Scenes From Princess Eugenie And Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding, Plus All Its Lovely Details
Raise your glasses for the royal newlyweds!
Princess Eugenie, daughter of Sarah Ferguson and The Queen's sixth grandchild, wed businessman Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel on Friday, October 12. The elegant ceremony was the second royal wedding for the monarchs this year (the first being Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May nuptials), giving Britons much to celebrate over the weekend.
Along with members of the royal family, a roster of famous guests also attended the red letter affair watched by millions all over the world. And while the Princess' admirers may have been concentrating on her dress, the décor, the kiss, and even the party that came after, the young royal made sure to use her special day to promote the advocacies and causes closest to her heart.
Here's everything you need to know about the royal autumn event, plus a gallery of its most beautiful snaps.
Just like her cousin who wed befor her, Princess Eugenie chose the historic St. George's Chapel as the venue for her nuptials. The structure lies in the grounds of Windsor Castle, a place she and her older sister Princess Beatrice grew up exploring in their youth.
The only detail Princess Eugenie shared about her wedding gown was that it would be made by a "British-based" desiger. In the end, duo Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos were chosen to create the off-shoulder, long-sleeved number.
Simple overall, the dress' best detail was in its back; the Princess made sure it would be cut low enough to show a scar that resulted from a scoliosis-related spine surgery she underwent at age 12. The experience paved the way for her to become a scoliosis advocate in adulthood and even support charities that help those afflicted by the condition.
Though it is not customary for a female member of the royal family to wear a tiara during her wedding, many have come to expect The Queen to lend one of her many headpieces to a bride-to-be as their "something borrowed" for their special day. In Princess Eugenie's case, her grandmother lent her the majestic Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara.
Senior members of the royal family were all in attendance from The Queen herself and her husband Prince Philip, to Princes William and Harry and their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, to Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice, and the bride's father Prince Andrew. Meanwhile, non-royal attendees included recognizable faces like singers Ellie Goulding, Ricky Martin and Robbie Williams, actresses Demi Moore and Liv Tyler, and models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne—all of whom were impeccably dressed, too!
Selected members of the public were also present at the event. Individuals from the Princess' chosen charities, students from the schools she attended as a girl, and staff of royal residences were invited, contributing to the total guest count of almost 2,000.
As is traditional in British royal weddings, the roles of a bridal entourage's bridesmaids and pageboys are played by the youngest members of the family. Princess Charlotte and older brother Prince George were at the forefront of this group of tiny tots who walked down the aisle before Princess Eugenie's big entrance. (Princess Beatrice served as the maid of honor).
In comparison to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's British-American nuptials that showed their heritage, Princess Eugenie went down the more traditional path for her own. The Dean of Windsor officiated the ceremony, while Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provided music.
That is not to say this bride didn't incude personal touches of her own; one of the readings led by Princess Beatrice was an excerpt from American novel The Great Gatsby, a passage that Princess Eugenie explained to remind her of Jack.
The Princess and Jack also embarked on a brief procession via the Scottish State Coach where they toured some of London's main streets to greet well-wishers and wave to crowds.
The formal receptions
As they made their way out of the wedding venue as husband and wife, the pair drove off in a custom-made silver DB10 Aston Martin. Die-hard 007 fans will recognize the set of wheels that was originally made for 2015's Spectre.
In their first appearance as a married couple, Princess Eugenie and Jack headed to St. George's Hall where the Queen organized an afternoon reception for them. The invitation-only event saw only a few guests from the ceremony, and is reportedly a separate affair from the carnival-themed party that the couple intends to host for their own friends.
In the evening, the bride changed into a second outfit for her reception at Royal Lodge: a silk Zac Posen dress in pale blush. The ethereal creation's bodice showed off the Princess' figure, while its flowy skirt provided stylish flair for the perfect evening look.
The wedding cake
Sophie Cabot created the multi-tiered wedding cake of Princess Eugenie and Jack. The bespoke cake artist worked incredibly hard on this red velvet and chocolate masterpiece, starting some three months in advance. It features autumn leaf accents against white fondant and has their initials on the bottom layer.
There she is! Enormous congratulations to the wonderful couple. Thank you for trusting me with such an integral and important part of your beautiful day. It has been the most incredible, surreal experience, a dream come true. Forever grateful ???? xxx @princesseugenie @hrhthedukeofyork @theroyalfamily . . . . #royalwedding #weddingcake #cake #baking #london #sophiecabot
The official photos
A few hours after Princess Eugenie's evening reception, the Palace released her official wedding photos taken by Alex Bramall. Following the footsteps of other royal brides that came before her, the 28-year-old newlywed posed alongside her groom, bridesmaids, the Queen, and her immediate family in the photo.
Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank are delighted to release four official photographs from their Wedding day. The images were taken by photographer Alex Bramall at Windsor Castle and later in the day at the private dinner at Royal Lodge. The newly married couple are pictured in the White Drawing Room, Windsor Castle with their bridal party including The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Middle row (left-to-right): Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Her Majesty The Queen; The Duke of Edinburgh; Miss Maud Windsor; Master Louis De Givenchy. Front row: Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Isla Phillips; Miss Savannah Phillips Back row: Mr Thomas Brooksbank; Mrs Nicola Brooksbank; Mr George Brooksbank; Princess Beatrice of York; Sarah, Duchess of York; The Duke of York. #RoyalWedding Photo: Alex Bramall
Photos from @kensingtonroyal @theroyalfamily @hrhthedukeofyork