Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ries in grand royal wed­ding

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - NEWS - MICHAEL HOLDEN

Queen El­iz­a­beth’s grand­daugh­ter Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ried wine mer­chant Jack Brooks­bank at Wind­sor Cas­tle on Fri­day in front of celebri­ties and Bri­tain’s se­nior roy­als in­clud­ing Prince Harry and wife Meghan, who wed at the same venue in May.

Eu­ge­nie, 28, younger daugh­ter of the Queen’s third child, Prince An­drew, and his ex-wife, Sarah Fer­gu­son, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Mr. Brooks­bank, 32, in a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in the cas­tle’s 15th-cen­tury St. Ge­orge’s Chapel.

It was the same set­ting as Harry and Meghan’s wed­ding in May, and the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, as the cou­ple are now known, were among the star-stud­ded con­gre­ga­tion.

The 92-year-old Queen and her hus­band, Philip, 97, who has re­tired from of­fi­cial en­gage­ments, were joined by other roy­als and celebri­ties in­clud­ing Hol­ly­wood stars Liv Tyler and Demi Moore, mod­els Kate Moss and Naomi Camp­bell and singer El­lie Gould­ing.

The cou­ple, while show­ing clear signs on nerves, beamed hap­pily dur­ing the hour-long ser­vice.

Sev­eral hun­dred singing and cheer­ing well-wish­ers gath­ered out­side in Wind­sor in the shadow of the cas­tle, far fewer than the thou­sands that crammed into the town for Harry’s wed­ding.

One no­tice­able ab­sen­tee was Camilla, the Duchess of Corn­wall, the wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, as she was car­ry­ing out an en­gage­ment in Scot­land.

Princess Char­lotte, 3, daugh­ter of Harry’s elder brother Prince William and his wife, Kate, was a brides­maid, and her brother, Prince Ge­orge, 5, a page boy.

Af­ter the ser­vice, the cou­ple took an open-top horse­drawn car­riage tour of Wind­sor be­fore a re­cep­tion at the cas­tle, hosted by the Queen.

Eu­ge­nie is a direc­tor at Lon­don’s Hauser & Wirth art gallery, and Mr. Brooks­bank owns a wine whole­sale busi­ness and is Euro­pean brand man­ager for Casami­gos Tequila, which was co-founded by U.S. ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney.

Se­cu­rity around Wind­sor was tight, with air­port-style se­cu­rity checks and large num­bers of po­lice. As Eu­ge­nie does not carry out of­fi­cial royal du­ties, repub­li­cans have said it is wrong that the es­ti­mated £2-mil­lion ($3.4-mil­lion) se­cu­rity bill will be paid by tax­pay­ers.


Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank leave the chapel af­ter their wed­ding at Wind­sor Cas­tle on Fri­day.

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