Princess Eu­ge­nie shows off back scar in Peter Pilotto wed­ding dress

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ol­ly­wood stars joined Queen El­iz­a­beth and her fam­ily for Bri­tain’s sec­ond ma­jor royal wed­ding this year, as the monarch’s grand­daugh­ter Princess Eu­ge­nie mar­ried wine mer­chant Jack Brooks­bank. Eu­ge­nie, 28, daugh­ter of the queen’s third child, Prince An­drew and his ex-wife Sarah Fer­gu­son, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Brooks­bank, 32, in a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony at Wind­sor Cas­tle’s 15th Cen­tury St George’s Chapel.

It was the same set­ting as the lav­ish wed­ding in May of Prince Harry and his Amer­i­can ac­tress wife Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, as the cou­ple are now known, were among Fri­day’s con­gre­ga­tion. Eu­ge­nie’s nup­tials had much of the same pomp and pageantry as Harry’s, but the grandeur for a “mi­nor royal” at­tracted some crit­i­cism.

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 singers El­lie Gould­ing and Rob­bie Wil­liams. Fe­male guests had to cling on to their hats as a blus­tery wind threat­ened their wed­ding out­fits.

Eu­ge­nie’s dress, by Peter Pilotto and Christo­pher De Vos of Lon­don-based la­bel Peter Pilotto, had a low back to re­veal scars from surgery the princess un­der­went to cor­rect sco­l­io­sis when she was 12. “It’s a lovely way to honor the peo­ple who looked af­ter me and a way of stand­ing up for young peo­ple who also go through this,” she told ITV’s “This Morn­ing” ahead of the wed­ding. The cou­ple showed clear signs on nerves but beamed hap­pily dur­ing the hour-long ser­vice.

“This is meant to be a fam­ily wed­ding,” Eu­ge­nie’s fa­ther An­drew said ear­lier. “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’ve got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in,” he told “This Morn­ing” which broad­cast the event live. Sev­eral hun­dred singing and cheer­ing well-wish­ers gath­ered out­side in the shadow of the cas­tle, far fewer than the tens of thou­sands that crammed into Wind­sor for Harry’s wed­ding.

“A way of stand­ing up for young peo­ple”

The Great Gatsby

Ital­ian tenor An­drea Bo­celli per­formed dur­ing the ser­vice led by the Dean of Wind­sor David Con­ner. Eu­ge­nie’s el­der sis­ter Princess Beatrice, the maid of honor, read a pas­sage from the “The Great Gatsby” de­scrib­ing the smile of the ti­tle char­ac­ter, a rich man famed for throw­ing par­ties for the 1920s New York glit­terati. The bride had read the F. Scott Fitzger­ald novel shortly af­ter meet­ing Brooks­bank in the Swiss ski re­sort of Ver­bier in 2010 and it had re­minded her of her fu­ture hus­band.

“She de­cided she wanted even­tu­ally to let Jack know how much those words had brought him to mind,” Con­ner said. 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. 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.

Af­ter the ser­vice, the cou­ple took a horse-drawn 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 Brooks­bank owns a wine whole­sale busi­ness and is Eu­ro­pean brand man­ager for Casami­gos Tequila, which was co-founded by US ac­tor George Clooney. Se­cu­rity around Wind­sor was tight, with air­port-style checks and a heavy po­lice pres­ence.

Eu­ge­nie does not carry out of­fi­cial royal du­ties and repub­li­cans said it is wrong that the es­ti­mated 2 mil­lion pound se­cu­rity bill will be paid by tax­pay­ers. “Clearly, a line has been crossed to­day,” op­po­si­tion La­bor law­maker Emma Dent Coad wrote in the Mir­ror news­pa­per, say­ing even usu­ally pro-monar­chist pa­pers had crit­i­cized the pub­lic fund­ing of the wed­ding “of a mi­nor mem­ber of the royal fam­ily”. “What­ever our thoughts about the long-term ex­is­tence of the monar­chy, we should know what it costs us,” she wrote. “I’m ask­ing for a de­bate, not a rev­o­lu­tion. And it’s well over­due.”—Reuters

Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie of York, cen­ter, walks up the aisle to marry Jack Brooks­bank.

Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie of York, left, walks up the aisle with her fa­ther Bri­tain’s Prince An­drew, Duke of York.—AFP

The brides­maids and page boys, in­clud­ing Prince George of Cam­bridge, cen­ter right, and Princess Char­lotte of Cam­bridge, left.

Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie of York is helped into an As­ton Martin DB10 by her sis­ter Bri­tain’s Princess Beatrice of York.

Dean of Wind­sor, David Con­ner, left, pre­sides over the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

The groom Jack Brooks­bank places a wed­ding band on the finger of his bride, Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie of York.

Bri­tain’s Queen El­iz­a­beth II, left, and Bri­tain’s Prince Philip, Duke of Ed­in­burgh.

The scar on the back of Bri­tain’s Princess Eu­ge­nie of York is clearly vis­i­ble as she ar­rives for her wed­ding.

Bri­tain’s Prince Ed­ward, Duke of Kent, left, and Bri­tain’s Bir­gitte, Duchess of Glouces­ter.

Bri­tish model Cara Delev­ingne, cen­ter, ar­rives with her brother-in-law James Cook, left, and US jour­nal­ist Derek Blas­berg.

Guests at­tend the wed­ding cer­e­mony.

Bri­tain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sus­sex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sus­sex

The wed­ding cake cre­ated by baker So­phie Cabot.

Bri­tain’s Princess Beatrice of York

Lord Fred­er­ick Wind­sor and his wife So­phie Win­kle­man

Sarah, Duchess of York.

Pipers from the 2nd Bat­tal­ion the Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land per­form on the roof of Garter Tower.

Brides­maid Theodora Wil­liams, daugh­ter of Rob­bie Wil­liams and Ayda Field.

Pippa Matthews

Par­ents of the groom Ni­cola and George Brooks­bank.

Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam, Duke of Cam­bridge, left, and Bri­tain’s Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge.

US ac­tress Liv Tyler (R) and her part­ner Dave Gard­ner

Singer El­lie Gould­ing, left

US ac­tress Demi Moore

Model Naomi Camp­bell

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