The second royal wedding of 2018 is fast approaching, as Princess Eugenie and fiancé Jack Brooksbank prepare to tie the knot next month
2018 has been a busy old year for the royals. A new baby, a beautiful wedding witnessed by millions around the world, and now another of the Queen’s grandchildren will be saying ‘I do’ next month – Princess Eugenie.
The princess, who is ninth in line to the throne, got engaged to her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank back in January.
And while her wedding ceremony has similarities to that of Prince Harry’s back in May, she’s also hinted that her wedding day will be ‘plastic free’.
“My whole house is anti-plastic now,” she revealed in an interview within the September issue of British Vogue. “And Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well.”
Where is Princess Eugenie getting married?
The wedding will take place on Friday 12 October 2018, and like her cousin Prince Harry, the princess will also be tying the knot inside Windsor Castle’s St George’s chapel.
The 15th-century venue, which has capacity for up to 800 guests, has also played host to several royal weddings in the past, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall back in 2005, and Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Sophie Rhys Jones in 1999.
As venues go, it’s far more low key than central London locations such as St Paul’s Cathedral, where Prince Charles and Princess Diana married, and Westminster Abbey, the choice of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Who is invited to Princess Eugenie’s wedding?
The couple have invited 1,200 members of the public to their wedding next month, including members of the Windsor community, representatives from their favourite charities, some royal household staff and residents of the castle.
In an announcement from Buckingham Palace, a spokesman for the couple said: “The attendees will view the arrival of the congregation and members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the marriage service and watch as the bride and groom depart St George’s Chapel at the end of the ceremony.”
Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank will then participate in a promenade through Windsor once the ceremony has taken place. Their carriage will travel through the castle’s grounds, enter the town at Castle Hill and proceed along Windsor High Street.
Who will design Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress?
Back in January in an interview on The One Show, the princess did say she hadn’t yet decided on the type of dress she wanted, other than insisting on “no meringue shoulders”.
She has, however, announced that she will be opting for a British designer. “I’m not telling anyone who is making it, but I can say it is a British-based designer,” she revealed in British Vogue.
“[The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about,” the princess said. “As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away. I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”
Experts predict this could mean designers such as Stella McCartney, Emilia Wickstead, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph & Russo and Erdem in the running.
Tiaras are reserved for brides and married women according to royal protocol, so Princess Eugenie may also wear the York tiara, designed for her mother Sarah Ferguson in 1986.
Who is Princess Eugenie’s maid of honour?
The princess has selected her sister, Princess Beatrice, as her maid of honour – making the announcement in British Vogue interview this month.
“Euge is amazing,” says Beatrice in the magazine’s September issue. “She’s a very modern bride.”
Prince George is reportedly going to be a pageboy at the wedding, along with Louis de Givenchy (son of JP Morgan banker Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe).
Princess Charlotte will be a flower girl, along with Maud Windsor – the four-year-old daughter of Lord Freddie Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding ring
Nothing has been confirmed about the princess’ wedding ring, but it’s expected that it will be made with Welsh gold, a royal tradition that dates back to 1923.
Welsh gold is very rare, and tends to cost up to five times as much as other types of gold.
What will the bouquet look like?
Katie-Jane Hermes, expert florist at Florismart UK predicts that Princess Eugenie will carry a petite bouquet of delicate symbolic flowers.
“If her mother’s flowers are anything to go by, the symbolism will be huge. Sarah carried gardenias, roses, lily of the valley, lilies and myrtle. Gardenias are an expression of secret love and denotes sincerity.”
She adds, “Lily of the valley, which has been a staple of previous royal bouquets (including Meghan Markle’s) means return to happiness. The lilies represent purity, while the rose is a long-held symbol for love.”
“My guess is hand tied, in keeping with their plastic-free wedding plans, anything else would be out of place.”