Today saw us watch the second royal wedding of the year: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. The ceremony was very romantic and intimate, cheering royal watchers on in the miserable October weather.
A whole host of celebs were present in the congregation, including Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Robbie Williams, and Ricky Martin.
The bridal party included Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as well as Isla and Savannah Phillips – daughters of Peter and Autumn – Mia Tindall (Mike and Zara’s eldest), plus Maud Windsor (Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor’s daughter) and Teddy Williams, daughter of Robbie Williams and wife, Ayda. The final member was Louis de Givenchy.
The Duke of Edinburgh happily surprised everyone by attending, waving happily to crowds as he and The Queen arrived at St George’s Chapel by car.
Thomas Brooksbank was the Best Man to his older brother, and held onto Jack’s glasses for the non-reading parts of the ceremony. Interestingly, many of us noted that one of Jack’s middle names is Stamp, revealed when he said his vows.
Princess Beatrice acted as Maid of Honour but surprised us by wearing navy blue and not arriving with the other bridesmaids; it seems this was more a supporting role from Eugenie’s sister.
Arriving in a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI with her father, Eugenie wore a dress by Peter Pilotto, featuring a portrait collar, v-shaped back and long sleeves. The bride specifically requested a low back in order to show off her scars from operations as a child to correct her scoliosis.
The tiara is on loan from her grandmother The Queen. It was a 1919 emerald kokoshnik bandeau style piece, that was owned by the Grevilles and passed to the Queen Mother. Read more over at our sister site here. Her earrings were a wedding gift from Jack.
Prince Andrew walked his daughter down the aisle, where Eugenie and Jack met for a reading, before heading to the quire and the location of their actual vows conducted by the Dean of Windsor.
Two siblings, Charles, and Beatrice gave readings here, with the Princess reading from The Great Gatsby; this was likely a big deal for the Princess, who is dyslexic. A few people commented on the unusual choice of passage, however, which the palace said Eugenie chose as it reminded her of her partner.
The first words Jack said to his fiancee when he saw her was: “Oh… my heart….”. How sweet!
Lady Louise, now 14, was asked to help wrangle the young bridesmaids and page boys, while James, Viscount Severn, 10, accompanied Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice into the chapel. She was named Maid of Honour ahead of the big day.
Andrea Boccelli performed Ava Maria alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus other pieces. The orchestra’s patron is Prince Andrew.
Jack struggled to get his bride’s ring on, and pulled a face as Eugenie helped him along.
Eugenie’s bouquet included spray roses, Lily of the Valley, and myrtle from Queen Victoria’s plant at Osborne House.
Upon leaving the chapel as husband and wife, Jack and Eugenie kissed on the steps in front of the crowds who were allowed into the castle grounds for the special occasion, to their cheers. The couple were followed out by the bridesmaids and pageboys, plus the mother of the bride.
It was then for a short carriage ride around Windsor to greet those gathered outside in the town.
Alex Bramall was chosen as their official photographer; Bramall has photographed the Princess in the past for her Harper’s Bazaar shoot of 2016. We expect official photos in a few days.
We were allowed a peek at the couple’s wedding cake, which featured autumnal leaves.
The couple left after the reception in the private apartments at Windsor Castle in an Aston Marti DB10. We haven’t heard anything about a honeymoon but expect them to be jetting off somewhere exotic as keen travellers.
The evening reception is being held at Royal Lodge for just intimate friends and family.