Camilla misses Eugenie’s wedding and keeps promise to children instead
IT was the second royal wedding of 2018 – but one family member was conspicuous by her absence.
While her husband Prince Charles joined the Queen, Prince Philip and other relatives to watch Princess Eugenie marry Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was 500 miles away visiting a Scottish school which has just nine pupils.
Camilla refused to break a promise to the children of Crathie Primary in Aberdeenshire, as stars from singers to supermodels attended yesterday’s wedding.
And, braving some of Storm Callum’s worst weather, she was determined to visit the tiny school, which is located near the royal residence of Balmoral.
Camilla arrived at Crathie Primary just before 11am – around the time Eugenie and her father, the Duke of York, arrived at St George’s Chapel. She was then given a tour by 11-year-old Logan Beedie and Zara Jones, 10.
They showed her project work they had been doing on the Cairngorms and introduced her to a host of stuffed animals given to the school.
And as Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank exchanged vows, Camilla was shown a Scottish wildcat and shared her love of nature with the pupils.
She said she had never seen a capercaillie, but had been fortunate to see some golden eagles, telling the children: “They’re wonderful creatures – they’re so big. When they have their wings out they’re huge.”
The duchess said nearby Lochnagar was a “special place” and told how she enjoyed cross-country skiing “because you can go for miles and miles, but it’s very hard work”.
Camilla later visited a new heritage centre named in honour of her husband.
She also watched a performance of
Highland dancing by 24-year-old Rachael Walker from Fettercairn, Aberdeenshire.
Meanwhile, at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s grand-daughter and Mr Brooksbank, a tequila brand ambassador, were married in front of a star-studded congregation of more than 800 people. Watching alongside the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles were dozens of members of the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Among the celebrity guests were 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. Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field also attended.
There were cheers as the newly-weds kissed twice on the West Steps of St George’s Chapel, which were decorated with masses of autumn flowers and lined with Grenadier Guards in their red tunics and bearskin hats.
The couple left the chapel in the covered horse-drawn Scottish State Coach for their short carriage ride through the town where well-wishers had gathered. Emma Mccarthy, 46, of Swindon, said of Eugenie: “She looked absolutely beautiful and very, very happy.”
After their reception in Windsor Castle, the groom drove Eugenie away in a silver DB10 Aston Martin car. They were heading to the York family home Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the evening celebrations.
Singer Ellie Goulding waves to the waiting crowd as she leaves the wedding ceremony. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were on pageboy and bridesmaid duties. Princess Eugenie walks down the aisle with her father, the Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive.
Left: Sarah, Duchess of York, arrives for her daughter’s wedding. Main: The happy couple on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The Duchess of Cornwall with the children at Crathie Primary School in Aberdeenshire yesterday.