New­ly­weds, pals par­tied like roy­alty

In­side princess’s epic wed­ding bash

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - ELLEN WHIN­NETT DOMANII CAMERON IN WIND­SOR

PRINCESS Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brookss­bank en­joyed “one hell of a party”, ”, spend­ing two days cel­e­brat­ing their ir beau­ti­ful au­tumn wed­ding at Wind­sor.

Af­ter a re­cep­tion hosted by the Queen, the cou­ple jumped into an As­ton Martin built for the James Bond movie Spec­tre and left for Royal Lodge, home of Eu­ge­nie’s di­vorced par­ents Prince An­drew and Sarah Fer­gu­son, to party with their celebrity and royal friends.

Eu­ge­nie, 28, was still in her bridal gown, as Mr Brooks­bank, 32, helped her into the car be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel and go­ing to their cel­e­bra­tion.

The Princess and her for­mer night­club man­ager hus­band were joined by most of the 800 guests who had cel­e­brated their nup­tials on Fri­day morn­ing at St Ge­orge’s Chapel.

Prince An­drew re­port­edly broke pro­to­col to give his son-in-law a hug as the pair cut their five-tier red vel­vet wed­ding cake (be­low), fea­tur­ing a cas­cade of au­tumn leaves and berries.

At Royal Lodge, afun fair was set up for guests, with dodgem cars, a co­conut shy and other games.

Mr Brooks­bank, who sells tequila for a firm founded by Ge­orge Clooney and Rande Ger­ber, had promised the Casami­gos would flow freely along with Bloody Marys to ease han­govers.

A gar­dener told re­porters: “The setup looks amaz­ing so I’m sure it will be one hell of a party.”

There was buzz around Wind­sor about com­ments by Prince An­drew, who ap­peared to one-up Prince Harry and Meghan by say­ing more peo­ple at­tended his daugh­ter’s wed­ding than theirs at th the same ame venue five months ago. This is de­spite the pains courtiers had gone to to avoid com­par­isons be­tween the events. “There are a few more peo­ple than most peo­ple have,’’ the prince told ITV. “There are a few more than Harry had. But that’s just the na­ture of Eu­ge­nie and Jack. They have got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in.” The Prince also said the wed­ding was at St Ge­orge’s on the Queen’s or­ders. “(She) very firmly said, ‘No, St Ge­orge’s is where you are go­ing to have the wed­ding’,” he said. “So I said, ‘Aye aye, ma’am, turn to the right, salute and carry on’.” Char­lie Proc­tor, ed­i­tor-in-chief of the e Royal Cen­tral web­site, said com­par­ing the wed­dings – 800 guests ver­sus Harry’s 650 – was “tact­less”. “No­body should be com­par­ing the two wed­dings – es­pe­cially the father of the bride,’’ he said. The Mir­ror hired a lip reader who said Zara Tin­dall had turned to Harry and Meghan and said: “It’s very quiet com­pared to the scream­ing at your wed­ding.” PHOTO GAL­LERIES AT COURI­ER­MAIL.COM.AU PARTY TIME: Princess Eu­ge­nie and Fergie (main); the As­ton Martin (right); guests at the re­cep­tion in­cluded Ricky Martin and Demi Moore (top); and friends par­tied late into the night (above).

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