Royal fans have a lot to celebrate this year as the second royal wedding between princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank has already taken place. Just like the Harry and Meghans nuptial, their church ceremony was held inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle while their nighttime reception took place at Royal Lodge in Windsor.
A household name in the United Kingdom, Princess Eugenie alongside her sister are renowned for the flamboyant hat that they wore to Prince William and Kate Middletons nuptial and is the third of the queens four granddaughters. She was also the first royal baby to have a public christening. Her husband, Brooksbank, 31, is the son of an accountant and grew up in British aristocratic circles. He did not attend college, though, and instead worked in the restaurant and bar industry. He is currently the manager of the posh nightclub Mahiki, and is a brand representative for George Clooneys company, Casamigos Tequila. It is said that the two lovebirds have been together for more than seven years. We are always keen to check out how special the royal weddings are and here is how different Eugenies wedding was from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
1. The Timing
This is the most obvious difference between the two celebrations. While Meghan and Harrys big day was on a Saturday morning around noon in the springtime, Eugenie and Jacks wedding took place on a Friday morning in October.
4. THEIR RECEPTION
While Eugenie and Jacks festivities lasted for two days, which comprised of the ceremony, fairgrounds as well as an afternoon tea, Prince Harry and Meghan had two receptions one which was a very private affair. The Queen hosted a wedding reception at Windsor Castle, and later on, another reception was held at the York’s Windsor family home called the Royal Lodge.
The Royal Lodge was special given the fact that this is the place where the York family reside and Princess Eugenie spent much of her childhood in the area, making the venue a heartfelt one not only for the bride, but her entire family.
5. THE GUEST DRESS CODE
While at Meghan and Harry’s wedding the male guests were allowed to wear “lounge suits,” none of that happened at Eugenie’s. Guys had to wear morning suits, which have an S-shaped coat. In addition, the duo had a much larger guest list.
6. THE COST
When it comes to cost, Prince Harry and Meghans nuptial exceeded Eugenie’s wedding. It is said that Prince Harry and Meghans wedding clocked in at nearly $45 million, a sum that was partially covered by the palace. Reportedly, this cost the taxpayer a whooping $40 million just for security. Eugenie’s nuptial was said to be $2.5 million celebration and there is a bit of controversy in what the public was expected to pay in as far as security measures are concerned despite the fact that Eugenie is not one of the main royals.
7. THE DRESS
While Meghan settled for a Givenchy wedding gown designed by Brit Clare Waight Keller, Eugenie went with a nearly off-shoulder gown by Peter Pilotto and shoes by Charlotte Olympia. And when it comes to the veil, unlike Meghans, which was the talk of town, Eugenie ditched it in favor of highlighting her gown’s plunging back and proudly showing off the scars from her childhood scoliosis back surgery.
8. THE MAID OF HONOR
Meghan, being the diplomat that she is, chose not to have a maid of honor because she couldn’t choose between her friends. How sweet! Plus, Meghan and her half-sister Samantha Markle weren’t exactly on speaking terms so that wasn’t really an option.
But what’s just as sweet as Meghan not choosing between her friends is who Eugenie picked to be her maid of honorher sister, Princess Beatrice, of course!
12. THE TIARAS
Considering that Meghan isn’t royal, she didn’t have any spare tiaras lying around so she borrowed the Queen Mary Filigree tiara, which Queen Elizabeth II inherited in 1953. While it was predicted that Eugenie would wear the York tiara, which her mother wore when she married Prince Andrew, she opted for an emerald one that she borrowed from the Queen.