The ceremony location was the same, but there were a few distinctions in the latest royal wedding.

By Shira Savada
October 12, 2018

Back in May, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, England, and they enjoyed a post-wedding lunch reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Now the same can be said of Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack Brooksbank. While there were several similarities between Prince Harry and Meghan and Eugenie and Jack's wedding days, there were many differences, too. Read on to see how each royal cousin did things his or her own way.

The guest lists.

Harry and Meghan invited 600 guests to join them inside St. George's Chapel, but Eugenie and Jack topped that, hosting a total of 850 attendees. Both weddings had 1,200 members of the public watching from outside, though. As for famous faces in the crowd, many celebrity couples attended both weddings, including James Blunt and his wife, Sofia Wellesley. While Harry and Meghan had Oprah Winfrey, Idris Alba, and Priyanka Chopra in the pews, we saw Robbie Williams, Cara Delevingne, and Naomi Campbell at Eugenie and Jack's nuptials.

The formality.

Guests were asked to wear dress uniform for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Saturday wedding, but Eugenie and Jack requested a slightly more formal dress code for their Friday morning service: morning coats for the gentlemen and day dresses with hats for the ladies, according to their invitations. That means the traditional suits we see at weddings in the States weren't allowed.

The wedding party.

Harry's brother, Prince William, stood by his side as best man, and Jack's brother, Tom Brooksbank, did the same. But unlike Meghan, who did not have a maid of honor, Eugenie tapped sister Princess Beatrice to fill the classic role. A handful of young bridesmaids and page boys preceded the bride's entrance in the chapel, including two of Kate and William's children: George and Charlotte, who were also in their uncle Harry's wedding.


The bride's outfit.

Meghan wowed in a simple, off-the-shoulder Givenchy wedding dress with long sleeves for her big day. She was also loaned the Queen Mary tiara, a headpiece studded with diamonds. Eugenie chose a modern and refined gown as well, wearing Peter Pilotto to tie the knot. Her dress featured long sleeves and a V-neckline that almost qualified as off-the-shoulder. She was crowned with an emerald tiara once belonging to Dame Margaret Greville. The biggest difference between the two brides? Meghan wore a veil while Eugenie skipped one.

The bride's entrance.

In the days before Meghan's wedding, her father announced he was unable to attend. Her father-in-law, Prince Charles, stepped in to escort her down the aisle, but only after she made the modern decision to walk the first part of it alone. Princess Eugenie stuck with tradition and had her father, Prince Andrew, usher her to the front of the chapel.

The bridal bouquet.

Meghan carried a petite bouquet of flowers picked from the private gardens at Kensington Palace, and a few forget-me-nots, which honored Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. Eugenie's clutch was also white, but much bigger and made of lilies of the valley, stephanotis pips, and spray roses. Her arrangement also contained some blue thistles plus green ivy.

The readings.

While Harry and Meghan's biblical readings were definitely traditional, Eugenie's sister, Beatrice, recited an excerpt from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby-a slightly more personalized touch.

The music.

While both weddings incorporated classic and traditional music, it was young cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and a gospel choir that provided much of the soundtrack for Harry and Meghan's service. Famous tenor Andrea Bocelli was tasked with performing two songs at Eugenie and Jack's ceremony. In addition, guests were treated to performances by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and State Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry.

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The grand exit.

Both pairs of newlyweds paused at the West Steps of the chapel before embarking on a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor-though their routes differed. Harry and Meghan traveled down the Long Walk, while Eugenie and Jack's trip was slightly shorter. Harry and Meghan also chose an open carriage (allowing for that gorgeous overhead portrait) while Eugenie and Jack's was closed.


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