It’s Princess Eu­ge­nie’s turn in the spot­light

An­drew and Fergie’s daugh­ter will go lower-key in her nup­tials on Fri­day

USA TODAY International Edition - - LIFE - Maria Puente

Princess Eu­ge­nie of York is get­ting mar­ried Fri­day in St. Ge­orge’s Chapel at Wind­sor Cas­tle in front of her fam­ily and hun­dreds of guests, in­clud­ing celebri­ties, dressed in a cou­ture gown and wav­ing from a horse-drawn car­riage as trum­pets sound and red-coated cavalry march to and fro. Wait ... Didn’t this al­ready hap­pen? Not quite, but close. Call it Harry and Meghan lite. In May, Prince Harry mar­ried his Amer­i­can ac­tress girl­friend, Meghan Markle, in the same church, in the same cas­tle, with a cou­ture gown and a col­or­ful car­riage pro­ces­sion, plus a gospel choir, a Chicago preacher and march­ing sol­diers, all over­seen by Queen El­iz­a­beth II, grand­mother to Harry and Eu­ge­nie. But Harry, 34, is sixth in line to the throne as the son and brother of fu­ture kings, Prince Charles and Prince Wil­liam. Eu­ge­nie, 28, is one of Harry’s cousins; she is ninth in line. Thus, the pre-wed­ding hoopla for Eu­ge­nie is less noisy than it was for Harry; Amer­i­cans will have only one cable net­work cov­er­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties. (TLC’s live feed of the wed­ding will be­gin at 4:25 a.m. ET/tape-de­lay PT and will re­peat at 7:25 a.m. ET/PT.) Here’s what to know be­fore in­dulging in an­other royal wed­ding ex­trav­a­ganza:

Who is Princess Eu­ge­nie, and who is she mar­ry­ing?

She’s the younger daugh­ter of the queen’s sec­ond son, Prince An­drew, Duke of York, and his ex-wife, Sarah Fer­gu­son, Duchess of York, and the sis­ter of Princess Beatrice, 30. She’s mar­ry­ing her boyfriend of seven years, Jack Brooks­bank, 33, the com­moner son of an ac­coun­tant. He was the man­ager for a celebrity night­club fa­vored by young roy­als and is now the Eu­ro­pean man­ager for Ge­orge Clooney’s Casami­gos Te­quila brand.

What are the cer­e­mo­nial de­tails?

The wed­ding be­gins at 11 a.m. in Bri­tain, or 6 a.m. ET/ tape-de­lay PT. It will be in St. Ge­orge’s Chapel, the mini-cathe­dral at Wind­sor Cas­tle (seats about 800) where most roy­als who don’t have to in­vite thou­sands (such as Prince Wil­liam and Kate Mid­dle­ton in 2011) like to hold more in­ti­mate nup­tials.

What about af­ter the cer­e­mony?

The cer­e­mony will be fol­lowed by a car­riage pro­ces­sion through part of an­cient Wind­sor town in a shorter ver­sion of the car­riage pro­ces­sion Harry and Meghan had. Af­ter the pro­ces­sion, guests will at­tend a lunch hosted by the queen at the cas­tle, fol­lowed by an evening re­cep­tion hosted by Eu­ge­nie’s par­ents at Royal Lodge on the cas­tle es­tate. Royal Lodge is where Eu­ge­nie grew up and where her par­ents live, un­der the same roof but sep­a­rated.

Is there any fam­ily drama?

Meghan’s fa­ther, Thomas Markle Sr., fa­mously dithered un­til the last minute about whether he would show up for the wed­ding from his home in Baja Cal­i­for­nia; he didn’t, cit­ing un­ex­pected heart surgery. Eu­ge­nie’s par­ents are an un­usual cou­ple, given that they are still close and still ap­pear in pub­lic to­gether. Many ob­servers be­lieve they in­tend to re­marry some­day, even though they’ve been di­vorced since 1996. But Eu­ge­nie’s grand­fa­ther, Prince Philip, 97, who is still re­cov­er­ing from hip-re­place­ment surgery, isn’t fond of her mother, the ir­re­press­ible “Fergie.” Would Philip and Fergie be able to oc­cupy the same room dur­ing the wed­ding? Tabloid spec­u­la­tion has been fevered, but it ap­pears they will.

Who is in­vited?

Buck­ing­ham Palace isn’t say­ing, but it could be as many as 850 guests, ac­cord­ing to The Mail on Sun­day. But the royal cousins tend to run in the same cir­cles, so many guests also will have at­tended the Sus­sex wed­ding. That in­cludes David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham, El­ton John, Naomi Camp­bell, Kate Moss, Cara Delev­ingne, El­lie Gould­ing, James Blunt, and Amal and Ge­orge Clooney.

What de­signer will she wear?

The bet­ting is on Er­dem, but other English de­sign­ers are in the run­ning. Still, Eu­ge­nie ap­pears to fa­vor Er­dem. When they an­nounced their en­gage­ment in Jan­uary (just two months af­ter Harry and Meghan’s an­nounce­ment), the tra­di­tional royal en­gage­ment pho­tos were taken in the Pic­ture Gallery at Buck­ing­ham Palace. Eu­ge­nie wore an Er­dem dress and Jimmy Choo pumps and showed off her ring, a pad­parad­scha sap­phire (a pink­ish orange gem) sur­rounded by di­a­monds.


Princess Eu­ge­nie of York and fi­ance Jack Brooks­bank at­tended the 2017 wed­ding of Pippa Mid­dle­ton and James Matthews.


Princess Eu­ge­nie’s ring is a pad­parad­scha sap­phire and di­a­monds.

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