Camilla misses Eu­ge­nie’s wed­ding and keeps prom­ise to chil­dren in­stead

The Herald - - NEWS - MARTIN WIL­LIAMS

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.

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