Royal wed­ding has Gatsby twist

The Citizen (KZN) - - WORLD - Wind­sor

– Jay Gatsby, the tragic hero of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s most fa­mous work, made an ap­pear­ance at the wed­ding of Queen El­iz­a­beth’s grand­daugh­ter, Princess Eu­ge­nie, yes­ter­day.

Af­ter Eu­ge­nie and wine mer­chant Jack Brooks­bank were wed at Wind­sor Cas­tle, her sis­ter read a pas­sage from the novel about the char­ac­ter­is­tic smile of Gatsby, a rich man famed for throw­ing lav­ish par­ties for the ’20s New York glit­terati.

“It (Gatsby’s smile) un­der­stood you just as far as you wanted to be un­der­stood, be­lieved in you as you would like to be­lieve in your­self, and as­sured you that it had pre­cisely the im­pres­sion of you that, at your best, you hoped to con­vey,” Eu­ge­nie’s sis­ter, Beatrice of York, read.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dean of Wind­sor, David Con­ner, who of­fi­ci­ated at the wed­ding, Eu­ge­nie read The Great Gatsby shortly af­ter meet­ing Brooks­bank and the pas­sage re­minded her of his own smile.

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 Brooks­bank, 32, in a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in the cas­tle’s St Ge­orge’s Chapel. Eu­ge­nie’s dress was made by Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher De Vos of the la­bel Peter Pilotto.

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

Pic­ture: Reuters

THE KISS. Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank kiss af­ter their wed­ding at the 15th cen­tury St Ge­orge’s Chapel in Wind­sor Cas­tle, Wind­sor, yes­ter­day.

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