Princess Eu­ge­nie weds

Wind­sor Cas­tle hosts star-stud­ded af­fair

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Gre­gory Katz and Martin BENEDYK The Associated Press

WIND­SOR, Eng­land — Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ried tequila ex­ec­u­tive Jack Brooks­bank in a star-stud­ded royal wed­ding Fri­day at St. Ge­orge’s Chapel on the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle.

The 28-year-old bride, a grand­daugh­ter of Queen El­iz­a­beth II, is ninth in line to the Bri­tish throne. She wore a long-sleeved gown with a fit­ted top, a pe­plum and a long train by Bri­tish de­sign­ers Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher De Vos and a di­a­mond-and-emer­ald tiara loaned to her by the queen.

Eu­ge­nie’s dress was cut in a deep V in the front and the back, a fea­ture re­quested by the bride that re­vealed a ver­ti­cal scar from her surgery at 12 to cor­rect sco­l­io­sis. “I think you can change the way beauty is,” she said pre­vi­ously, ac­cord­ing to Cos­mopoli­tan. “And you can show peo­ple your scars and I think it’s re­ally spe­cial to stand up for that.”

The queen and her hus­band, Prince Philip, at­tended the wed­ding, along with other se­nior roy­als, in­clud­ing Prince Charles, Prince Wil­liam and his wife Kate, the duchess of Cam­bridge, and Prince Harry with Meghan, the duchess of Sus­sex.

There had been doubts about whether the 97-yearold Philip would be well enough to at­tend, but he seemed to be in good form dur­ing a rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance.

Eu­ge­nie’s sis­ter, Princess Beatrice, served as maid of hon­our — she read a se­lec­tion from F. Scott Fitzger­ald’s “The Great Gatsby” dur­ing the ser­vice.

They are the daugh­ters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Fer­gu­son, who are di­vorced but en­joy an am­i­ca­ble re­la­tion­ship.

The A-list guests in­cluded Hol­ly­wood stars Demi Moore and Liv Tyler, fash­ion lu­mi­nar­ies Kate Moss and Naomi Camp­bell and pop singer Rob­bie Wil­liams, whose daugh­ter was a brides­maid.

There were oc­ca­sional blue

skies on a gen­er­ally cloudy, gusty day as the royal stan­dard flew atop the Wind­sor Cas­tle com­plex, in­di­cat­ing the queen was in res­i­dence. The strong winds forced many women to hold on to their elab­o­rate hats as they ap­proached the chapel.

Eu­ge­nie, 28, works at a con­tem­po­rary art gallery. The cou­ple, who had dated for seven years, got en­gaged in Jan­uary when Brooks­bank, 32, pro­posed dur­ing a trip to Nicaragua. They mar­ried in the same venue used in May by Harry and Meghan.

Wil­liam and Kate’s 5-yearold son, Prince Ge­orge, served as a page boy, and their daugh­ter, 3-year-old Princess Char­lotte, was one of six brides­maids.

The bride’s par­ents left the chapel to­gether smil­ing as the new­ly­weds em­barked on a horse-drawn car­riage ride through parts of Wind­sor. The queen hosted a cham­pagne lun­cheon for the guests just af­ter the cer­e­mony, with a sec­ond re­cep­tion planned for the evening.

Eu­ge­nie told ITV, which broad­cast the hour-long ser­vice in Bri­tain, that she was both ex­cited and a bit on edge.

“It’s nerve-wrack­ing and a bit scary and all the things that come with get­ting mar­ried, but at the end of the day you get to marry the per­son you love,” she said.

The cou­ple in­vited 1,200 mem­bers of the pub­lic to come onto the cas­tle grounds for a closer glimpse of pro­ceed­ings. There were also crowds of well-wish­ers on the streets out­side the im­pos­ing cas­tle.

It’s nerve-wrack­ing and a bit scary and all the things that come with get­ting mar­ried...”

Princess eu­ge­nie

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Princess Eu­ge­nie and her new hus­band, Jack Brooks­bank, leave St. Ge­orge’s Chapel af­ter their wed­ding at Wind­sor Cas­tle yes­ter­day.

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Eu­ge­nie and her dad, Prince Andrew, right, share a glance dur­ing the ser­vice at­tended by Queen El­iz­a­beth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles. Four-year-old Prince Ge­orge served as page boy.

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