Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, attended the wedding, along with other senior royals, including Prince Charles; Prince William and his wife Kate, the duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry with Meghan, the duchess of Sussex.

By: AP | Windsor | Published: October 12, 2018 9:57:49 pm
Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle The Rt Revd David Conner, Dean of Windsor during the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday. (AP photo)

Britain’s Princess Eugenie married tequila executive Jack Brooksbank in a star-studded royal wedding Friday at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The 28-year-old bride, a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, is ninth in line to the British throne. She wore a long-sleeved gown with a fitted top, a peplum and a long train by British-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos and a diamond-and-emerald tiara loaned to her by the queen.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle Britain’s Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St George’s Chapel after their wedding at Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday. (AP photo)

The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, attended the wedding, along with other senior royals, including Prince Charles; Prince William and his wife Kate, the duchess of Cambridge; and Prince Harry with Meghan, the duchess of Sussex.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday. (AP photo)

There had been doubts about whether the 97-year-old Philip would be well enough to attend, but he seemed to be in good form during a rare public appearance. Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, missed the wedding because of other commitments.

Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, served as maid of honor _ she read a selection from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” during the service.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank, watched by Princess Beatrice, leave Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday after their wedding for an evening reception at the Royal Lodge. (AP/PTI Photo) 

They are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who are divorced but enjoy an amicable relationship.

The A-list guests included Hollywood stars Demi Moore and Liv Tyler, fashion luminaries Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Naomi Campbell and pop singer Robbie Williams, whose daughter was a bridesmaid.

Eugenie’s dress was cut in a deep V in the front and the back, a feature requested by the bride that revealed a vertical scar from her surgery at age 12 to correct scoliosis. She has said previously it’s important for people to show their scars.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle Jack Brooksbank and Princess Beatrice help Princess Eugenie into her car as she leaves Windsor Castle after her wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge, in Windsor, Britain. (Reuters photo)

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore a fuchsia dress by Alexander McQueen and a hat by Philip Treacy _ Britain’s premier milliner. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wore a navy dress and coat by Givenchy.

There were occasional blue skies on a generally cloudy, gusty day as the royal standard flew atop the Windsor Castle complex, indicating the queen was in residence. The strong winds forced many women to hold on to their elaborate hats as they approached the chapel.

Eugenie, 28, works at a contemporary art gallery. The couple, who had dated for seven years, got engaged in January when Brooksbank, 32, proposed during a trip to Nicaragua. They married in the same venue used in May by Harry and Meghan.

William and Kate’s 5-year-old son, Prince George, served as a page boy, and their daughter, 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, was one of six bridesmaids. There was no sign of 5-month-old Prince Louis, William and Kate’s youngest child.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle The wedding cake created by Sophie Cabot for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank seen in St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain. (REUTERS photo)

The bride’s parents left the chapel together smiling as the newlyweds embarked on a horse-drawn carriage ride through parts of Windsor.

The queen hosted a champagne luncheon for the guests just after the ceremony, with a second reception planned for the evening.

Before the event, Eugenie told ITV, which broadcast the hour-long service in Britain, that she was both excited and a bit on edge.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle Sarah, Duchess of York (left) with Nicola and George Brooksbank outside St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, in Windsor, Britain. (Reuters photo)

“It’s nerve-wracking and a bit scary and all the things that come with getting married, but at the end of the day you get to marry the person you love,” she said.

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter princess Eugenie weds at Windsor Castle Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank walk down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding, in Windsor, Britain. (Reuters photo)

The couple invited 1,200 members of the public to come onto the castle grounds for a closer glimpse of proceedings. There were also crowds of well-wishers on the streets outside the imposing castle.

“I’m a royal superfan, so when her majesty organizes a big event for her granddaughter, I can’t stay at home,” said Joseph Afrane, 54. “Whether it’s rain or sunshine, I have to come down and support her majesty.”

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