Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have stolen the royal wedding limelight with their May 19 nuptials, but there’s still another royal wedding to come this year.
Princess Eugenie will be marrying fiance Jack Brooksbank in a matter of weeks.
Given she’s ninth in line to the British throne, unlike Harry who had been third nearly all of his life until Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were born, making him now sixth, it won’t be quite as grand an affair.
Eugenie and Jack announced their engagement on this year.
Their wedding will fall on Friday 12 October and it will be taking place in St George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle, just like Harry and Meghan’s did.
Prince Andrew confirmed the date of Princess Eugenie’s wedding as Friday October 12 in February this year, making the announcement on his official Twitter account.
The marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank will take place on 12th October 2018.
As previously announced, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
— The Duke of York ()
The Duke Of York wrote: ‘The marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank will take place on 12th October 2018.
‘As previously announced, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.’
It is understood their wedding security alone is costing £2million, according to the , and it is set to be covered by the UK taxpayer.
While it might not be on the same scale as Harry and Meghan’s wedding, it was revealed that they will also be taking part in a carriage ride around Windsor, just like Harry and Meghan did, hence the need for heightened security.
Eugenie and Jack’s carriage ride will depart via Castle Hill and continue along part of Windsor High Street before returning to the castle via Cambridge Gate.
It’s thought Harry and Meghan’s wedding cost between £2 million and £4 million in security, seeing 100,000 people travelling to Windsor to soak up the atmosphere of the special day.
It was announced in January that Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, and Mr Brooksbank, got engaged in Nicaragua during a private holiday.
Eugenie began dating the 31-year-old brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila about seven years ago after they met while skiing near the Swiss resort of Verbier.
The princess said she cried when Mr Brooksbank went down on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage, and she revealed the proposal was a ‘complete surprise’ but the ‘perfect moment’.
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Reigning monarch: Queen Elizabeth II (born 1926)
1st – Charles, Prince of Wales (b. 1948)
2nd – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (b. 1982)
3rd – Prince George of Cambridge (b. 2013)
4th – Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (b. 2015)
5th – Prince Louis of Cambridge (b. 23 April 2018)
6th – Prince Henry of Wales (Prince Harry) (b. 1984)
7th – Prince Andrew, Duke of York (b. 1960)
8th – Princess Beatrice of York (b. 1988)
9th – Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1990)
10th – Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)
12th – James, Viscount Severn (b. 2007) B D W
12th – Lady Louise Windsor (b. 2003)
13th – Anne, Princess Royal (b. 1950)
14th – Peter Phillips (b. 1977)
15th – Savannah Phillips (b. 2010)
16th – Isla Phillips (b. 2012)
17th – Zara Tindall (née Phillips; b. 1981)
18th – Mia Tindall (b. 2014)
19th – Baby girl Tindall (b. 18 June 2018)
20th – David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon (b. 1961)
The engagement was greeted with joy by her parents the Duke and Duchess of York, with Andrew summing up the feelings of the royal family with the words: ‘I’m absolutely overjoyed. I’m thrilled.’
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh also expressed their delight at the news, wishing their granddaughter and her fiance ‘all the best’.
Princess Eugenie’s ring features a padparadscha sapphire which is surrounded by 10 brilliant cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds, to give it an edge to the standard cluster.
Padparadscha is the name given to the corundum gem that bears a mixture of red and yellow, a sort of cross between a ruby and yellow sapphire.
This beautiful gem is sought-after and treasured by gemstone experts, considered the rarest and most valuable of all the corundum varieties.
Deborah Papas of , which features on Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, estimates the value of the ring: ‘With its carefully faceted cut and the set off with the whitest of white diamonds, this ring could easily be worth over £100,000.’
Every royal wedding that‘s taken place at St George‘s Chapel, Windsor Castle
and ‘s wedding is taking place at Windsor Castle – but they‘re not the first royal couple to have said their vows at the Queen‘s residence.
The bride and groom to be will be saying ‘I do‘ in front of 600 family and friends inside St George‘s Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday 19 May.
Windsor is expected to be flooded with crowds of people as fans gather to wish Harry and Meghan well.
Here is a list of all of the British royal couples in history who have married at Windsor Castle too (and while some may remember Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married in Windsor, they didn‘t marry in Windsor Castle – they instead tied the knot at the Guildhall in Windsor).
Prince Edward and Princess Alexandra
On 10 March 1863, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, the eldest son and successor of Queen Victoria, married Princess Alexandra of Denmark at St George‘s Chapel.
Princess Helena and Prince Christian
On 5 July 1866, Princess Helena, who was the third daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg at St George‘s Chapel.
Princess Louise and Marquess of Lorne
On 21 March 1871, Princess Louise, the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, married the Marquess of Lorne (later Duke of Argyll) at St George‘s Chapel.
Prince Arthur and Princess Louise Margaret
On 13 March 1879, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who was the third son of Queen Victoria, married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia at St George‘s Chapel.
Princess Frederica and Luitbert von Pawel Rammingen
On 24 March 1880, Princess Frederica of Hanover, the great-granddaughter of King George III, married Luitbert von Pawel Rammingen at St George‘s Chapel.
Prince Leopold and Princess Helena
On 27 April 1882, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, the youngest son of Queen Victoria, married Princess Helena of Waldeck-Pyrmont at St George‘s Chapel.
Princes Marie Louise and Prince Aribert
On 6 July 1891, Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (daughter of Princess Christian) married Prince Aribert of Anhalt at St George‘s Chapel.
Princess Alice and Prince Alexander
On 10 February 1904, Princess Alice of Albany (daughter of the Duke of Albany), married Prince Alexander of Teck (later Earl of Athlone) at St George‘s Chapel.
Princess Margaret and Prince Gustaf
On 15 June 1905, Princess Margaret of Connaught (daughter of the Duke of Connaught) married Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (later King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden) at St George‘s Chapel.
Prince Edward and Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones
On 19 June 1999, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, married Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones at St George‘s Chapel. Theirs was the first wedding to take place at the chapel for 94 years.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall
On 9 April 2005, divorcee Prince Charles married fellow divorcee Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall.
Charles‘ marriage had to be approved by the Queen, the government and the Church Of England as, given he is the future Supreme Governor of the Church Of England, his divorcee status was met with some caution.
They were set to marry at Windsor Castle in a civil ceremony followed by a religious blessing at St George‘s Chapel. However, Windsor Castle would have had to have applied for a licence for civil marriages, with one condition being that the venue must be available for civil marriages for a period of 12 months, which the royal family did not want.
The couple were therefore married at the town hall at Windsor Guildhall with Prince William and Tom Parker Bowles witnesses.
The Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh then joined for their religious blessing.
A reception was held at Windsor Castle for the newly married couple, arranged by the Queen.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly
On 17 May 2008, Peter Phillips, the son of Anne, Princess Royal and Mark Phillips, married Canadian Autumn Kelly at St George‘s Chapel.
Ahead of their marriage, Kelly converted from Roman Catholicism to join the Church of England. Had she remained Roman Catholic, Phillips would have lost his place in the current line of the succession to the throne, of which he is 14th, due to the terms of the 1701 Act Of Settlement.
They welcomed the Queen‘s first great-grandchild, Savannah Anne Kathleen, on 29 December 2010.
And two more to go…
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on 19 May at St George‘s Chapel at Windsor castle. Their special day will be the first royal wedding to take place there in 19 years, after Edward and Sophie‘s.
Princess Beatrice and Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will be marrying at St George‘s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Friday 12 October, just five months after Harry and Meghan.