Princess Eugenie has married her long-term partner Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor today! The two tied the knot at St George’s Chapel – where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in May. They met skiing in Switzerland back in 2010. BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said there were “lots of smiles and lots of nerves from the couple”. He said the bride kept breaking into a broad smile and the groom was delighted, but “both of them a little nervous too, their hands shaking together before they took their vows”.
The ceremony was packed with celebrities and royalties. 850 guests were invited and attended the ceremony, including Cara Delevingne and Robbie Williams.
The Princess’s wedding dress has been designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British based label Peter Pilotto, in London in 2007. The brand is known for its innovative textile design, paired with a modern feminine silhouette.
She met the designers when she was co-hosting an event in support of women artists. Her Royal Highness has been wearing designs by the brand for several years. Eugenie, Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos have worked closely together on the design of the dress. The designers undertook archive research into previous dresses worn by Members of the Royal Family and identified a silhouette.
During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train. The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.
The fabric was designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs. The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.
Once the artwork was completed, it was translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. The result is a very modern looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique.
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For her big day Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court.
The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942. The design is similar to the one Meghan Markle wore on her wedding day in May.
She finished off her look with diamond and emerald drop earrings which are a wedding gift from the groom and satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia.
The Wedding bouquet, created by floral designer Rob Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, consists of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.
Princess Eugenie’s hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane, Hari’s, with make-up by Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown.