A new exhibition of Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress and accessories is to being next month at Windsor Castle, showcasing the Greville Kokoshnik tiara for the first time.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress, designed by Peter Pilotto, will be displayed alongside Jack’s suit, which was created by Savile Row tailor, Huntsman, from 1st March.
Eugenie chose Peter Pilotto after wearing the brand for a number of years. The label is known for its innovative textile design. The Princess – now Mrs Brooksbank – met the designers while co-hosting an event in support of women artists.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos worked closely together on the design of the dress, and researched previous royal wedding dresses to help them settle on a silhouette. Layer by layer the dress was developed, happening over several fittings.
The dress has a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back, which drapes into a flowing full-length train. The low back of the dress was specifically requested by Eugenie to show the scar from her surgery aged 12, to correct scoliosis.
The fabric features a wonderful personal touch of symbols representing Jack and Princess Eugenie. The White Rose of York – a nod to her title – is woven into a garland motif, and ivy represents the couple’s home, Ivy Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Her Majesty loaned one of her mother’s tiaras to her granddaughter, Greville Kokoshnik tiara. Gifted to The Queen Mother in 1942 by Mrs Greville, the piece was actually made in 1919 by Boucheron. It features brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The Kokoshnik style came from the Imperial Russian court.
A wedding gift from Jack, Eugenie’s diamond and emerald earrings will also join the display.
The groom’s suit was a black and grey morning suit with a vivid blue waistcoat.
The exhibition comes after The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding outfits were also shown in Windsor last year; Meghan and Harry’s wedding outfits will be moving to Edinburgh, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in June.
Visitors will be able to see these items at Windsor Castle 1 March – 22nd April 2019. Get tickets here.