Princess Eugenie marries in grand royal wedding
Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on Friday in front of celebrities and Britain’s senior royals including Prince Harry and wife Meghan, who wed at the same venue in May.
Eugenie, 28, younger daughter of the Queen’s third child, Prince Andrew, and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Mr. Brooksbank, 32, in a traditional ceremony in the castle’s 15th-century St. George’s Chapel.
It was the same setting as Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as the couple are now known, were among the star-studded congregation.
The 92-year-old Queen and her husband, Philip, 97, who has retired from official engagements, were joined by other royals and celebrities including Hollywood stars Liv Tyler and Demi Moore, models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and singer Ellie Goulding.
The couple, while showing clear signs on nerves, beamed happily during the hour-long service.
Several hundred singing and cheering well-wishers gathered outside in Windsor in the shadow of the castle, far fewer than the thousands that crammed into the town for Harry’s wedding.
One noticeable absentee was Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, as she was carrying out an engagement in Scotland.
Princess Charlotte, 3, daughter of Harry’s elder brother Prince William and his wife, Kate, was a bridesmaid, and her brother, Prince George, 5, a page boy.
After the service, the couple took an open-top horsedrawn carriage tour of Windsor before a reception at the castle, hosted by the Queen.
Eugenie is a director at London’s Hauser & Wirth art gallery, and Mr. Brooksbank owns a wine wholesale business and is European brand manager for Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by U.S. actor George Clooney.
Security around Windsor was tight, with airport-style security checks and large numbers of police. As Eugenie does not carry out official royal duties, republicans have said it is wrong that the estimated £2-million ($3.4-million) security bill will be paid by taxpayers.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave the chapel after their wedding at Windsor Castle on Friday.