Wed­ding princess’s Euge grin

Mar­riage of Princess Eu­ge­nie and beau Jack went like a breeze

Daily Record - - FRONT PAGE - BY RUS­SELL MY­ERS Royal Cor­re­spon­dent

LOVE was not the only thing in the air yes­ter­day as Princess Eu­ge­nie tied the knot at Wind­sor Cas­tle, in front of a host of roy­als and VIPs.

The Queen’s grand­daugh­ter, 28, mar­ried Jack Brooks­bank on a sunny but blus­tery day, which left guests hold­ing on to their hats and dresses.

Eu­ge­nie, younger daugh­ter of Prince An­drew and Sarah Fer­gu­son, wed drinks in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tive Jack, 32, in the 15th cen­tury St Ge­orge’s Chapel.

It was the same spec­tac­u­lar venue cho­sen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their wed­ding in May, when 100,000 royal fans flocked to Wind­sor and more than two bil­lion peo­ple watched the cer­e­mony on TV.

But it was a dif­fer­ent af­fair for the town’s sec­ond royal wed­ding of the year. Just three peo­ple camped in the street overnight. They were later joined by around 3000 loyal royal watch­ers, who lined the high street.

The wed­ding had been the sub­ject of con­tro­versy in re­cent weeks af­ter it was re­vealed tax­pay­ers will be left with a bill of around £2.25mil­lion for polic­ing and stag­ing the event.

But no ex­pense had been spared on the big day for the ninth in line to the throne and her beau.

Eu­ge­nie’s de­signer wed­ding dress was ru­moured to cost more than £150,000, while flo­ral de­signer Rob Van Helden decked out the chapel and grounds in a spec­tac­u­lar sea­sonal dis­play.

The cou­ple en­joyed sev­eral rounds of cel­e­bra­tions, with an af­ter­noon re­cep­tion for their 800 guests at the cas­tle’s St Ge­orge’s Hall, fol­lowed by a black-tie do last night for 200 “close fam­ily and friends” at the Duke of York’s Royal Lodge.

To­day, they will en­ter­tain 200 guests again for a fes­ti­val-themed day in the cas­tle grounds.

The Queen, 92, and Prince Philip, 97, cel­e­brated their grand­daugh­ter’s big day with around 40 other roy­als plus a host of A-list celebri­ties. Prince Charles at­tended alone af­ter Camilla, Duchess of Corn­wall, chose to stand by a long-term en­gage­ment to visit a pri­mary school 530 miles away.

Prince William and Kate’s el­dest two chil­dren Prince Ge­orge, five, and Princess Char­lotte, three, had star­ring roles among the page­boys and brides­maids, as did singer Rob­bie Wil­liams’ daugh­ter Theodora, six.

Kate was among guests for whom the weather played havoc, laugh­ing as she fought to hold her dress down in the wind.

Eu­ge­nie’s mum Sarah, Duchess of York, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally hugged fam­ily friend Jessie Hu­berty, in the crowds, on ar­rival at the chapel.

Though Prince Philip is ru­moured to have never for­given Fergie for the scan­dal caused by her “toe suck­ing” in­ci­dent with fi­nan­cial ad­viser John Bryan in 1992, the at­mos­phere in­side the chapel was far from frosty. Fergie was seen breath­ing a huge sigh of ap­par­ent re­lief af­ter the cer­e­mony which went off with­out a hitch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge also gave a rare pub­lic dis­play of af­fec­tion, hold­ing hands as they sat in the pews. Kate was spot­ted rest­ing her hand on her

hus­band’s knee as he read over the or­der of ser­vice.

The Duchess of Sus­sex also caught the at­ten­tion of some ea­gleeyed ob­servers who mused whether she might be hid­ing a baby bump un­der her jacket.

Brides­maid Princess Char­lotte even took a tum­ble as she ar­rived, and page boy Louis de Givenchy also stum­bled as he en­tered the church.

Ac­com­pa­nied by brother Ge­orge act­ing as page boy, Char­lotte en­thu­si­as­ti­cally waved to the ador­ing crowds as they ap­proached the chapel.

Ge­orge held his hand over his ear as trum­peters lined out at the back of the chapel to her­ald the ar­rival of Eu­ge­nie.

The cer­e­mony, broad­cast live on ITV’s This Morn­ing pro­gramme af­ter the BBC turned it down, in­cluded two songs by opera star An­drea Bo­celli, per­for­mances from the Royal Phil­har­monic Orches­tra a fan­fare by state trum­peters and mu­sic from Scot­tish pipers.

Early fig­ures in­di­cated it was watched by two mil­lion peo­ple.

About 1200 mem­bers of the pub­lic joined in the cel­e­bra­tions af­ter win­ning a bal­lot for tick­ets to be in the cas­tle’s Lower Ward.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony Eu­ge­nie and Jack opted to take a car­riage ride, us­ing a glass Scot­tish State Coach in­stead of an open-topped ver­sion due to the blus­tery con­di­tions, which caused se­cu­rity costs to rocket.

Wind­sor and Maiden­head coun­cil also bud­geted to spend £250,000 on stew­ard­ing, bar­ri­ers and toi­lets, likely to be re­im­bursed from tax­payer funds.

A pe­ti­tion of more than 40,000 sig­na­tures was handed to MPs on Wed­nes­day cam­paign­ing against the use of pub­lic money for the event.

The new­ly­weds left in style when Jack whisked his new wife away in a James Bond su­per­car, an As­ton Martin DB10.

HAPPY The Queen cel­e­brat­ing her grand­daugh­ter’s big day

ARM IN ARM Eu­ge­nie and An­drew

STYLISH As­ton Martin DB10

OOPS Kate Mid­dle­ton laughs as the wind blows her dress up

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