Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Are Married!
The second royal wedding of the year went off without a hitch.
And just like that, another royal wedding is in the books. As of a few moments ago, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are officially married. Luckily, their ceremony, which took place in St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England, was televised for the world to see-chances are, you witnessed the couple exchange vows in real time. But if you (accidentally) snoozed through the 4:25 a.m. wake-up call, don't fret: We're handling the recap.
The morning began with Eugenie arriving at Windsor Castle in a car with her father, Prince Andrew. After pulling up to the chapel, the bride-to-be made her big-day debut. As for her wedding dress? The princess donned a Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos bridal gown (she stuck to her original plan of wearing a U.K.-based fashion designer!), detailed with a folded collar detail, subtle off-the-shoulder neckline, long sleeves, and extended train. She accessorized her look with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara (on loan from the Queen!) with diamond and emerald earrings.
The royal bride was surrounded by family on her wedding day-her parents (including her mother, Sarah Ferguson) and Princess Beatrice weren't the only royal relatives in attendance. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to their wedding site to join in on the fun. Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, and Prince William were also in the crowd, as were Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who reprised their roles as page boy and bridesmaid for Eugenie's ceremony. As for the other famous guests? Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell, Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne, and more all stepped out to support the bride and groom.
All guests-both royal and non-royal!-turned their eyes to Eugenie as she entered the church. She was escorted by Prince Andrew down the aisle. Her extended walk gave the world a chance to admire her venue-the chapel's interior was nearly as breathtaking as the bride. Adorned with seasonal foliage and branches by Rob Van Helden, the walls and pillars were transformed into a red and orange fall scene (in line with Eugenie's autumnal theme!).
Ahead of the couple's traditional vows (the same words Harry and Meghan exchanged just five months ago!), guests were treated to a performance by the lauded Andrea Bocelli and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra-Bocelli performed one more song after the vows, following a reading by Princess Beatrice (she shared a passage from the American novel, The Great Gatsby). From start to finish, the ceremony lasted around and hour. After their officiant, Right Reverend David Conner (the Dean of Windsor) pronounced the couple husband and wife, the newlyweds recessed with their wedding party and paused for a kiss on the castle's West Steps.
The couple exited the ceremony site in a horse-drawn carriage, which will pass through the local streets (which gives the happy couple a chance to greet lucky bystanders) before returning back to Windsor Castle. That's the venue for the duo's luncheon reception, which is (as tradition mandates) hosted by the Queen. Two more parties are to follow. The first, an intimate, black-tie affair, will take place tonight, while the second festival-style celebration is slated for Saturday. Both will be held at Eugenie's family home, a Georgian-style estate known as the Royal Lodge.