Queen El­iz­a­beth's grand­daugh­ter mar­ries in Gats­byesque splen­dor

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WIND­SOR, Eng­land: Hol­ly­wood stars joined Queen El­iz­a­beth and her fam­ily for Bri­tain’s sec­ond ma­jor royal wed­ding this year, as the monarch’s grand­daugh­ter Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ried wine mer­chant Jack Brooks­bank.

Eu­ge­nie, 28, daugh­ter of the queen’s third child, Prince An­drew and his exwife Sarah Fer­gu­son, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Brooks­bank, 32, in a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony at Wind­sor Cas­tle’s 15th Cen­tury St Ge­orge’s Chapel.

It was the same set­ting as the lav­ish wed­ding in May of Prince Harry and his Amer­i­can ac­tress wife Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, as the cou­ple are now known, were among Fri­day’s con­gre­ga­tion.

Eu­ge­nie’s nup­tials had much of the same pomp and pageantry as Harry’s, but the grandeur for a “mi­nor royal” at­tracted some crit­i­cism.

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 singers El­lie Gould­ing and Rob­bie Wil­liams.

Fe­male guests had to cling on to their hats as a blus­tery wind threat­ened their wed­ding out­fits.

Eu­ge­nie’s dress, by Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher De Vos of Lon­don-based la­bel Peter Pilotto, had a low back to re­veal scars from surgery the princess un­der­went to cor­rect sco­l­io­sis when she was 12.

“It’s a lovely way to honor the peo­ple who looked af­ter me and a way of stand­ing up for young peo­ple who also go through this,” she told ITV’s “This Morn­ing” ahead of the wed­ding.

The cou­ple showed clear signs on nerves but beamed hap­pily dur­ing the hour-long ser­vice.

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