EU­GE­NIE’S BIG DAY

THE ROYAL WED­DING

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - ELLEN WHINNETT

PRINCESS Eu­ge­nie was mar­ried in a stun­ning and emo­tional cer­e­mony at Wind­sor Cas­tle yes­ter­day as she tied the knot with fiance Jack Brooks­bank be­fore 800 ec­static guests.

Bar­ing her shoul­ders in a heav­ily sculp­tured gown with a deep-V back­line, Eu­ge­nie used her walk down the aisle as a mo­ment to show off her child­hood bat­tle with sco­l­io­sis and her pa­tron­age motto: “It’s OK to show your scars.”

She wore a lay­ered white wed­ding gown and the stun­ning emer­ald Kokoshnik tiara, loaned to her by the Queen.

Peter Pilotto and Chris- to­pher De Vos were asked to craft the cou­ture bridal gown, of silk jacquard, to make a fea­ture of her sco­l­io­sis scars, from back surgery at the age of 12. She now lives with two steel rods sup­port­ing her spine.

The bride ar­rived with her father Prince An­drew in a cream 1977 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom VI, the same car Cather­ine Mid­dle­ton trav­elled in to her wed­ding to Prince Wil­liam in 2011.

Eu­ge­nie’s mother Sarah Fer­gu­son, the Duchess of York, trav­elled with her older daugh­ter and maid of hon­our Princess Beatrice, her ar­rival sig­nalling her re­turn to the heart of the royal fam­ily — at least tem­po­rar­ily.

Wear­ing a green dress by As­cot dress­mak­ing firm Ella Louise De­sign and wear­ing a Jess Col­lett hat, Sarah bounded out of her car with a huge smile on her face be­fore walk­ing up the steps into the chapel. Beatrice was wear­ing a deep blue dress by Aus­tralian de­sign­ers Ralph & Russo and a head­band by Sarah Cant Millinery.

The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Wil­liam and his wife Cather­ine, and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan — who mar­ried at the same chapel five months ago — were among the guests in­side St Ge­orge’s, which was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated in stun­ning au­tum­nal colours of pink, pur­ple, or­ange and deep reds.

Other roy­als in­cluded Prince Ed­ward and his wife So­phie, Princess Anne and her hus­band Sir Tim Lau­rence, and Zara and Mike Tin­dall.

The Queen and Prince Philip ar­rived to­gether, the Queen wear­ing ice blue and peach from her favourite de­signer and dresser An­gela Kelly.

The gor­geous, gig­gling group of brides­maids and page boys al­most man­aged to steal the show. Bat­tling the wind, the lit­tle ones walked ex­cit­edly up the front steps where sixyear-old Louis de Givenchy fell over due to the strong gusts — and Princess Char­lotte, 3, also had a lit­tle stum­ble.

The tiny brides­maids wore adorable white dresses with

large green, pat­terned bows tied at the waist. They each had white flow­ers in their hair and white stock­ings and shoes.

The page boys donned white shirts with navy, vel­vet pants and the same green fabric as a sash.

Char­lotte was seen wav­ing to crowds from the wed­ding car.

The celebrity-packed wed­ding at­tracted guests in­cluded mod­els Kate Moss, Cara Delev­ingne and Naomi Camp­bell, Aus­tralian pop star Holly Valance, Prince Harry’s ex-girl­friend Chelsy Davy and movie stars Demi Moore and Liv Tyler.

Speaking in a pre­re­corded in­ter­view, Prince An­drew said of his daugh­ter and son-in-law: “I’m sure they will be mas­sively in love for the rest of their lives.’’

Sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple lined Wind­sor High Street out­side the 1000-year-old cas­tle as the cou­ple em­barked on a car­riage-ride through the streets, wav­ing to the crowds who had shrugged off fierce winds and freez­ing con­di­tions to wel­come them to mar­ried life.

Storms over Wind­sor overnight had kept crowds down, but there was still a party at­mos­phere around the mar­ket town.

There were peo­ple dressed in Union Jack waist­coats, hats and glasses, and wav­ing bot­tles of sparkling wine printed with pic­tures of Eu­ge­nie and Jack.

The grounds of the cas­tle opened at 5am and the 1200 peo­ple who won a bal­lot spot to watch the event from in­side the grounds filed in, along with mem­bers of char­i­ties sup­ported by Princess Eu­ge­nie.

Pop su­per­star Rob­bie Wil­liams — whose daugh­ter was a bridesmaid — was among those who turned out to see the ninth-in-line to the throne say “I will” to her boyfriend of eight years, a former night­club man­ager turned wine mer­chant. Beatrice read from The

Great Gatsby, choos­ing the pas­sage known as Gatsby’s Smile as Eu­ge­nie had felt it re­minded her of Jack, just af­ter they met.

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