Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter marries in Gatsbyesque splendor

WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – Hollywood stars joined Queen Elizabeth and her household for Britain’s second main royal marriage ceremony this 12 months, because the monarch’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie married wine service provider Jack Brooksbank.

Eugenie, 28, daughter of the queen’s third little one, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Brooksbank, 32, in a conventional ceremony at Windsor Castle’s 15th Century St George’s Chapel.

It was the identical setting because the lavish marriage ceremony in May of Prince Harry and his American actress spouse Meghan. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, because the couple are actually recognized, have been amongst Friday’s congregation.

Eugenie’s nuptials had a lot of the identical pomp and pageantry as Harry’s, however 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, have been joined by different royals and celebrities together with Hollywood stars Liv Tyler and Demi Moore, fashions Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and singers Ellie Goulding and Robbie Williams.

Female friends needed to cling on to their hats as a blustery wind threatened their marriage ceremony outfits.

Eugenie’s costume, by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos of London-based label Peter Pilotto, had a low again to disclose scars from surgical procedure the princess underwent to right 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 instructed ITV’s “This Morning” forward of the marriage.

The couple confirmed clear indicators on nerves however beamed fortunately through the hour-long service.

“This is meant to be a family wedding,” Eugenie’s father Andrew mentioned 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 instructed “This Morning” which broadcast the event reside.

Several hundred singing and cheering well-wishers gathered outdoors within the shadow of the citadel, far fewer than the tens of 1000’s that crammed into Windsor for Harry’s marriage ceremony.


Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli carried out through the service led by the Dean of Windsor David Conner.

Eugenie’s elder sister Princess Beatrice, the maid of honor, learn a passage from the “The Great Gatsby” describing the smile of the title character, a wealthy man famed for throwing events for the 1920s New York glitterati.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank kiss after their marriage ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

The bride had learn the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel shortly after assembly Brooksbank within 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 mentioned.

Princess Charlotte, three, daughter of Harry’s elder brother Prince William and his spouse Kate, was a bridesmaid, and her brother, Prince George, 5, a web page boy.

One noticeable absentee was Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the spouse of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, as she was finishing up an engagement in Scotland.

After the service, the couple took a horse-drawn carriage tour of Windsor earlier than a reception on the citadel hosted by the queen.

Eugenie is a director at London’s Hauser & Wirth artwork gallery, and Brooksbank owns a wine wholesale business and is European model supervisor for Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by U.S. actor George Clooney.

Security round Windsor was tight, with airport-style checks and a heavy police presence. Eugenie doesn’t perform official royal duties and republicans mentioned it’s mistaken that the estimated 2 million pound ($2.6 million) safety invoice shall be paid by taxpayers.

“Clearly, a line has been crossed today,” opposition Labour lawmaker Emma Dent Coad wrote within the Mirror newspaper, saying even often pro-monarchist papers had criticized the general public funding of the marriage “of a minor member of the royal family”.

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“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.”

Additional reporting by Helena Williams; modifying by Guy Faulconbrige and Robin Pomeroy

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