Princess Eu­ge­nie weds at Wind­sor

Times Colonist - - Front Page - GRE­GORY KATZ and MARTIN BENEDYK


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

It was the sec­ond wed­ding ex­trav­a­ganza of the year for the Royal Fam­ily, which seems to be rid­ing a wave of pop­u­lar­ity as the younger gen­er­a­tion comes to the fore and the Queen cuts back slightly on her pub­lic ap­pear­ances.

The 28-year-old bride, the Queen’s grand­daugh­ter, 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-based de­sign­ers Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher De Vos and a di­a­mond-and-emer­ald tiara lent to her by the Queen.

The Queen, 92, and her 97-yearold 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 Philip would be well enough to at­tend, but he seemed to be in good form dur­ing a rare pub­lic ap­pear­ance. Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, missed the wed­ding be­cause of other com­mit­ments.

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, Cara Delev­ingne and Naomi Camp­bell and pop singer Rob­bie Wil­liams, whose daugh­ter was a brides­maid.

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 age 12 to cor­rect sco­l­io­sis.

She has said that it’s im­por­tant for peo­ple to show their scars.

There were oc­ca­sional blue skies on a 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 works at a con­tem­po­rary art gallery. The cou­ple, who had dated for seven years, be­came 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 five-yearold son, Prince Ge­orge, served as a page boy, and their daugh­ter, three-year-old Princess Char­lotte, was one of six brides­maids. There was no sign of five-month-old Prince Louis, Wil­liam and Kate’s youngest child.

The bride’s par­ents left the chapel to­gether as the new­ly­weds em­barked on a horse-drawn car­riage ride through Wind­sor.

The Queen hosted a cham­pagne lun­cheon for the guests just af­ter the cer­e­mony, with a sec­ond re­cep­tion planned for the evening.

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.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter Fri­day’s wed­ding, the new­ly­weds em­bark on a horse-drawn car­riage ride through Wind­sor.

Left: Prince Andrew and Eu­ge­nie ar­rive. Cen­tre: New­ly­weds walk down the aisle. Right: Sarah Fer­gu­son and Princess Beatrice leave chapel.

Jack Brooks­bank and Princess Eu­ge­nie.

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