‘Gatsby’ smile that cap­tured princess’s heart

Chapel dressed in au­tumn colours for big day Prince Ge­orge and Princess Char­lotte in bridal party

Yorkshire Post - - ROYAL WEDDING - DAVID BEHRENS COUNTY COR­RE­SPON­DENT Email: david.behrens@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @york­shire­post

IT WAS Jack Brooks­bank’s smile that had cap­tured the heart of the young princess.

It re­minded her of Jay Gatsby, the mil­lion­aire hero of F Scott Fitzger­ald’s cau­tion­ary tale of deca­dence and ide­al­ism in Amer­ica’s roar­ing 1920s.

Nearly a cen­tury later af­ter they were com­posed, his words echoed around the chapel in­side Wind­sor Cas­tle.

“It was one of those rare smiles with a qual­ity of eter­nal re­as­sur­ance in it,” read the bride’s sis­ter, Princess Beatrice, a maid of hon­our.

It was seen by a few so­cial me­dia crit­ics as a cu­ri­ous choice, given the novel’s tragic fi­nale. It fell to the Dean of Wind­sor, David Con­ner, to ex­plain its sig­nif­i­cance to Princess Eu­ge­nie.

She had read The Great Gatsby soon af­ter meet­ing her fu­ture hus­band on the ski slopes of Ver­bier in Switzer­land, and thought im­me­di­ately of him.

“A few years have passed and Eu­ge­nie and Jack come here to­day to smile on each other, and to of­fer each other some­thing like ‘eter­nal re­as­sur­ance’ and the prom­ise of an ‘ir­re­sistible prej­u­dice’ in each other’s favour,” the Dean said, in his ad­dress.

The 15th cen­tury St Ge­orge’s Chapel had been dressed in au­tumn shades for Eu­ge­nie’s big day. Fo­liage and flow­er­ing branches, sourced lo­cally from Wind­sor Great Park, with roses, hy­drangeas, dahlias and berries, were draped around the church.

A hush fell over the chapel at about 10.30am and guests took their seats against the back­drop of mu­sic from the Royal Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra.

The bridal party’s gag­gle of young­sters in­cluded the fu­ture king Prince Ge­orge, Princess Char­lotte and Theodora, daugh­ter of the pop star Rob­bie Wil­liams.

Ge­orge held his hand over his ear as trum­peters lined out at the back of the chapel mo­ments be­fore Eu­ge­nie’s ar­rival.

The prince could be seen shuf­fling his feet on the car­pet be­neath him, while Char­lotte went up on her tip­toes at one point. She had taken a tum­ble as she ar­rived be­fore the cer­e­mony and Louis de Givenchy, one of the page boys, also strug­gled with the steps.

The group of chil­dren were star­tled and jumped when the trum­peters per­formed an ini­tial flurry, and at one stage, Ge­orge seemed to shake his legs and briefly bobbed up and down in time to the mu­sic.

The mother of the bride, Sarah, Duchess of York, in a vi­brant green out­fit, was seated in the row in front of her for­mer father-in­law, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh.

It is be­lieved to be the first time the pair have been pic­tured to­gether for 26 years, dur­ing which time Sarah has been cast out by the Roy­als. Judi James, an ex­pert in so­cial be­hav­iour, said: “She got quite the look from Philip – he smiled at her at least twice, al­most as if he had planned to greet her warmly. That was quite a big step for the Duke of Ed­in­burgh.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, nor­mally re­served when it comes to pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion, were seen hold­ing hands in their pew, while out­side, Eu­ge­nie shared two shy kisses with her new hus­band.

On the West Steps of St Ge­orge’s Chapel, dec­o­rated with more au­tumn flow­ers and lined with Gre­nadier Guards in their bearskins, the new­ly­weds beamed with de­light and waved to on­look­ers. Com­ment: Page 16.

It was one of those rare smiles with a qual­ity of eter­nal re­as­sur­ance. Quote from The Great Gatsby, which Eu­ge­nie said re­minded her of Jack Brooks­bank. “She has the abil­ity to do a mil­lion things at once in her brain, in­clud­ing work­ing as well as or­gan­is­ing ev­ery­thing to do with the wed­ding.” – Jack Brooks­bank on his new bride, Princess Eu­ge­nie.

“I’m led to be­lieve that the train is quite wide, so I’ve got to walk on the left of the car­pet to make sure she can get down the mid­dle. That’s a les­son I got from my wed­ding when my father-in-law walked down the mid­dle and Sarah said: ‘Get over to the other side’.” – Father of the bride, the Duke of York.

“Eu­ge­nie is a chip off the old block. She’s a lit­tle like her father. She’s quite de­ci­sive, but she’s got a huge heart and Jack is an ex­tra­or­di­nary young man, one of the kind­est hearts I think I know. I think he’s met his match with Eu­ge­nie. It’s a good match to­gether, but it’s won­der­ful watch­ing them in­ter­act to­gether, be­cause it’s al­most as if they’re a mar­ried cou­ple now. I have huge hopes and I’m sure they will be mas­sively in love for the rest of their lives and I’m in­cred­i­bly proud of both of them.” – Father of the bride, the Duke of York. “You could tell the ten­sion as soon as the Duchess [of York] ar­rived in the church. As soon as she walked in she pulled her arms into her side and put her head down. It was al­most like the sort of be­hav­iour you see at the party when some­body you don’t want to see walks in.” – Judi James, an ex­pert in so­cial be­hav­iour, on the body lan­guage of the bride’s mother and her for­mer father-in-law, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh.

“I got the feel­ing the cake was some­thing they were very ex­cited about.” – So­phie Cabot, de­signer of the Royal wed­ding cake.

“The Queen very firmly said, ‘St Ge­orge’s is where you are go­ing to have the wed­ding.’ So I said: ‘Aye, aye ma’am’, turn to the right, salute and carry on.” – Father of the bride, the Duke of York.

“Jack’s the kind of guy, when you’re lost at a party and you can’t find any­one to talk to, and you start pan­ick­ing and you need help, he’ll walk in and make ev­ery­one feel so spe­cial. He’ll scoop you up and talk to you and make you feel a mil­lion dollars.” – Princess Eu­ge­nie, asked to de­scribe her new hus­band in a few words.


ROYAL PAGEANT: Clock­wise from top, Princess Eu­ge­nie and Jack Brooks­bank walk down the aisle at St Ge­orge’s Chapel in Wind­sor Cas­tle fol­low­ing their wed­ding; the cer­e­mony was at­tended by the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh; Princess Char­lotte and Prince Ge­orge were among the bridal party; Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princess Beatrice wave to newly mar­ried cou­ple.

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