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.
As you probably recall from the previous royal wedding, the time difference across the pond means you'll have to set your alarms bright and early for Brooksbank and Eugenie's big day. A Kensington Palace statement confirmed that the ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. (an hour earlier than Meghan and Harry's), which translates to 6 a.m. ET for those of us in the United States. Afterward, the newlyweds will embark on a carriage ride along Windsor's High Street, although their route will be a much shorter one than Meghan and Prince Harry's post-wedding procession. It's currently still up for debate, however, if this royal wedding will be televised (BBC declined to broadcast the event, according to Daily Mail).
You haven't seen the last of St. George's Chapel! Following in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex'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 evening reception venue, Eugenie and Brooksbank will be taking a different approach, opting for a black-tie 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 couple's celebrations will also extend into the following afternoon for a festival-themed soirée, according to The Times. Because one day of excitement naturally just isn't enough.
The Guest List
If you thought Harry and Meghan's 600-person guest list was extreme, think again—Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank reportedly sent wedding invitations to a whopping 850 guests. Unfortunately, the couple's venue only has capacity for 800, so the ceremony may be a tad bit cramped.
There's no official word yet on who will make the guest list cut, but Eugenie runs in quite the A-list social circle. Potential wedding attendants include the likes of George and Amal Clooney, 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.
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 interested citizens "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."
The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner, will officiate the wedding service, and the Archbishop of York, The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. John Sentamu, has written a personal prayer to be read during the Order of Service. As for ceremony music, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform, along with famous Italian singer/songwriter Andrea Bocelli.
Just like with Meghan's, we have a feeling we'll be left in the dark in terms of Eugenie's wedding gown until she makes her grand entrance at St. George's Chapel. We do know, however, that she's chosen a British-based designer to create her dress, and the tabloid Tatler pegs Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, or Erdem as the top contenders, according to Daily Mail. To hold your royal wedding dress fantasies over until the big day, check out a few style predictions from your favorite bridal designers.
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.
According to a Kensington Palace statement, released October 6, Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank have chosen Sophie Cabot, a London-based cake designer, to create their wedding dessert. "The red velvet and chocolate cake will be a traditional cake, with a modern feel," read the statement. "It will incorporate the rich colours of autumn in its design and will be covered with detailed sugar work including ivy."
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 ($26 million) on increased security measures alone (paid for by British taxpayers), but a smaller crowd is expected for Eugenie's ceremony. British wedding planning website Bridebook estimates that this wedding will cost around £2.7 million (about $3.5 million). While taxpayers will be footing the security bill for this wedding, as well, it's only expected to reach £2million (about $2.6 million), according to Mirror. Nonetheless, many Brits are not happy about this, even going as far as to start a petition demanding that the royal family covers the security costs.
So far, we know that the 28-year-old royal has called on London-based florist Rob van Helden for her wedding day blooms, who boasts celeb clients like Pierce Brosnan and Elton John. We can only imagine what gorgeous floral creations van Helden will come up with, but it's safe to assume that Eugenie will follow British royal wedding tradition and include a sprig of myrtle in her bridal bouquet.
As for the wedding planner, the soon-to-be married pair is reportedly keeping it posh with the same vendor behind David and Victoria Beckham's '90s nuptials, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones. With a weekend-long royal event to plan, he certainly has his work cut out for him, but we trust he'll rise to the challenge.
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, along with George's classmate and Eugenie's goddaughter, Maud Windsor.
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."