- Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is officially underway.
- Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
- It features a fitted bodice, full-pleated skirt, a neckline that folds around the shoulders, a low back, and a long, flowing train.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank is officially underway at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – and her dress is stunning.
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The dress, which was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos and developed “layer by layer,” features a fitted bodice, full-pleated skirt, and neckline that folds around the shoulders.
It also has a low back – a request from Princess Eugenie, who had surgery at the age of 12 to correct scoliosis, which left a scar on her upper back – and a long, flowing train.
Instead of a veil, Her Royal Highness opted for the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, made of brilliant- and rose-cut diamonds pavé-set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side.
The tiara was owned by the Queen Mother and lent to her by Queen Elizabeth.
Eugenie chose diamond and emerald drop earrings, a wedding gift from Brooksbank.
There are a number of meaningful symbols in the fabric of the dress, according to the Royal Family website, including a thistle for Scotland marking the couple’s love of Balmoral, a shamrock as a nod to Eugenie’s Irish Ferguson family, and the York rose and ivy, to symbolize the couple’s home.
The symbols have been made into “a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.”
Her bouquet, meanwhile, was created by floral designer Rob Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes. It consists of lily of the valley, stephanotis pips, hints of baby-blue thistles, white spray roses, and trailing ivy, as well as sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House.
Carrying myrtle is a tradition that started when Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, married in 1858.
Princess Eugenie wore satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia, which are not visible in photos.
According to the palace, Princess Eugenie met the designers when she was cohosting an event in support of female artists and the three “worked closely together on the design of the dress.”
Following the ceremony, which is being conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the couple will make a short carriage procession around Windsor, which will offer some members of the public a glimpse of the newly married couple.
The queen will then host a private reception for friends and family at Windsor Castle before the newlyweds make their way to Windsor Lodge for a second reception hosted by the Duke and Duchess of York (Princess Eugenie’s parents).