Friends and stars ensure big turnout at ceremony
IT WAS the second Royal wedding in five months, but despite the chill autumn wind that blew through Windsor and the relative absence of transatlantic television crews, the father of the bride was determined that it would be no sideshow.
There were, said the Duke of York, more guests than when Harry and Meghan tied the knot in May, because Princess Eugenie “has so many friends”.
He told Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on ITV: “It will not be the same as the previous one. It’s not a public wedding. This is meant to be a family wedding.”
But he added: “There will be a few more people than most people have. There are a few more than Harry had. But that’s just the nature of Eugenie and Jack.
“They have got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in.”
Some 800 guests – 200 more than in May – were inside the chapel yesterday. Its layout had been altered to accommodate the bigger crowd.
Chairs were lined out facing into the aisle, with the model Kate Moss taking her seat on the front row. She was joined by her partner, Count Nikolai von Bismarck. Ms Moss wore a delicate monochrome polka dot outfit, while her fellow model, Naomi Campbell was in a textured black kneelength dress with white detailing.
Those with trouble finding their seats were helped along with name tags placed on each chair, a formality missing at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Taking his place in the second row was the comedian Jimmy Carr, who on arrival fiddled with his cufflinks.
A few seats down from him was the singer Ricky Martin, next to his partner Jwan Yosef.
On the other side of the aisle, the pop star Ellie Goulding and her fiance Caspar Jopling sat next to one another.
Front row guests in the nave included the broadcaster Stephen Fry, singer James Blunt, and the artist Tracey Emin who chatted to a friend in the aisle ahead of the bride’s arrival.
Members of the Royal Family arrived in a group, with Zara and Mike Tindall among them.
The Duchess of Sussex, who arrived with Prince Harry, wore a navy dress and coat by Givenchy and a hat by Noel Stewart.
Harry’s old flame Chelsy Davy was also at the lavish ceremony, dressed in navy. She arrived with Lady Melissa Percy, the Northumberland heiress, who chose a striking powder blue flared catsuit-style outfit.