The countdown is on for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's October 12 royal wedding, which 1,200 lucky members of the general public will get to witness from the castle grounds. Considering this famed ceremony may not be televised, we can't hide our jealousy that so many citizens will get a firsthand look at the bride's presumably fairytale-worthy gown on the big day. But, much to their satisfaction, the couple has officially sent out public wedding invitations, and the recipients are (naturally) freaking out.
A few of the excited 1,200 attendees took to Twitter to share their enthusiasm, with one user posting a photo of the coveted wedding card. The letter, emblazoned with the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom, reads, "I am delighted to enclose your Entry Cards for attendance in the precincts of Windsor Castle on Friday 12th October 2018 to celebrate the marriage of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank." It also states that public guests must bring two forms of identification on the big day.
It seems not every citizen received an invite in the mail, however. Another Twitter user, also reveling in the royal wedding delight, revealed that she was notified of her attendance via email. Perhaps the stationery budget was a bit tight...1,200 cards is a hefty total to sign, seal, and deliver.
Taking a cue from her cousin, Prince Harry, Eugenie and her fiancé announced plans to invite members of the general public to partake in the wedding day back in July. A Kensington Palace statement declared that 1,200 individuals "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." Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie set up an online application for any interested United Kingdom citizens, and a more recent press release announced that over 100,000 ballots had been filled out.
Wonder who had to weed through all those...
The press release also stated that, in addition to the 1,200 members of the public, representatives from several charities close to the couple (including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women) will be in attendance. A few Windsor locals, residents of Windsor Castle, Royal Household staff members, and students from two Windsor schools have been invited to view the wedding from the castle precincts, as well.
One thing's for sure—that's a lot of wedding favors to keep track of.