If you tuned in to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's royal wedding earlier this morning from St. George's Chapel, you probably had some intense flashbacks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 nuptials at the same locale. But, while the notorious wedding venue remained the same for both couples, each notably put their own spins on their respective big days. And, because we're active proponents of dwelling in the current royal wedding mania for as long as possible, we compared the key similarities and differences between Eugenie's and her cousin Harry's equally astounding ceremonies. From the dresses to the decor, here's the breakdown.
1. The Rings
Royal brides Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie both have some seriously enviable bridal bling. However, neither bauble bears much resemblance to the other. You're likely well-versed in the dynamics of Meghan's three-stone sparkler, set on a gold band with a center diamond from Princess Diana's collection.
Princess Eugenie, on the other hand, received a colorful padparadscha sapphire ring from now-husband Jack Brooksbank (which slightly resembles Kate Middleton's engagement bauble). "Why I loved it so much is it changes color from every different angle that you look at it, which is what I think of Eugenie," Brooksbank explained to BBC regarding his engagement jewelry decision making. "She changes color, and it's just so amazing."
2. The Dresses
Eugenie's and Meghan's rings may be polar opposites, but both opted for incredibly timeless long sleeve gowns. The Duchess of Sussex called on Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy to create her classic boat-neck frock, which she paired with simple studs.
Peter Pilotto was behind the most recent royal bride's wedding dress, complete with a subtle off-the-shoulder folded neckline, long sleeves, and a low back with a long train. According to a palace statement, the gown's fabric was also infused with subtle symbols Eugenie and Brooksbank held close to heart, such as a shamrock for the bride's Irish heritage.
3. The Tiaras
Maintaining her overall elegant allure, Meghan accessorized her bridal ensemble with the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara, made in 1932. The rare headpiece, which held her 16.5-foot veil in place, boasts eleven sections and a center brooch with ten diamonds.
As for her something borrowed, Eugenie opted for a pop of color, courtesy of the Queen—the Greville Emerald tiara. The stunning accessory features a 93.70-carat (yes, you read that correctly) center emerald and perfectly complemented her drop earrings. Unlike Meghan, the 28-year-old royal walked down the aisle sans veil.
3. The Decorations
Florals played a large role in personalizing St. George's chapel to each royal couple's liking, but very different arrangements set the scene for the two royal weddings. Kicking off the first ceremony of the year, Meghan and Harry relied on lush green and ivory blooms to decorate the venue's interior and exterior, resulting in a traditional-meets-wild vibe.
Alluding to the current season, Eugenie and Brooksbank's florist, Rob Van Helden, gave us all the autumnal feels with locally-sourced roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, and berries, as well as liquid amber trees.
4. The Bridal Party
A few familiar adorable tots made appearances within both wedding parties (namely Prince George and Princess Charlotte). However, the children's outfits varied greatly. Meghan and Harry's four page boys donned miniature versions of Harry's Blues and Royals frockcoat, while the mini 'maids sported flower crowns and white gowns designed to resemble the bride's.
For today's royal nuptials, Eugenie defied tradition and elected her older sister, Princess Beatrice, as her maid of honor. Clad in a Ralph & Russo number, she escorted the eight-person wedding party into the church. The page boys and flower girls looked completely unified in white ensembles with matching printed sashes.
5. The Carriages
What's not to love about a little post-wedding carriage procession!? Seated in an Ascot Landau carriage, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex embarked on a public parade along Castle Hill, the High Street, the Windsor town centre, and the Long Walk back to the gates of Windsor Castle.
Meanwhile, Eugenie and Brooksbank favored the covered Scottish State Coach for their ride about town. The newlyweds also took a much shorter route—the same from the Earl and Countess of Wessex's wedding day.