Qui­eter royal wed­ding

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

Queen El­iz­a­beth II's grand­daugh­ter Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ried a wine mer­chant on Fri­day in a Wind­sor wed­ding clouded by com­plaints over costs and strug­gling to re­cap­ture the magic of past royal nup­tials.

The big day for the ninth in line to the throne and Jack Brooks­bank – a "com­moner" with blue-blood friends – comes on the heels of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fairy­tale ser­vice in May.

But what may be a mix­ture of royal wed­ding over­load and scep­ti­cism about Eu­ge­nie's role in Bri­tain's pub­lic life stripped Fri­day's cer­e­mony of some of its charm.

The lines of peo­ple cov­ered in the Union Jack dur­ing Eu­ge­nie's pro­ces­sion through the heart of Wind­sor were far thin­ner than five months ago.

The cer­e­mony it­self fea­tured 850 guests and much of the morn­ing saw roy­alty and celebri­ties strolling up to Wind­sor and ar­rang­ing them­selves in its mag­nif­i­cent 14th-cen­tury chapel.

Celebri­ties in at­ten­dance in­cluded Bri­tish pop star Rob­bie Wil­liams and the US ac­tress Demi Moore.

HAPPY COU­PLE: Princess Eu­ge­nie of York mar­ries Jack Brooks­bank

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