Queen’s grand­daugh­ter weds

The West Australian - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Whin­nett Wind­sor

Princess Eu­ge­nie has mar­ried Jack Brooks­bank in a stun­ning and tra­di­tional cer­e­mony at Wind­sor Cas­tle and in front of hun­dreds of celebri­ties and se­nior roy­als led by the Queen.

The sun came out on a blus­tery au­tumn day as the 28-year-old princess walked down the aisle of the 15th cen­tury St Ge­orge’s Chapel on the arm of her fa­ther Prince An­drew.

The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince William and his wife Cather­ine, and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan — who mar­ried at the same chapel five months ago — were among the 800 guests in­side the chapel which was dec­o­rated in stun­ning colours of pink, pur­ple, or­ange and deep reds.

Two of William and Cather­ine’s chil­dren, Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte, were in the bridal party.

At sun­rise, hun­dreds of peo­ple took up po­si­tions along the Wind­sor High Street ready to wel­come the happy cou­ple as they took a cel­e­bra­tory car­riage ride through the streets of the royal bor­ough.

But cold winds and rain overnight kept crowds down, and there was none of the hys­te­ria and crowds that ac­com­pa­nied the nup­tials of Harry and Meghan.

The grounds of the cas­tle opened at 5am and the 1200 peo­ple who won a bal­lot to watch the event from in­side the grounds filed in, along with mem­bers of char­i­ties sup­ported by Eu­ge­nie.

Celebri­ties, in­clud­ing pop star Rob­bie Wil­liams, were among those who turned out to see the ninth-in-line to the throne say “I will” to her boyfriend of eight years, a for­mer night­club man­ager turned wine mer­chant and tequila sales­man.

Wind­sor was dec­o­rated with bunting, bal­loons and the Bri­tish union flag, and po­lice had a strong se­cu­rity pres­ence, with all ar­rivals into the high street un­der­go­ing air­port-style scans and bag searches.

Other high-pro­file guests at the chapel in­cluded en­ter­tainer Stephen Fry, singers El­lie Gould­ing and James Blunt, bar en­tre­pre­neur Rande Ger­ber and his su­per­model wife Cindy Craw­ford, and Cather­ine Mid­dle­ton’s sis­ter Pippa and her hus­band James Matthews.

Eu­ge­nie’s mother Sarah Fer­gu­son, the Duchess of York, who di­vorced Prince An­drew in 1996, ar­rived at the church with her other daugh­ter, Princess Beatrice, who was her sis­ter’s maid of hon­our.

With the Queen, Eu­ge­nie’s grand­mother, the head of the Church of Eng­land, the ser­vice was a tra­di­tional one. But as is usual with mod­ern wed­dings, the cou­ple’s vows in­cluded a pledge to love, hon­our, com­fort and keep each other, but not to obey.

Princess Char­lotte and Prince Ge­orge.

The Queen and Prince Philip en­ter the chapel.

Rob­bie Wil­liams and wife Ayda Field.

Demi Moore ar­rives at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Princess Eu­ge­nie with her fa­ther Prince An­drew. Pic­tures: Getty, AP

Mother of the bride Sarah Fer­gu­son.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge ar­rive.

Stephen Fry and part­ner El­liott Spencer.

Princess Beatrice.

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