On Friday the 12th of October, Princess Eugenie Helena of York tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank, making this the second royal wedding of the year, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married recently in May.
Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, is currently ninth in line of succession and is never expected to reign. She is the sixth grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Due to her childhood battle with scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to bend, she
underwent surgery when she was twelve in order have two metal rods inserted into her back.
This is what led her to become a Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where
she has taken part in charity campaigns, including Nightrider, a 100km bike ride through
The open-backed dress she wore for her big day revealed the scar Eugenie gained from
scoliosis. In an interview leading up to the wedding, Eugenie addressed the decision to have
her scar on display, commenting, “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can
show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.” It is rumoured that
she spent an amount equal to Meghan Markle’s dress.
Jack Brooksbank is the son of an accountant, making him the second commoner to enter the
royal family this year. However, he does have royal connections, having descended from the
Brooksbank baronets. He is a manager of the nightclub Mahiki, and a European
representative for George Clooney’s company, Casamigos Tequila.
In an interview before the wedding, Brooksbank admitted, “I’ll need to take a few minutes for
myself before the speeches, because I’m terrified. It’s very exciting, but I’m a little bit
The wedding was host to a variety of celebrity guests, such as Liv Tyler, Kate Moss, Cara
Delevingne (who shocked social media by turning up in a suit), to name a few. Robbie
Williams also attended with his wife Ayda Field and their daughter, Theodora, who was a
Eugenie and Jack were married in in front of roughly 850 people. Another 12,000 members
of the public listened to a live broadcast in the grounds of the castle, after being selected by
Will and Kate, Harry and Meghan, as well as the Queen and Prince Philip were all in
attendance for Princess Eugenie’s big day.
After the ceremony, the couple headed off for an afternoon reception in St George’s Hall.