Mark your calendars—the second royal wedding date of the year has officially been announced!
Princess Eugenie and her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, announced their engagement on January 22. The duo declared that they would tie the knot at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same spot where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will say "I do" on May 19. Their engagement announcement stated that the wedding will take place this fall, but the exact date was just revealed today.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Eugenie’s father, announced his daughter’s official wedding date in a statement via Twitter this morning—Friday, October 12, 2018.
"The marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank will take place on 12th October 2018," the statement read. "As previously announced, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle." Keep your plastic tiaras and "Yas Queen" balloon signs handy after Harry and Meghan’s wedding, because you’ll need to bust them out again just 146 days later in honor of Princess Eugenie. Quick turnaround for royal weddings this year!
Eugenie and Jack, who have been an item since 2010, after meeting on a ski trip, originally planned for a September wedding, but, reportedly, a royal scheduling conflict meant they had to postpone. Prince Harry (Eugenie’s cousin) and Markle have a few official tours lined up after their wedding, so Eugenie’s nuptials were pushed back to accommodate the newlyweds. Thankfully, though, there were no hard feelings after this minor wedding-planning setback.
According to the Daily Mail, Eugenie’s 91-year-old grandmother, Joanna Newton, confirmed the couple’s upcoming wedding a month after their engagement. "It will be down in Windsor and it will be in October," she revealed. "I do know that they’re now not going to get married in September. [Jack] said, 'We can’t get married in September now so we will have to get married in October.'" Regardless, their marriage will definitely be worth the wait. What’s not to love about not one, but two royal weddings within five months of each other!?
This princess bride will have her fair share of gorgeous bling as she walks down the aisle. It’s predicted that Eugenie will sport the York tiara on her wedding day, which Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip gifted to Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, in 1986. Plus, her engagement ring has enough to sparkle to be a standout piece alone. Brooksbank proposed to his future bride with a pink sapphire sparkler surrounded by diamonds.
While no other wedding deets have been declared yet, we might have an idea of where Eugenie will stay in preparation for the wedding. As per royal tradition, the bride and groom must spend the night before their wedding apart. For Markle’s upcoming wedding, she has several housing options near the venue to choose from, including Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park. However, Prince Andrew has been living in this residence since 2004, so he will likely offer the space up to his daughter instead as her October wedding draws closer.
Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank will have big shoes to fill following Markle and Harry’s widely anticipated wedding. But, based on its royal caliber, we know this wedding will also be one for the books.