Eu­ge­nie & Jack

A cel­e­bra­tion

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - ROYAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT Han­nah Furness

The build-up had been all about the Royal fam­ily and its guest list: who was in, who was out, and how could they pull off a sec­ond wed­ding in the spec­tac­u­lar style the Bri­tish pub­lic has be­come ac­cus­tomed to? The day it­self brought a dra­matic gown, a wind wild enough to knock small brides­maids off their feet and an as­sort­ment of celebri­ties.

But from the mo­ment Princess Eu­ge­nie stepped out of her car, burst­ing with the an­tic­i­pa­tion, it all seemed rather sim­ple: a fam­ily wed­ding, on their terms, in which love won the day. From the Princess’s dress, de­signed to show the faint sil­very scar of a life-chang­ing child­hood op­er­a­tion, to the fond fam­ily speeches, the stead­fast young cou­ple were the pic­ture of un­showy de­vo­tion.

The groom told the bride she looked “per­fect” and the Princess stead­ied his hand as he strug­gled to fit the ring on her fin­ger, their easy ex­changes sug­gest­ing a re­la­tion­ship with firm foun­da­tions.

As the damp Oc­to­ber day dawned, vis­i­tors lined the streets and tick­ethold­ers picked up Jack and Eu­ge­nie-themed goody bags in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Guests ar­rived in stages, as friends were more than matched by celebri­ties in a line-up that left on­look­ers won­der­ing at how the cou­ple came to know such a di­verse range of ac­tors, su­per­mod­els and singers. The Queen

It seems time has gone so quickly since we were here THE DUCHESS OF SUS­SEX TO THE PRINCESS ROYAL

was joined in the chapel by Naomi Camp­bell and Kate Moss, Liv Tyler and Demi Moore, Tracey Emin, Stephen Fry, Ricky Martin and count­less more be­sides. As they took their seats, the Duchess of York, ab­sent from the Royal fam­ily’s of­fi­cial events since her di­vorce, made a re­turn to the fold, ar­riv­ing at the chapel with Princess Beatrice to watch on proudly.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh, at 97, was in his right­ful place next to the Queen to cel­e­brate the wed­ding of their grand­daugh­ter, pleas­ing royal ad­mir­ers who have rel­ished each of his rare ap­pear­ances since his retirement.

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex re­turned to the chapel for the first time since their own wed­ding in May, with the Duchess telling the Princess Royal: “It seems time has gone so quickly since we were here.” The Cam­bridges, who left Prince Louis at

home and watched from afar as Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte joined the bridal party, seemed taken with the ro­man­tic at­mos­phere, hold­ing hands as they waited for the bride and groom to ar­rive.

At 10.35am, Jack Brooks­bank ar­rived. Ner­vously wip­ing his palms on his trousers as he stepped out of his car, he was of­fered emo­tional sup­port by his brother and best man, Thomas.

Ap­pear­ing to have vis­i­bly shak­ing hands, the ge­nial groom at one point told his wing­man, “oh stop it, I am fine,” as they waited at the or­gan screen.

As ever at these oc­ca­sions, there was time for the small­est mem­bers of the fam­ily to steal the show.

In high winds, the six young brides­maids and two page boys nav­i­gated the steps of St Ge­orge’s Chapel with Princess Char­lotte and six-year-old Louis de Givenchy tak­ing a tum­ble. They re­cov­ered quickly with a help­ing hand from Lady Louise Mount­bat­ten-wind­sor, 14, who shep­herded the chil­dren in her role as spe­cial at­ten­dant.

As the trum­pets sounded, the chil­dren, in­clud­ing Prince Ge­orge, Maud Wind­sor, Mia Tin­dall, Sa­van­nah and Isla Phillips, and Teddy Wil­liams, the daugh­ter of singer Rob­bie Wil­liams, cov­ered their ears and pre­tended to play along, be­fore fall­ing into line to get down to the se­ri­ous busi­ness.

At 11am, Princess Eu­ge­nie, who ar­rived with her father, beamed as she stepped from the 1977 Rolls-royce Phan­tom VI, the same wed­ding car used by the Duchess of Cam­bridge.

Her Pe­ter Pilotto dress was de­signed in par­tic­u­lar to dis­play her faint scar, a line down the cen­tre of her spine from an op­er­a­tion aged 12 for her sco­l­io­sis. She said she had wanted to “stand up for” other young peo­ple who may feel self-con­scious about their own scars, and “change the way beauty is”.

Her groom cer­tainly agreed. “You look per­fect,” he told her, tak­ing off his glasses as she reached him.

The Dean of Wind­sor, lead­ing the ser­vice, be­gan the cer­e­mony at the chapel’s or­gan screen, al­low­ing the guests in the nave to see the bride and groom be­fore mov­ing through into the quire where 30 mem­bers of the Royal fam­ily, and 24 Brooks­banks, waited.

At the al­tar, as they lis­tened to prayers, sung hymns and said their vows, Princess Eu­ge­nie and Mr Brooks­bank clutched hands so tightly their fin­gers turned white.

A calm Eu­ge­nie seemed to re­as­sure her groom, who gave her a small fist pump of re­lief when the for­mal­i­ties were over. Princess Beatrice, who has spo­ken of her dys­lexia, car­ried off a confident read­ing of a pas­sage from

The Great Gatsby, cho­sen by the bride, which re­minded her of Jack shortly af­ter they met, de­spite the flaws of its pro­tag­o­nist.

On the steps out­side there was the kiss. And with that, the York fam­ily swung into ac­tion: the Duke lift­ing his daugh­ter’s long train into the Scot­tish State Coach, while the Duchess fielded ques­tions from cu­ri­ous brides­maid Teddy Wil­liams.

Told that no, she was not the Queen, the six-year-old per­sisted. “Are you a Princess?” In a rush, the Duchess agreed that yes, per­haps she was.

Af­ter a short car­riage ride through Wind­sor, the cou­ple re­tired to their af­ter­noon re­cep­tion at the cas­tle for Pol Roger, risotto and hors d’oeu­vres.

In his speech, which he said he had not pre­pared, the Duke of York joked that he would break pro­to­col to pub­licly hug his new son-in-law, re­gal­ing guests with the tale of how the groom mis­took him­self for the fam­ily dog. He had once, he said, shouted at the dog – also named Jack – to get off a chair, only to be star­tled to find Mr Brooks­bank leap to his feet.

In an emo­tional speech, Mr Brooks­bank told how his new wife “lights up my life” and “makes me whole”. As the first round of fes­tiv­i­ties came to a close, the new­ly­weds made a dra­matic de­par­ture in a wait­ing As­ton Martin DB10 – made for the James Bond film Spec­tre – as they were whisked off to be­gin their new lives.

And with the sun set­ting, the cou­ple left for a two-day party at Royal Lodge. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Francesca Mar­shall, Izzy Lyons, Co­ran El­liott and Pa­trick Sawer

‘She lights up my life and makes me whole’ JACK BROOKS­BANK

Yes­ter­day, Princess Eu­ge­nie was mar­ried in a wed­ding dress with a V-shaped dip at the back that showed the scars left by child­hood surgery. Her groom, Mr Jack Brooks­bank, whis­pered: “You look per­fect.” And she did.

This was a royal wed­ding on dis­play to the world, but it felt like an in­spired fam­ily af­fair, too – from a pretty tiara that be­longed to the Queen Mother to the ar­rival of Sarah, Duchess of York, in bright green, who ran over to well-wish­ers to say hello. The wind blew might­ily; An­drea Bo­celli sang. And, in­trigu­ingly, Princess Beatrice, the bride’s sis­ter, read a pas­sage from The Great Gatsby about a smile of “eter­nal re­as­sur­ance”. Per­haps this was the smile Mr Brooks­bank gave at the al­tar, com­mon among new­ly­weds, that seems to say: “Don’t worry, I’m as ner­vous as you.”

Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank take their first steps as a mar­ried cou­ple at St Ge­orge’s Chapel in Wind­sor Cas­tle, watched by the Royal fam­ily, right The bride­groom, above right, ap­pears to wipe away a tear; above far right, Mr Brooks­bank’s par­ents, Ni­cola and Ge­orge; the Princess de­cided to wear a dress that showed her scar from back surgery, above; and, right, the cou­ple leave for their car­riage ride through Wind­sor

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