Inside Princess Eugenie's Wedding Guest Gift Bags

The royals aren't letting their guests go home empty-handed

Updated 10/12/18

STEVE PARSONS

It's official! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have tied the knot in a royal fairy-tale wedding, and now the two are off to celebrate their festival-style reception. While only members of the royal family and select A-listers made the cut for the reception guest list, the royal family didn't let their commoner guests go home empty-handed. The gift bags, which were priceless memorabilia in themselves, also supported young women artisans in West Bengal, India.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, took to Instagram to reveal the gift bag details. "All guests and members of the public invited to celebrate the royal wedding will receive a Key to Freedom bag," he wrote. "Key to Freedom is an initiative founded by the York Family to support and find a route to market for products made by the Women’s Interlink Foundation, which provides vulnerable young women from West Bengal, India, with skills to earn an income."

Key to Freedom was founded by the family in 2012 after Prince Andrew met Aloka Mitra, founder of the Women’s Interlink Foundation, while visiting India during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.

According to People, the purple tote bags were filled with snacks and a magnet, and included a handful of specially-branded souvenirs in honor of the big day. Additionally, the guests recieved biodegradable ponchos in case of rain—which Eugenie chose in making her wedding plastic-free.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also handed out goodie bags at their wedding, which differed slightly from today's gifts. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gifted the public bags that contained a badge marked with “Windsor Castle Spectator,” a large chocolate coin, some shortbread cookies, a magnet, a water bottle featuring the Windsor Castle insignia, a coupon to royalcollectionshop.co.uk, a site map, a wristband, and a parking pass.

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