Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex arrived at the royal wedding in Windsor on Friday when their cousin, Princess Eugenie of York, prepared to marry her common boyfriend for a long time in a discrete repetition of the nuptials that enchanted the world when Harry married his American girlfriend Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May.
The reunited guests are waiting for the bride, but Meghan wore a navy blue outfit and a navy blue Givenchy outfit with a matching fascinator.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the grandparents of the bride, entered the church with a trumpet and sat down.
The real bride may not be so well known outside of Britain, let alone her boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, a former bartender turned representative of the tequila brand, but a royal wedding is still something in the UK and the old city Windsor was ready to celebrate.
Even before dawn, hours before the ceremony began in the Chapel of St. George, inside the gates of the castle, people gathered in the narrow streets adorned with flags in front of the souvenir shops full of real wedding trinkets ( although most of them showed Harry and Meghan). ).
The wind was described as gusty, which has been a problem for the guests and the elaborate hats that are required for the head at a royal wedding.
Celebrities among the guests were among the first to arrive, including Chelsy Davy, the ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry, who is very close to Eugenie. Liv Tyler, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell were also seen entering the church. Cara Delevingne and Demi Moore were also there.
Harry and Meghan came to applaud, as did Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge, who wore a claret dress.
Eugenie's uncle, the youngest son of the queen, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were among the first royals to arrive with their son James, Viscount Severn. Your daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, will be at the bridal party.
They were followed by Eugenie's aunt, Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, and their daughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, and their son, Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn.
The guests arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenia and Jack Brooksbank in St. George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, near London, on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Aaron Chown / Pool / via AP)
Large posters at the castle box office welcomed people to the wedding, but many of the week's visitors seemed unaware of what was about to happen, the Associated Press reported.
"I'm not interested," said Michael Taylor, a drummer from Chicago who toured the imposing castle on Wednesday, but knew nothing about the wedding. "I do not know anything about her, if she happened to be with me right now, I would not even know."
Eugenie, 28, and one of Harry's cousins, is the youngest daughter of the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and sister of Princess Beatrice, 30 years old. Sarah wore a dress and a green hat Kelly, while Beatrice wore a royal blue dress with bare shoulders and a fascinator in the style of a headband.
Eugenie and her sister are among the eight grandchildren of the queen, 92, and her husband, Prince Felipe, 97, who led the extended royal family at the wedding. Philip is frail and is still recovering from a hip surgery, but walked helplessly behind his wife to the church. The queen was dressed in a pale blue coat and a dress suit and a hat.
Eugenie is going to marry her seven-year-old boyfriend, James "Jack" Brooksbank, 32, the common son of an accountant. Former manager of a celebrity nightclub in London, he now works as European manager of the George Clooney Casamigos Tequila brand.
On the eve of the wedding the couple was interviewed at ITV, who is conducting the wedding live in the United Kingdom. Eugenie said she is so excited about the wedding that she will "run down the hall".
A view of Windsor Castle, in Windsor, west of London, on October 10, 2018, two days before Princess Eugenia is ready to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in the Chapel of St. George. (Photo: ANDY RAIN / EPA-EFE)
Special guests representing British charities began to gather inside the castle gates near the chapel, where they will see the guests and the wedding party arrive, listen to a live broadcast of the ceremony and see the bride and groom leave the chapel later.
Some of the more than 800 guests and 1,200 special guests representing charities It started arriving around 4 a.m. ET, two hours before the start of the ceremony.
Clooney and his wife, Amal, who attended the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan in the Chapel of St. George on May 19, were expected at the nuptials of Eugenie and Jack, although this was still in the air at the last minute.
But Harry and Meghan will leave early to take a long flight to Australia early Sunday for the start of their two-week Down Under tour.
The two oldest sons of Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, will serve as criminals and their maid of honor, their third family wedding in 15 months. Wearing white suits, the children seemed animated and excited.
The only senior member of the family that is not expected is Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of Prince Charles, Eugenie's uncle, who had a prior planned commitment in a school in Scotland.
All eyes will naturally focus on the bride's haute couture dress as usual, as well as the dresses of her sister Beatrice, her maid of honor, and her mother, the irrepressible redheaded duchess still known as "Fergie". A flock of other small members of royalty will also be among the bridesmaids and the boys on the page. Enchanted the reunited. Eugenie will be walked down the aisle by her father, 58 years old.
As it happened at the previous wedding, the ceremony will be followed by a 15-minute procession through Windsor in a shorter version of the procession of carriages that Harry and Meghan had.
Princess Eugenie and her former boyfriend Jack Brooksbank are getting married after more than six years together.
After the procession, families will gather at the White Drawing Room in the castle to take official photos. Guests will attend a luncheon offered by the queen at the castle, followed by an evening reception hosted by Eugenie's parents at Royal Lodge on the castle estate.
The Sussex wedding had two receptions, one organized by the queen and another organized by Prince Charles that night. Eugenie and Jack will have a two-day reception, with an all-day festival-style event scheduled for Saturday at the Royal Lodge.
After the wedding, Eugenie, who works for an art gallery in London, is expected to keep her royal title, Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie, but probably add Ms. Jack Brooksbank.
This wedding was meant to be much less noisy than the worldwide nuptials of Harry and Meghan, so the amount of booty Eugenie and Jack available for purchase has been greatly reduced in comparison.
"They're going to be t-shirts and some cups, some people have been asking for it, but compared to Harry-Meghan, it's not that big," Salman Khan said at The King and Queen gift shop. Eugenie's articles have been difficult to find because only a few suppliers are making them, he added.
"This is different, but it's still pretty good for the city," Khan said. "The whole town is still excited, it's going to be a good day for everyone," he said.
Security has been omnipresent in the days leading up to the wedding, thanks to the presence of so many celebrities and members of the royal family.
Police teams searched and sealed water drains near the castle, and sniffer dogs sniffed explosives in shops, restaurants and tea rooms frequented by tourists.
The royal family is paying for the wedding, but the anti-monarchical Republic group is pressuring Parliament to avoid spending public money on security or other costs related to the wedding.
But that will not be overlooked in Windsor, the city that surrounds the almost 1,000-year-old castle that is the seat of the Royal Windsor dynasty to which Eugenie belongs. The popularity of the royal family is higher than ever, and the wedding of Harry and Meghan helped attract more tourists in recent months.
"We are receiving many American, Chinese and Spanish visitors," said Jag Khaira at the Nell Gwynn Tea Room. "Many tourists do not even know about this wedding on Friday, but it will attract crowds and it should be a good day for us."
Contributing: The Associated Press
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