It was a splendid afternoon indeed when Princess Eugenie of York, the second daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, the Duke and Duchess of York, and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, married her boyfriend of seven years, Jack Brooksbank. The bride is a member of the British royal family and ninth in line of succession whereas the groom is a British wine merchant and brand ambassador of Casamigod Tequila.
The beautiful couple first met in 2010 while Eugenie was on a ski break with her mother and sister in Verbier, Switzerland, where Jack was working at the time. In fact, it is said that the two are distant cousins, too, much like Eugenie’s grandparents Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II.
After being in a long distance relationship while Eugenie left for New York on work for two years in 2013, the couple began spending more time together when they united again and made more public appearances. Jack proposed to Princess Eugenie in what was a surprise engagement in Nicaragua in January this year.
The Wedding Venue
Just like her cousin Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie got married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle that was decorated in autumn floral schemes, on October 12. While Westminster Abbey is the most popular destination for royal weddings, the chapel in Windsor Castle has hosted numerous royal weddings of late, including the weddings of Peter Philipps and Autumn Kelly, Prince Edward and Sophie Ryhs-Jones, and Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
The Traditional Ceremony
The wedding ceremony was led by the Dean of Windsor, the Rt. Revd. David Conner, who gave the address and officiated the vows. A personal prayer for the wedding service was written by Rt. Hon. John Sentamu and the Archbishop of York, who also led the prayers during the service.
Princess Charlotte was selected by Princess Eugenie as one of the bridesmaids and Prince George as one of the page boys, both of who looked adorable in their white dress and white shirt and blue pant respectively. Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice was the maid of honour on the big day, and the pretty in purple lady delivered a reading from The Great Gatsby during the ceremony.
Andrea Bocelli performed two songs during the service as well. The Italian singer-songwriter was joined by musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Offbeat Wedding Dress
The bride chose a gorgeous white V-neck gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos as her wedding dress. The wide V shape neckline, which folded around the shoulders into a low back, showed off scars from Eugenie’s childhood surgery performed to correct scoliosis, as she wanted to show off the beauty in what she had been through. Although the dress didn’t have a veil, it included a number of symbols that are important to the bride, including a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, and the York Rose and Ivy.
Eugenie also wore an emerald Boucheron tiara, which she borrowed from her grandmother, the Queen. The tiara was given by Mrs Greville – a society host and philanthropist – to Queen Elizabeth in 1942. Princess Eugenie’s diamond and emerald drop earrings were a wedding gift from her new husband.
Star-Studded Guest List
It is said that the guest list for Eugenie and Jack’s wedding was way more than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the newlyweds are more popular than the latter. They had over 850 guests with numerous celebrities in attendance, including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler, Demi Moore, Ellie Goulding, and Cara Delevingne. In addition to their friends and family inside the chapel, Jack and Eugenie invited 1,200 members of the public and representatives from charities and organisations supported by them to celebrate inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. - Niharika; Pics: PTI