Royal wedding: Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank

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Princess Eugenie has married her long-term partner Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The ninth in line to the throne was watched by her grandmother, the Queen, and Prince Philip, along with other members of her family.

Among 850 guests were celebrities such as Cara Delevingne and Robbie Williams, while 1,200 people chosen by ballot followed proceedings from the grounds.

Guests held on to their hats in strong winds as the couple left by carriage.

BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said the 28-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew kept breaking into a broad smile during the ceremony.

“Both of them were a little nervous too, their hands shaking together before they took their vows,” he said.

“The biggest cheer of the day? For the Queen, bent a little with age, and the Duke of Edinburgh, ramrod straight despite his years.”

The service was also attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess of York points at a friend
The Duchess of York spotted a friend in the congregation and rushed to embrace her

Mother of the bride Sarah, Duchess of York, in a vibrant green outfit, was seated in the row in front of her former father-in-law the Duke of Edinburgh.

However, the Duchess of Cornwall missed the service to attend engagements including a display of Highland dancing near the Royal Family’s home at Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex and the Princess Royal, (left to right front row) Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece at the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George"s Chapel in Windsor Castle
Royal Family members, including the Queen and Prince Philip, inside the chapel
Pippa Middleton with her husband James Matthews (left) and brother James Middleton (right)
Pippa Middleton with her husband James Matthews (left) and brother James Middleton (right)

Princess Eugenie’s dress – with full-length train – was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded British label Peter Pilotto

It featured a neckline folding around the shoulders to a low back at the request of the bride, who wanted to show a scar from surgery to correct scoliosis when she was 12.

 

Princess Eugenie shown in her wedding dress from the back
The bride asked for a low back to show her scar

She wore the Queen’s Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, made by Boucheron in 1919, featuring brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, pave set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side.

Princess Eugenie wearing the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, acted as pageboy and bridesmaid.

Charlotte waved enthusiastically at the crowds as they approached the chapel.

Some of the youngsters were seen giggling and joking before walking down the aisle, appearing to imitate the royal trumpeters.

However, George held his hand over his ear as the musicians heralded Eugenie’s arrival.

The bridesmaids and page boys arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George"s Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain, October 12, 2018
The bridesmaids and page boys at the ceremony

Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, was maid of honour. Mr Brooksbank chose his brother, Thomas, as best man.

Numerous celebrities braved the weather, including singer Robbie Williams and his fellow X Factor judge Ayda Field, whose daughter Theodora, six, was a bridesmaid.

Singer Ellie Goulding, comedians Stephen Fry and Jack Whitehall and supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were in the congregation. Cara Delevingne grabbed the attention of social media commentators with a dashing top hat and tails combination.

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne waves to crowds outside the wedding
Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell has dressed to impress for the nuptials
Liv Tyler
Actress Liv Tyler is among the 850 guests

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed two pieces during the ceremony, which also featured members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dean of Windsor David Conner officiated.

The couple travelled by carriage from St George’s Chapel into Windsor, before heading for an afternoon reception hosted by the Queen in St George’s Hall at the castle.

It was estimated about 3,000 people gathered to cheer Princess Eugenie and her new husband.

Rachel Price-Greenow, from Hereford, admitted she had a tear in her eye watching the couple go by.

“I got emotional!” she said. “I was quite teary. It’s just lovely. I love all the pomp and sense of occasion.”

Georgina Moroney, from Swindon, said: “I’m a royal geek. It’s just all part of our heritage. They’re fantastic – I love the romance of it all.

“She looked so radiant.”

Image copyright Amy Gardner

Amy Gardner captured a photograph of the happy couple smiling and waving at the camera.

“She looked so beautiful – it was lovely,” she said. “It’s definitely worth the wait.”

Eugenie and drinks executive Mr Brooksbank, who met when skiing in Switzerland in 2010, married at the same venue where Prince Harry and Megham Markle tied the knot in May.

An evening party will take place at the York family home, the Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

The families paid for the private aspects of the wedding.

However, republican campaigners said taxpayers faced an estimated £2m security bill.

The campaign group Republic argued that as Princess Eugenie, the ninth in line to the throne, did not carry out public duties, the families should foot the bill.

Buckingham Palace said security was a matter for the police.