Princess Eu­ge­nie proudly shows her child­hood spinal scar in trib­ute to NHS staff who per­formed life-chang­ing op­er­a­tion

Daily Express - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Palmer Royal Correspondent

PRINCESS Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank sealed their mar­riage with two shy kisses at Wind­sor Cas­tle yes­ter­day.

Be­fore 800 guests, in­clud­ing the Queen, at least 40 mem­bers of the Royal Fam­ily, many celebri­ties and two mil­lion tele­vi­sion view­ers, the proud but bash­ful groom told his blush­ing bride: “You look per­fect.”

Eu­ge­nie, 28, who is ninth in line to the throne but does not carry out of­fi­cial royal engagements, wed Jack, a 32-year-old brand man­ager for a tequila firm, in the sec­ond royal wed­ding of the year in St Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Eu­ge­nie, in a wed­ding dress de­signed by Bri­tish-based duo Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher de Vos and worth an es­ti­mated £50,000, bor­rowed a tiara from the Queen for her big day.

The bride wore the Gre­ville Emer­ald Kokoshnik Tiara, a rarely seen trea­sure cre­ated in the Rus­sian im­pe­rial style by the jew­ellers Boucheron in 1919 for Bri­tish so­ci­ety host­ess Mar­garet Gre­ville, who be­queathed many of her mag­nif­i­cent jew­els to the late Queen Mother in 1942.

The tiara fea­tures a 93.7 carat emer­ald and di­a­monds and five other emer­alds.


In­side the Gothic 15th-cen­tury chapel the groom, who has been dat­ing Eu­ge­nie for seven years, told his bride when he saw her in her fin­ery: “Oh, break my heart”, ac­cord­ing to lip reader Tina Lan­nin.

Eu­ge­nie, try­ing to put him at ease dur­ing Bi­ble read­ings, asked him as he played ner­vously with his fin­gers: “Why aren’t you hold­ing my hand?”, prompt­ing him to read­just her ring.

It was she who took the lead as they emerged on the steps out­side the chapel’s West Door, say­ing to him: “Let’s kiss.”

Dur­ing the ser­vice Eu­ge­nie’s sis­ter Princess Beatrice, the maid of hon­our, read an ex­tract from F Scott Fitzger­ald’s novel The Great Gatsby, de­scrib­ing Jay Gatsby’s charm­ing smile.

There had been crit­i­cism of the es­ti­mated £2mil­lion se­cu­rity cost to the tax­payer of polic­ing yes­ter­day’s event but this did not de­tract from the joy­ful oc­ca­sion.

In his ad­dress, the Dean of Wind­sor, the Rt Rev David Con­ner, who of­fi­ci­ated at the cer­e­mony, told the con­gre­ga­tion how the pas­sage had re­minded Eu­ge­nie of Jack soon af­ter she met him. “She de­cided that she wanted even­tu­ally to let Jack know how much those words had brought him to mind,” he said. “That is why they have a spe­cial place (as the sec­ond read­ing) in to­day’s wed­ding ser­vice.”

Watch­ing the cer­e­mony in­side the chapel were other se­nior roy­als in­clud­ing the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex.

The guests were seated in col­le­giate style, fac­ing each side of the chapel in­stead of the al­tar.

Celebri­ties there in­cluded Hol­ly­wood ac­tresses Liv Tyler and Demi Moore, su­per­mod­els Kate Moss and Naomi Camp­bell, singers Ricky Martin, El­lie Gould­ing and James Blunt, ac­tor Stephen Fry and artist Tracey Emin, as well as pop star Rob­bie Wil­liams with his ac­tress wife Ayda Field.

Wil­liams’s six-year-old daugh­ter Teddy had a star­ring role as a bridesmaid along­side three-yearold Princess Char­lotte, who waved and blew kisses to the crowd.

Five-year-old Prince Ge­orge was joined as a page­boy by six-year-old banker’s son Louis de Givenchy. Af­ter the cer­e­mony, out­side the West Door, which was dec­o­rated with masses of au­tumn flow­ers and lined with Gre­nadier Guards, the newly mar­ried cou­ple set off for a short car­riage ride through the cen­tre of Wind­sor.

Noth­ing to hide... Eu­ge­nie re­quested a low back on her wed­ding dress to show her scar

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