featured by Harper’s Bazaar and L’Officiel.
Thanks to her tall, slender physique and stunning features, Sabrina has also enjoyed success as a model, namely for Dolce & Gabbana. She has also been featured on the cover and pages of society bible Tatler magazine.
Away from work, Sabrina is often spotted at society events with fellow It-Girls including Emma, Viscountess Weymouth and Princess Diana’s niece Lady Kitty Spencer.
Real life fairytale: Sabrina’s connection to the Northumberlands means that her ancestral home Alnwick Castle, which doubled up as the Hogwarts castle in the Harry Potter films
The brunette beauty, who has modelled for the Italian fashion label on a number of occasions, took to Instagram to thank the designers for the ‘incredible piece’, calling it the ‘dress of her dreams’.
It appears the label was also behind the dazzling necklace and chandelier earrings worn by the bride-to-be, who added a thanks for the ‘jaw-dropping jewellery set that came with it [the dress]’.
Despite being blue-blooded through and through – the Percys’ ancestral seat is Northumberland Castle, where Harry Potter was filmed – Sabrina is known for being down-to-earth and used to pull pints in a Chelsea pub in order to pay her way through college.
She went on to study at the London College of Fashion and now juggles a career as an illustrator – her clients include lulemon and Rolls Royce, as well as society pals – with modelling gigs, namely for D&G.
Sabrina has also graced the cover of Tatler in addition to being named as one of the society bible’s ‘Babe of the Month’.
When she’s not working, Sabrina often attends society events with fellow It-girls including Lady Kitty Spencer and Emma, Viscountess Weymouth.
The happy couple! Sabrina with fiance Phineas, 37, whose family co-owns restaurant chains Franco Manca and The Real Greek. He popped the question on Christmas Day with three rings
Society hotspot: The party was held at Chelsea’s No. Fifty Cheyne, above. The restaurant, which offers high-end comfort food, opened last year and has fast become a society favourite
The pair were missing from Monday night’s soiree, which was a decidedly more intimate affair than the wedding is likely to be.
Acoustic guitarists played in the background as guests sipped on glasses of Champagne as they toasted the happy couple, who became engaged on Christmas Day.
Phineas, 37, whose family co-owns restaurant chains Franco Manca and The Real Greek, popped the question by presenting his girlfriend with not one, but four rings.
Speaking previously about the special moment, Sabrina said: ‘Inside my stocking were three small and beautifully wrapped gifts. The first was an emerald ring. I asked Phineas if it was an engagement ring and he said no.
‘I opened the second, a sapphire and diamond ring, and asked again if this was an engagement ring. He again said no.
‘I opened the third box, a beautiful ruby and diamond ring. I asked: ‘Is this an engagement ring?’ Phineas again said no. It was an emotional rollercoaster.
‘He then said: “There’s one more present”.’
‘He handed me quite a large box. Inside was an elegant mini Cinderella pumpkin princess carriage — I love Disney — and inside the carriage was a beautiful diamond eternity ring.’
Girl gang! Sabrina in pink with girlfriends including Jemima Cadbury of the chocolate dynasty (far left), Amber Le Bon (in white and beige), journalists Lily Worcester (right of Sabrina) and Natalie Salmon (in black trousers) and equestrian Tatiana Mountbatten (second from right)
All out glamour: Sabrina accessorised with a necklace and earrings from Dolce & Gabbana
Entertainment: An acoustic guitar group played music as guests mingled at the party
The couple had been due to tie the knot in June – one of a number of society weddings planned for this year – however they revealed to the Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare that they have now put the plans on hold due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I’m not really committing to a date at the moment because of Covid-19,’ she said.
Sabrina Percy is the daughter of Richard Percy, who is the current Duke of Northumberland’s second cousin. Richard is the grandson of the 8th Duke of Northumberland’s younger brother Lord William.
This makes the children of the current Duke of Northumberland Sabrina’s third cousins, including Lady Melissa Percy, a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Alnwick Castle, which featured in the Harry Potter movies and Downton Abbey, is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland.
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