Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, perhaps got the loudest cheer as she pulled up to the church with her eldest child Beatrice.
‘You Look Perfect’
Princess Eugenie has married her long-time partner and best friend Jack Brooksbank at a ceremony attended by the rich and famous.
A stream of celebrities, including Kate Moss, Liv Tyler, Demi Moore and Ellie Goulding filtered into St George’s Chapel, Windsor ahead of the service.
The autumnal inspired wedding arches and chapel decor were breathtaking, a fabulous alternative to Meghan Markle’s crisp white archway back in May, at the same church.
The ninth in line to the throne was given away by her father, Prince Andrew – watched by her grandmother, the Queen.
Mr Brooksbank was visibly nervous; fighting back the tears behind his glasses. But as soon as Eugenie reached him, after the long walk up the aisle, he grinned and said “you’re perfect” and “oh, break my heart”.
Classical singer Andrea Bocelli performed two songs during the ceremony, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Who was she wearing?
Eugenie wanted a classic look, but with ‘a touch of fun’. Arriving with her father proudly by her side, wearing a white portrait-neckline gown by Peter Piloto and Christopher de Vos. She opted not to wear a wedding veil, instead wearing the Grenville Tiara, which was owned by the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II’s mom. It’s reported the Queen was delighted to gift this diamond and emerald encrusted beauty to her granddaughter as her ‘something borrowed.’
The dress features a wide train, as the father of the bride leaked in an interview with ITV beforehand. It also has a V-neckline that folds around the shoulders and dips in the back, showing the scars from a surgery Eugenie had at age 12 for scoliosis.
It also included a number of symbols meaningful to the bride, including a thistle for Scotland, symbolising the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Ferguson family, and the York Rose and ivy for the couple’s home.
Jack gave his longterm love a pair of stunning diamond and emerald drop earrings. Sarah Ferguson, Eugenie’s mother, proudly gave Jack a gift too, he wore a tie pin that features the white rose of York – a nod to Eugenie’s family – and the same pink padparadscha sapphire as Eugenie’s engagement ring.
Who took part?
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were among the adorable tribe of page boys and flower girls that followed Eugenie up the aisle.
The other bridesmaids were Mia Tindall – daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall – Mia’s cousins Savannah and Isla, Eugenie’s goddaughter Maud Windsor and Robbie Williams’ daughter, Theodora. The other pageboy is Louis de Givenchy, six, the son of friends.
Charlotte was waving to her adoring fans as soon as she stepped foot in their Royles Royce, meanwhile cheeky cousins George and Savannah were pulling funny faces and pretending to play trumpets, they are quite the double act.
Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, was maid of honour and played a special role in the wedding, reading an excerpt from The Great Gatsby.
Mr Brooksbank picked his brother Thomas to be his best man, he said it was special to them both to have their siblings by their sides, especially to help calm the nerves.
Who came to show them support?
Royal family members, celebrities, charitable workers and friends filled Windsor Chapel, sheltering from the remnants of Storm Callum.
Many a hat got swept up the hill towards the Castle and into the cheering crowd, much to their amusement, as crowds gathered together to catch a glimpse of the bride.
The Royals of course had priority seats. Kate and Meghan were channeling very different styles, but both effortlessly chic. Kate dressed in a cranberry tailored dress, with matching accessories. courtesy of her own bridal designer at Alexander McQueen. Meghan too made a nod to her wedding day by picking a midnight blue Givency piece, again with a headpiece and stiletto heel.
One celebrity who everyone is talking about is Cara Delevingne, she opted to go against the autumnal trends and wear a tailored suit and top hat. Doesn’t she look incredible.
Kate’s sister Pippa arrived with her new husband on one arm and her brother in the other. With a rapidly expanding bump, she dazzled in a forest green Emilia Wickstead dress and coordinating hat.
After the Ceremony
The happy couple took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the town, watched by around 1,200 members of the public in the castle grounds, and more well-wishers outside .
They will join the rest of their wedding guests and family, for an afternoon reception hosted by the Queen in St George’s Hall at the castle.
An evening party will take place at the York family home, the Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.
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