Princess Eugenie's wedding is just days away, and from the A-list guests to the decadent chocolate and red velvet wedding cake, we know the affair is going to be lavish. However, Queen Elizabeth II's wedding gift to her granddaughter and soon-to-be husband probably won't be nearly as lavish as the one she gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
According to royal experts, it's rather unlikely that Queen Elizabeth will give the bride and groom their own royal property, a longstanding tradition for members of the royal family. In the past, the Queen has gifted luxury properties as wedding gifts: Prince Andrew was given Sunninghill Park, Prince Charles was given Birkhall, and Prince William and Kate Middleton were gifted Anmer Hall. As you may remember, the Queen gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle York Cottage (which despite the name, is more of a mansion than a cottage). But unfortunately, it doesn't seem as though Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will be receiving a similarly grand gift.
"The past two major Royal Weddings we saw were for Princes William and Harry, one who will be the future king and his brother. They are, and will be, full-time working royals for the rest of their lives. One of the perks of this is Her Majesty can justify the lavish properties she has gifted them in return for their duty to the crown," Royal Central deputy editor Jamie Samhan told Marie Claire.
"Unfortunately for Princess Eugenie who marries Jack Brooksbank this Friday, she is not working royal despite the tries from her father Prince Andrew to promote both his daughters to the roll." Thus, Eugenie and Brooksbank will probably not be writing a thank-you card for an acres-arching royal property to grandma. "There are, however, smaller properties that could fit nicely for the newlyweds!" Samhan points out.
Royal commentator Eloise Parker agrees, also telling Marie Claire, "It's unlikely to be as extravagant as the property...she gave to Prince Harry as a wedding gift, because those gifts are usually only given to full-time senior working royals."
"Eugenie has a successful career in the art world, outside of the royal family and doesn't fall into this category," Parker explained.
While it may not be a Buckingham Palace apartment or a mansion-sized cottage, we have no doubt that the Queen will deliver when it comes to her granddaughter's wedding gift. We're looking forward to seeing what the princess's present just might be.