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Your Guide to the Royal Wedding

Princess Eugenie of York, 28 - the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York - is getting married today. Her beau, Jack Brooksbank, is the brand ambassador for the tequila company co-founded by George Clooney.

When?

From 11am today

Where?

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle - the same place that Prince Harry and Meghan tied the knot.

The Service

The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will officiate and give the address - which is likely to be shorter than the one US Bishop Michael Curry gave at Harry and Meghan's wedding.

The wedding service will feature a personal prayer written by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, the UK's first black archbishop who recently announced his retirement.

Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli will perform two pieces during the service.

Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which the Duke of York is patron of, will also perform, with managing director James Williams saying it has been "a great pleasure" to help the couple choose the music.

James Vivian, director of music at St George's Chapel, has written descants for two hymns which will be sung.

There will also be a military feel to the service, including from the Household Division to reflect Mr Brooksbank's family history - his great-grandfather Sir Jack Coke was an officer in the Scots Guards.

State trumpeters from the Household Cavalry will perform a fanfare written especially for the occasion.

As the newlyweds leave the chapel they will walk past a line of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards - Prince Andrew is colonel of the regiment.

Pipers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland will play as they set off from a carriage ride through Windsor.

Royal Guests

Eugenie is ninth in line to the throne, so the immediate royal family should all be there for her big day.

The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan, and Eugenie's father Prince Andrew, her mother the Duchess of York and her sister Princess Beatrice should all be there.

While Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews will no doubt be invited, with Pippa's first child due in October they may or may not make it to the wedding.

Celebrities

One celebrity-turned-royal who will definitely be there is Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, with both Eugenie and Jack attending her royal wedding to Prince Harry earlier this year.

X-Factor judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, who have been good friends of Eugenie and her sister Beatrice for years, are also dead certs, with their daughter Teddy taking on a key role in the ceremony.

George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal Clooney could be attending their second royal wedding of the year, as Mr Brooksbanks works for the tequila brand set up by the Hollywood actor.

Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber could also be there as he set up Casamigos with Clooney.

Other rumoured celebrity attendees include singers James Blunt and Ellie Golding, model Cara Delevingne and Holly Branson, whose Necker Island wedding Eugenie attended six years ago, as well as her brother, Sam Branson.

Famous faces we could also see in the pews include Harry's ex, the model and actress Cressida Bonas - a close friend of Eugenie's - and actor Eddie Redmayne and his wife Hannah, who Eugenie used to hang out with while living in New York.

Models Karlie Kloss and Suki Waterhouse are friends of the princess, as are David and Victoria Beckham, with Eugenie allowing their daughter, Harper, to host her sixth birthday party at Buckingham Palace last July.

The Princess is also known to be friends with the grandsons of Nelson Mandela - Ndaba, 35, and Kweku Mandela, 33 - so it is possible they could also come over to the UK for the wedding, especially as their late grandfather's poignant words feature on the wedding invite.

The Dress

Eugenie's most famous fashion moment remains an electric blue fascinator worn to Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, but the ill-advised headwear should soon be eclipsed by her choice of wedding dress.

While her choice of designer is top secret, Eugenie is known to be a huge fan of Canadian-born designer Erdem Moralioglu.

A lover of bold print, she wore a floral shift dress by the London-based designer for her official engagement photos.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have made Erdem the 2-1 favourite.

Although she has not confirmed the designer, she told Vogue she knew the designer and the look "straight away", after they announced their wedding.

Eugenie is also a fan of structured designs, wearing a chic wrap dress from London label Osman at this year's Royal Ascot.

The princess also successfully worked a Stella cape-dress for the Queen's 92nd birthday earlier this year, making an off-the-shoulder dress and cape combo a possibility for the wedding.

Another label in the running is Gainsborough - set up by a former Vogue art director, Caroline Breteau, and Sam Dougal, formerly of Alexander McQueen. Eugenie wore a powder blue 1960s style dress from the London tailoring and couture label to Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding.

Whoever she chooses, there is little doubt it will be a high-fashion designer, and knowing the princess' style, we are likely to see a bold eye-catching design on Eugenie's big day.

She may also wear the York tiara, designed for her mother in 1986 for her wedding day.

The Planning

It was tricky finding a date that worked for all the busy royals, with the Queen often spending August and September at her Balmoral estate and Prince Harry and Meghan due to jet off to Sydney for the Invictus Games which start on 20 October.

Prince Andrew described the scheduling of the date as "complicated", but they finally managed to settle on one that worked.

Mother-of-the-bride, Sarah the Duchess of York, who has been helping Eugenie with the planning, described her daughter as "very controlled".

"She is so sorted. She knows exactly what she wants", Sarah said in an interview on The One Show.

Despite saying that the whole thing is "nerve-wracking because you want it to be perfect", Eugenie says she has not got "stressed at all" during the prep.

The Engagement

The couple got engaged during a holiday in Nicaragua in January 2018, when Jack got down on one knee to propose in front of a volcano and a lake as the sun was setting.

Eugenie, ninth in line to the throne, said his proposal - framed by "the setting sun, a volcano and birds flying" - was a "complete surprise".

She called it the "perfect moment".

Wedding Invites

Eugenie and Jack's wedding invites feature a philosophical quote from Nelson Mandela, the late anti-apartheid leader and South African president.

Monogrammed with the couple's initials in a gold leaf, the quote reads: "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

Mr Mandela, who died in 2013, was on first name terms with the Queen, who he met on several occasions.

Credit: Sky News


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