If you're still coping with the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding is over, fear not—Princess Eugenie of York's wedding is right around the corner! Yes, that's right—2018 will be the year of not one, but two nuptials within the British royal fam (and the addition of a new prince). Eugenie, Prince Harry's cousin and ninth in line to the throne, will walk down the aisle this fall to wed her sweetheart, commoner Jack Brooksbank. To keep you in the royal wedding spirit, we rounded up every tidbit of information we know related to this duo's nuptials, from the venue to the stunning engagement ring. Hold on to your plastic tiaras and mini British flags!
Buckingham Palace announced Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank's engagement via Twitter on January 22. "The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank," the announcement read. According to the statement, Brooksbank had popped the question in Nicaragua earlier in the month. Following the news of their engagement, a portrait of Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank posing in the castle's Picture Gallery also surfaced on Twitter. The couple has been dating since 2010, after crossing paths on a Swiss ski trip.
Pretty in pink! Brooksbank proposed with a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
The couple reportedly wanted to tie the knot in September, but were asked to push the wedding back in order to accommodate Prince Harry and Meghan's traveling schedule (awkward). However, Eugenie and Brooksbank quickly set a new date, revealing on February 2 that they will walk down the aisle Friday, October 12. Mark your calendars!
In the past, British royal weddings have traditionally taken place on weekdays (Will and Kate wed on a Friday). Harry and Meghan bucked this custom for their Saturday ceremony, but Eugenie will be keeping in line with this wedding convention.
You haven't seen the last of St. George's Chapel! Following in Harry and Meghan's footsteps, Eugenie and Brooksbank will also say "I do" at this Windsor venue, which the Palace originally announced in tandem with the pair's engagement news. Hopefully Eugenie garnered some wedding design inspo after attending her cousin's nuptials. Also keeping in line with Harry and Meghan's wedding timeline, the Queen will host a post-ceremony lunchtime reception for the newlyweds at Windsor Castle.
As for the reception venue, Eugenie and Brooksbank will be taking a different approach, opting for an outdoor celebration at the bride's family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor, where her parents currently live. "The plan is for a marquee to be set up in the grounds and dancing late into the night," a source told Vanity Fair. The "backyard wedding" concept is officially getting a royal revamp.
The Guest List
Taking another cue from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Eugenie and her future groom have also decided to invite 1,200 members of the public to partake in the festivities within the Precincts of Windsor Castle. The Palace announced July 18 via Twitter that "1,200 members of the public will be able to view the arrival of the congregation and Members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service and watch the start of the procession as the couple depart at the end of the Wedding ceremony."
As for the couple's ceremony guests, there's no official word yet on who will make the cut, but Eugenie runs in quite the A-list social circle. Potential wedding attendants include the likes of George and Amal Clooney (who also attended Harry and Meghan's royal wedding), Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne, and Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas. Currently, both Prince Philip and Kate Middleton's RSVPs are up in the air—Philip has longstanding bad blood with Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson, and the birth of Pippa Middleton's first child may coincide with the wedding date.
Eugenie's wedding day accessories aren't set in stone either, but one specific tiara seems to have come out as the top contender. The bride-to-be may very well choose to keep things within the family and sport the York tiara, which her mother wore when she wed Prince Andrew in 1986.
While Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding racked up an estimated $45,520,303 bill, this second royal wedding won't cost nearly as much. The main reason? Less security. According to Express, Harry and Meghan dropped about £20 million on increased security measures alone (paid for by British taxpayers), but a smaller crowd is expected for Eugenie's ceremony. Town & Country estimates the next royal nuptials will fall somewhere within the $500,000 to $1 million range.
It only makes sense that Eugenie would call on her older sister, 30-year-old Princess Beatrice, to serve as her maid of honor. Going against royal wedding protocol, which typically involves a bridal party full of children, Beatrice will likely pull a Pippa Middleton and act as an older chief bridesmaid. Making it a full-on family affair, the ever-adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also expected to be mini members of the wedding party.
Eugenie's mother, "Fergie," is reportedly tackling wedding planning head-on, helping her daughter in any way she can. "Eugenie and Jack are planning the whole thing but Sarah and Andrew are very involved," a source told Vanity Fair of the couple's wedding reception. "Sarah is bringing a very eclectic and exciting guest list to Windsor."