Following the same pattern as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, Kensington Palace is beginning to release more nuptial-related information as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's own big day approaches, and we couldn't be more thrilled. It's all happening...again!
With less than a month until the couple says "I do" October 12, Palace officials produced a statement today, hitting on a few specifics of the royal ceremony. "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank have been touched by the many good wishes they have received in the run-up to their Wedding on 12th October 2018," the statement began. "They are looking forward to celebrating with their family, friends, and members of the public within the Castle grounds and in Windsor. As the wedding approaches the couple wish to share the following details of the day."
We already know that Eugenie and her fiancé will wed at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, but the press release officially confirmed the ceremony's 11 a.m. start time (6 a.m. ET for those of us across the pond). The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner (who also presided over Harry and Meghan's wedding, will officiate, and the the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. John Sentamu, will lead prayers, according to the statement.
Kensington Palace had also previously revealed that 1,200 members of the public, along with local community members and various charity representatives, would be invited to partake in the celebration from the Windsor Castle grounds. The soon-to-be-married couple allowed interested United Kingdom citizens to fill out an application in order to be selected for this privilege, and after receiving over 100,000 electronic ballots, the statement affirmed that invites have been officially extended to the lucky selected 1,200.
As for the charity representatives, the press release added that members from the following organizations will be in attendance: the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army, and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. Residents of Windsor Castle, a few Royal Household staff members, Windsor community members, and students from two local schools, St George’s School and Coworth Flexlands School, will also be welcomed to view the marriage procession.
Just as Harry and Meghan did, Eugenie and Brooksbank will embark on a carriage ride following their wedding ceremony along Windsor's High Street. And, although it's unclear whether this royal wedding round two will be televised, there are plenty of chances for fans to witness the newlyweds during their parade about town. "Opportunities for members of the public wishing to view the couple are on Castle Hill, the High Street, and Park Street, echoing the route taken by the Earl and Countess of Wessex following their wedding," read the statement. The Palace added that, "the carriage will not travel along the Long Walk," meaning Eugenie and Brooksbank's carriage procession will take a much shorter route than Harry and Meghan's.
Last, the Palace press release verified Queen Elizabeth's post-ceremony reception for the couple and guests, which will take place at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty hosted the same event for Meghan and Harry, but will have quite a few extra mouths to feed this time around. Sources revealed via the Mail on Sunday that the couple has reportedly invited 250 more wedding guests than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, adding up to a whopping 850 grand total. The 28-year-old royal is expected to rack up a much smaller wedding bill than her cousin's previous big day, however.
As Eugenie and Brooksbank's royal wedding draws closer, here's hoping the Palace continues to share more breaking news with us fellow ceremony obsesses. A hint toward the bride's dress designer, perhaps?