Ahead of their upcoming royal tour, Meghan and Harry joined other members of the royal family at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding ceremony
The Sussexes tied the knot in the same chapel in May. Memories of their own magical wedding came flooding back to me as they arrived in St George’s Chapel.
Meghan and Harry joined 850 guests at the chapel this morning including tons of A-listers. Besides Eugenie’s royal family members, there were musicians, socialites, models, and actors. From Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss to James Blunt and Demi Moore.
In addition to their friends and family inside the chapel, Jack and Eugenie invited 1,200 members of the public and representatives from charities and organizations supported by the couple to celebrate inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Buckingham Palace announced via an official statement that attendees would be able to view the arrival of the congregation and members of the royal family, listen to a live broadcast of the marriage service and watch as the bride and groom depart St George’s Chapel at the end of the ceremony.
A video from the arrival:
The proposal was announced on January 22 via the royal family’s Twitter account. The happy couple got engaged while in Nicaragua earlier that month.
The couple reportedly met in Verbier, Switzerland. They started dating seven years ago after connecting in the Swiss resort town. The pair has even made dating long-distance work. They stayed together when Eugenie moved to New York City briefly for her career.
In Vogue’s September issue, Princess Eugenie revealed that her sister Beatrice would be her maid of honour.
“When we were younger, I always used to make her go into parties first,I’d hide behind her and she’d make the first move, then I’d get louder and louder as she made me more confident. We bring each other back to earth all the time. We’re very lucky.”
Six bridesmaids and two pageboys were also chosen by the couple. Prince George and Louis de Givenchy served as pageboys while Princess Charlotte, Savannah Philips, Isla Philips, Mia Tindall, Maud Windsor, and Theodora Williams, the daughter of Robbie Williams and Ayda Field served as bridesmaids. The bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids. The design incorporated the Mark Bradford artwork included in the Order of Service.
A video from their arrival
Before the wedding Eugenie hinted that her wedding decorations would be plastic-free. “It’s been eye-opening. “My whole house is anti-plastic now–and Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well,” Eugenie said – and so it was.
As for her floral arrangements that decorated the church the couple chose Van Helden to provide it.
On Van Helden’s website, he explains why flowers are such a crucial detail at weddings.
“Your wedding should be the most special day of your life when you are walking on air and caught up in the romance and fairy tale of true love. Flowers are naturally part of that fairy tale, and RVH offers the quintessence of your own fairy tale come true. We provide a personalized service that ensures that all aspects of your wedding day will look exquisite and afford you the best possible memories.”
A video of Princess Eugenie arriving at the wedding. She arrived with her father Prince Andrew, The Duke of York in a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI.
Meghan was seen having a lovely chat with Princess Anne inside the church while waiting for the bride to arrive.
A nice shot of the bride with her father
Eugenie’s wedding dress featured several symbols that are important to her, including a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, the York Rose, and ivy. The dress was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
Princess Eugenie had a major surgery on her back to treat a curvature of the spine at the age of 12 – today she chose to wear a dress that showed her scar, saying she hoped it would honor those who had helped her and inspire others with the condition of scoliosis.
The Queen lent her the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara for the wedding. Her choice surprised many royal watchers who had predicted she would wear the York Diamond Tiara — the one her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, wore on her own wedding day in 1986.
The Greville tiara was created by the Parisian jewelry house Boucheron for Dame Margaret Greville in 1919.She was very with the royal family and left the tiara to the Queen Mother (then known as Queen Elizabeth) when she died in 1942. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, the tiara was passed down to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Eugenie wore the Greville tiara without a veil, an unusual choice for royal brides.
The bouquet was created by Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, and was arranged in a teardrop shape, the arrangement included lily of the valley, stephanotis pips, baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.
“The use of myrtle is a tradition for royal brides dating back to Queen Victoria, who was given a posy containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother on a visit to Germany. A myrtle sprig from that posy was planted at Osborne House, the family retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and it remains there to this day. Both Kate and Meghan’s bouquets included sprigs from the Osborne House myrtle, as well as the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947, and that of Eugenie’s mother.”
Click here to view the order of service. The 20-page booklet includes details of when the wedding party starts, the history of St George’s Chapel, as well as information on the hymns, songs, prayers, readings and music
Eugenie’s wedding band was gifted by the Queen and created from gold.
And of course, a kiss for the newlyweds
The ceremony was followed by a carriage procession that kicked off at 12:00 p.m.
The royal family gathered outside to wave them off.
A sweet moment between Harry and Meghan
A video showing us Meghan and Harry departing:
Wish them a lifetime of happiness and joy
Meghan really seems to be quite enamored with all things Givenchy! From her unforgettable wedding dress to her first solo royal engagement, Meghan has enlisted the talents of brand on numerous occasions and it’s unsurprising then that she opted a bespoke navy coat and dress by Givenchy when attending today’s wedding.
She matched it with a custom piece by London-based milliner Noel Stewart.
She carried a Givenchy GV3 small suede and leather cross-body bag.
And a pair of Prada Leather Gloves
And she wore her navy Manolo Blahnik BB pumps.
She accessorized her outfit with a pair of 18-karat gold Herkimer diamond earrings.
Meghan’s gold diamond rings, bracelet, and earrings are all by Pippa Small.
Pippa also tweeted about Meghan’s choice, revealing that she was delighted to see Meghan wearing so many pieces from the collection, including a matching bracelet and earring studs:
An amazing day!