A Royal Wedding
Friday sees the second Royal Wedding of the Year. Friday 12 October, Princess Eugenie of York will marry her long time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank. I don’t know about you, but as I didn’t receive my invitation and wasn’t successful in the draw for tickets, I will be joining Ruth and Eamonn for the ITV This Morning special.
Royal Wedding Planning
The planning of 2018’s second Royal Wedding hasn’t gone entirely to plan. Shortly after their wedding was announced the date had to be changed due to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex jetting off down under and it was announced this week that Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall won’t be in attendance due to a prior commitment.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Eugenie has said that “I’m not stressed at all,” “It’s very nerve-wracking because you want it to be perfect but then you realise that you’re going to be with the person you love forever and nothing else really matters.” I love the fact that she has been pouring over Pinterest as part of her wedding planning process. Even Princesses look for wedding inspiration!
The couple were introduced by friends seven years ago whilst on a skiing holiday in Verbier with the proposal, a “complete surprise”, taking place in Nicaragua on January 2018. Princess Eugenie called it the “perfect moment”.
Her stunning engagement ring features an oval, coral-colored padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamond and is very similar to that Sarah, Duchess of York’s ring, designed by Prince Andrew.
In 1923 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother began the tradition using pure Welsh gold to create their wedding bands, something that is expected to continue. Having myrtle in the bridal bouquet is also a Royal Wedding tradition. This on dating back to 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert.
Various details have emerged about Friday’s nuptials at St George’s Chapel Windsor. Dean of Windsor, David Conner will officiate at Friday’s ceremony with Archbishop of York leading the prayers. The Queen will then host a reception for the couple and their guests at Windsor Castle. Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York will then host a further reception at Royal Lodge, Windsor. It is expected that their wedding will be a two day affair with day two consisting of an afternoon of fun organised by wedding planner, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones. His firm, Bentleys Entertainment was also behind the Beckhams nuptials as well as Eugenie’s cousins, Peter Phillips when he married Autumn Kelly and Zara Phillips who web Mike Tindall in 2011. A source has said that there will be ‘everything from dodgems to funfair rides, as well as plenty of cocktails.’
Stunning floral installations will be created courtesy of Rob Van Helden Floral Designs and the red velvet and chocolate cake will be made by Sophie Cabot. Her floral, hand painted cakes look stunning and I can only imagine how amazing they taste!
The Royal Wedding Party
It is expected that the Royal Wedding Party will consist of Jack’s brother as best man and Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice as maid of honour. Bridesmaids and page boys are always a crowd pleaser at Royal Weddings with Princess Charlotte and Prince George leading the pack. Additional bridesmaids are expected to include the daughter of Robbie Williams his wife Ayda Field, Theodora Rose; Maud Windsor daughter of actress Sophie Winkleman and Lord Frederick Windsor; and Ines de Givenchy, the great niece of the late designer Hubert di Givenchy.
The Guest List
As well as members of both families the guest list will be peppered with famous faces. Robbie Williams and Adya Field are good friends as well as James Blunt, Ellie Golding, Cara Delevingne and Holly Branson. Harry’s ex, Cressida Bonas is also a good friend of the Princess as well as Eddie Redmayne. With Jack being the brand ambassador for the tequila company co-founded by George Clooney it is possible the Clooney’s will put in an appearance as well as his business partner Rande Gerber and wife Cindy Crawford.
She told Vogue that the dress ‘is the one thing that I was really decisive about. 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’. It will be designed by a British designer but other than that, the Princess has been tight lipped.
When interviewed on the BBC’s The One Show she was asked whether she would wear a straight gown or a meringue and replied “Maybe a mix of both. Can you do that? Is there such a thing? No meringue shoulders – that’s a little bit out of fashion, maybe it’s in fashion now? We’ll see what happens.”
Suzannah Neville, Jenny Packham and Alice Temperley are in the running with Erdem the bookies favourite which is no surprise as the Princess is known to favour Erdem. Veils are usually sported by royal brides as it is expected she will have a second dress as is a new tradition favoured by the younger royals. Hello Magazine asked seven top designers their visions for the day.
My own thoughts, Princess Eugenie has a distinct style and isn’t afraid to try something new. She loves colour, florals and structure. I hope that she stays true to who she is and wouldn’t be surprised to see a cape.