A bachelorette party—or, as the Brits call it, a “hen do”—is a rite of passage for any bride, and the royals are no exception.
Though royals may have seemingly unlimited budgets (and paparazzi watching them at all times), their final celebrations of singlehood are actually surprisingly similar to those of us who don't happen to be getting married at St. George's Chapel or Westminster Abbey—complete with spa days (à la Meghan Markle's luxe weekend at Soho Farmhouse) and wild nights out with their friends (... you actually won't believe what Sarah Ferguson and her posse got into). While we're not totally sure if Princess Eugenie will be holding a females-only fête of her own ahead of her October 12 wedding to Jack Brooksbank (it's possible that Princess Beatrice hosted one for her sister over the summer, that somehow managed to evade the cameras), one thing is for sure: These Princesses sure know how to throw a party.
Scroll through to see for yourself, and feel free to borrow a little inspo for your own big bachelorette weekend.
While there have been rumors swirling for months that Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, would be hosting a hen do for the bride-to-be in Ibiza, nothing has been confirmed. If the party has taken place, the group managed to steer well clear of the paparazzi.
If her mom Sarah Ferguson’s hen do is any indication, Princess Eugenie’s own event might've been a wild one. In 1986, Duchess Fergie reportedly gathered some of their friends—including Princess Diana—and hit the town, dressed as police officers in uniforms and wigs, marking the first ever royal hen do. During their big night out, they pretended to arrest one of their friends near Buckingham Palace... and got arrested by actual police officers. They explained this misunderstanding, and hit Annabel’s nightclub—still in their wigs. And they weren’t done yet! They closed out the night by playing a trick on Prince Andrew and locking the palace gates. Sarah later shared in her autobiography that she confessed the happenings of her wild night to the Queen, who—thankfully—found it "reasonably amusing.”
The details of Kate Middleton’s hen party have been kept fairly hush hush, but reports indicate that it was a seemingly chilled-out affair that took place at a friend's house. "She has already had her hen night, but it was certainly very low-key,” a source told The Telegraph. "There isn’t such a tradition attached to hen nights as there is to stag parties. It was done privately.” The big night in was reportedly arranged by Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton.
Meghan Markle’s party was a decidedly more subdued one than some of the other members of the royal family. Ahead of her big day, she reportedly celebrated at a spa with some of her nearest and dearest. Apparently, wilding out before the wedding just wasn’t her style. "The thought of running around a city trying to get into clubs and wearing headbands of the phallic persuasion didn’t seem very ‘on brand’ for us,” she once wrote on her now-defunct blog The Tig, according to The Mirror, of planning a friend’s bachelorette party in 2016, and it looks like the same sentiments applied to her own event.
Before marrying Mike Tindall, Zara Phillips (who is the Queen’s granddaughter, but doesn’t have a royal title) reportedly celebrated in the same way most non-royal brides would (that is, if they and their friends had unlimited funds)—on holiday in Portugal, wearing a tutu and pink wig, and downing sangria.
While Pippa Middleton isn't a royal herself, she did have one on hand for her own bachelorette party. Instead of hosting a traditional party, Pippa Middleton celebrated the last of her single days with a sister’s trip. She and Kate Middleton reportedly hit the slopes in France with a small group, and reportedly "stayed in a really exclusive catered chalet with maids and chef, who ensured that they were totally spoilt."