The royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
12 Oct 2018
All the details from the second royal wedding of 2018, the marriage of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Images: ITV ‘This Morning at the Royal Wedding’ broadcast
Held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Friday 12th October, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding was an autumnal-inspired affair which featured a star-studded guest list.
Joining the Royals were Stephen Fry, Robbie Williams, Demi Moore, Ellie Goulding, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, James Blunt and Cara Delevingne. Autumn was the theme for the day, which also inspired the red velvet and chocolate wedding cake by Sophie Cabot that the pair chose for their reception.
London-based florist Rob Van Helden created sensational floral displays in deep autumnal shades. Unstructured arrangements featuring hydrangeas, berries and foliage framed the setting for the ceremony, while sensational topiary displays lined the steps of St George’s Chapel.
Katie Hart, a member of the Get Knotted creative team, said: "Befitting of both occasion and season, the rich berry tones in the flowers coupled with the array of foliage in autumnal hues flowed up the steps to the chapel, continuing within with displays recreating splendid woodland glades of liquidambar trees."
"The warm, rich colour palette embodies autumn with flowers in bold deep pinks, dark burgundy, deep reds and every berry tone. The vibrant displays use scented roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries. With foliage picked in Windsor Great Park, Princess Eugenie seems no different from many brides; it’s always special to use foliage and seasonal blooms from the family garden."
The autumnal colour palette carried through to the outfits of Duchess of York and mother of the bride, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice, who both chose rich jewel shades; Sarah Ferguson opted for an emerald green dress and Beatrice conducted her maid of honour duties in a sapphire blue Ralph & Russo ensemble. Similar colours were echoed among other members of the Royal family with Princess Anne in vibrant green; the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, in berry red; and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in dark blue. The Queen wore Angela Kelly in duck egg blue.
Among the flower girls and page boys were: Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Mia Tindle, Savannah and Isla Phillips, and Robbie Williams' and Ayda Field’s daughter – Theodore Rose Williams.
Princess Eugenie arrived on the arm of her father, Duke of York Prince Andrew, wearing a Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown which showcased a full skirt and V-neckline. The low back exposed Eugenie’s surgery scar, a reminder of her scoliosis – a condition that she continuously works to raise awareness of. Eugenie finished her look with Charlotte Olympia shoes and a statement diamond tiara bearing a central emerald stone, a gift from the Queen’s personal collection. Lily of the valley, white spring roses and thistles, with the traditional royal sprig of myrtle, comprised Eugenie’s bouquet.
Bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano, offered her expert comment: “The Princess looked classic with a contemporary twist - the long sleeves remain in line with royal tradition and the cuff-style neckline and full flowing skirt in a jacquard print had a freshness and simplicity. She absolutely nailed it with her wedding look; the outfit was perfectly balanced and she looked super classic."
At the end of the aisle awaited Eugenie’s wine merchant fiancé, Jack Brooksbank – who she met seven years ago while skiing in Switzerland – supported by his best man and brother, Thomas.
An opening hymn of Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken by composer John Newton set the tone for the ceremony and when the vows had been made, the congregation enjoyed magical performances by Andrea Bocelli and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus. The choir of St George’s Chapel also gave rousing perfomances during the signing of the register, namely My Spirit Sang All Day.
Charles Brooksbank, Jack’s cousin, gave a reading of St Paul’s Letter to the Colossians Chapter 3 verses 12-16 which spoke of kindness, compassion, forgiveness and love. Princess Beatrice followed with an excerpt from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – a passage that reminds Eugenie of Jack.
The happy couple exited the chapel to rapturous applause and embarked on their carriage ride through Windsor to the sound of bagpipes, played by a piper from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Scottish Regiment.
Commenting on his new son-in-law and the newlyweds, Prince Andrew said: “Jack is an extraordinary young man, one of the kindest hearts I know. I’m sure they will be in love for the rest of their lives; I’m incredibly proud of both of them.”