If you’re still experiencing vicarious post-wedding blues after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony, we’re here to remind you of some good news. 2018 is the year of not just one but two royal weddings: Princess Eugenie of York is set to walk down the aisle to marry her fiancé Jack Brooksbank in October. If new reports are anything to go by, it seems Princess Eugenie’s wedding will be even bigger than Meghan’s.
According to The Mail On Sunday, Eugenie and Jack have invited 850 guests to their October nuptials at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. With the venue only seating 800, an extra 50 seats will have to be brought in. In contrast, Harry and Meghan invited 600 people to their May wedding. The star-studded guest list will also rival Harry and Meghan’s, with George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Robbie and Ayda Williams, and artist Tracey Emin all set to appear.
A new dispatch from the palace has now confirmed that Princess Beatrice will be the maid of honor for her younger sister, while Jack has chosen his brother Tom Brooksbank to take on the best man duties.
Among the bridal party will be Princess Charlotte, Savannah and Isla Philips, Mia Tindall, Maud Windsor, and Theodora Williams as flower girls, and Prince George and Louis de Givenchy as page boys. They will be joined by Eugenie’s younger cousins Lady Louise Mountbatten Windsor and James, Viscount Severn as special attendants.
After the 11 a.m. church ceremony, all 850 guests will attend a traditional wedding breakfast at George’s Hall, hosted by the Queen and Duke of York. 400 of the guests have then been invited to a champagne evening party at the family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
However, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will not be among those guests. The Prince of Wales’ wife (and Eugenie’s aunt by marriage) has a scheduling conflict, and will be heading up to Scotland to visit a school. As the event was planned months before Eugenie and Jack finalized their wedding date, Camilla reportedly feels that she must honor the more long-standing commitment.
“Royals often miss family events for pre-scheduled engagements. It’s at a school and was scheduled long before. I expect she doesn’t want to disappoint the children. She will have spoken to Eugenie about it,” royal commentator Victoria Arbiter explained on Twitter.
The evening has allegedly cost the Yorks $115,000 and will include a three-course dinner organized by upmarket catering firm Bentley’s, dancing in the marquee complete with a glass dance floor, and live music from Ellie Goulding and Robbie Williams.
In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the happy couple and their upcoming wedding.
Who is Princess Eugenie of York?
The clue is in the “of York” part. Eugenie Victoria Helena is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, the queen’s third child who also goes by the title of Duke of York, and his officially-ex-yet-still-cohabiting wife Sarah Ferguson, who still uses the title of Duchess of York (you probably know her best as the famous “Fergie”).
Born on March 23 1990, Eugenie is the queen’s sixth grandchild and is currently ninth in line to the throne, just behind her elder sister, Princess Beatrice (she of royal wedding hat fame), and just ahead of her uncle, Prince Edward. Since 2015, she’s worked at Mayfair gallery Hauser & Wirth as an associate director, just a short hop from her new home at Kensington Palace, Ivy Cottage, which she shares with Jack.
Who is Jack Brooksbank?
32-year-old Jack Brooksbank used to manage Mahiki, the tiki-themed London haunt favored by Prince Harry back in his partying days. He and Eugenie first caught one another’s eye on the slopes of Swiss skiing resort Verbier.
He now works as an ambassador for George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s tequila brand, Casamigos. He is also a non-royal (hey, it’s 2018 — and Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle seem to be managing just fine): His parents, Nicola and George, are an accountant and a company director, respectively.
When did Eugenie and Jack get engaged?
It’s OK to admit that you might have been a little distracted by the Harry and Meghan show at the time, but Jack proposed to Eugenie on vacation in Nicaragua back in January, and the engagement was announced in a statement from Buckingham Palace on January 22. Prince Andrew and Camilla were said to be “delighted” at the news, while Jack’s parents were “over the moon.”
Princess Eugenie’s Engagement Ring
It’s really something. Eugenie’s engagement ring features a pink oval padparadscha sapphire, ten brilliant cut diamonds, and two pear-cut diamonds, and it also bears a striking resemblance to the ruby ring that her father proposed to her mother with. It’s good to see that Jack’s done his royal research. He’s also chosen a ring that’s worth around $115,000.
Where will the ceremony be held?
Eugenie and Jack will be tying the knot in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which, you might recall, was also where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made things official on May 19.
What will Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress look like?
As is the case with royal wedding dresses, we won’t know for sure until the day itself, although we can certainly mine Eugenie’s most recent fashion choices for clues in the meantime. For her official engagement photos, the princess chose a floral style by Erdem, who is both a fashion industry favorite and a go-to label for the younger generation of royals.
It’s hardly a stretch to see Eugenie wearing a bespoke style from the London-based, Canadian-born designer on her wedding day. Indeed, royals fans are betting on an Erdem-designed gown, with Suzannah, Jenny Packham, and Alice Temperley also thought to be in the running.
Perhaps the designer she chooses will be an under-the-radar talent: For her cousin’s wedding, Eugenie was one of the first to wear Gainsbourg, the luxury tailoring and couture label set up by Caroline Breteau, a former art director at Vogue, and Sam Dougal, previously of Alexander McQueen.
Does Eugenie get to wear a tiara?
As the granddaughter of the queen, it’s only fitting that Eugenie will wear a tiara on her wedding day — and it seems that one piece with a special significance has already been earmarked for the occasion. Traditionally, a bride wears her family tiara, and in Eugenie’s case, this is the York Tiara, a diamond-encrusted headpiece said to have been specially commissioned by the queen and presented to Sarah Ferguson as a wedding gift in 1986.
Will there be a carriage procession?
According to The Mail On Sunday, the Duke of York is keen to protect his daughters’ status as royal princesses and therefore wants Eugenie be have a carriage procession, much like Harry and Meghan.
Will Fergie be there?
Of course. She’s the mother of the bride, and presumably she wouldn’t miss it for the world — though expect some very decorous side eye from Prince Philip and Prince Charles, who reportedly aren’t huge fans.
Will Princess Beatrice wear a wild hat?
Royal protocol dictates that female wedding guests simply must wear a hat, but judging from her understated headgear at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, she’s toned things down after her Philip Treacy fascinator launched a thousand memes when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011. There is, however, one potential scenario in which Beatrice won’t wear a hat at all.
Which royals will attend the wedding?
Look out for the usual suspects: the queen and Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Tindalls, and we could go on. Plus, Eugenie has a distinctly star-studded friendship circle, which includes Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding, and James Blunt, as well as two of Prince Harry’s exes, Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas.
What about the wedding cake?
The palace has confirmed that London-based cake-maker Sophie Cabot will be doing the honors, after being discovered by the couple through the Pitch at the Palace scheme, an initiative organized by Eugenie’s father Prince Andrew. Cabot will be whipping up a red velvet and chocolate cake, which the official statement describes as “a traditional cake with a modern feel. It will incorporate the rich colors of autumn in its design, and will be covered with detailed sugar work including ivy.” Perhaps that latter detail is a nod to the Kensington Palace home that the couple share, Ivy Cottage.
Will Princess Eugenie’s new husband get a royal title?
According to Hello!, Jack Brooksbank was offered the title of Earl, but refused it, and Princess Eugenie will change her official title, choosing to be styled as “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank.”
How much will all this be costing?
Though it’s thought that the Yorks will cover the cost of the ceremony and the after-party, security costs are thought to have reached up towards $2 million, something that’s prompted a new petition. Titled “No taxpayer funding for Eugenie’s wedding,” the online petition argues that the public should not be footing this bill, as Eugenie does not carry out royal engagements. To date, it has received around 14,000 signatures.
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