Saturday, 13 October 2018

UPDATED: George & Charlotte Feature in Princess Eugenie's Wedding Portraits!

As newlyweds Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank enjoy the second day of their wedding celebrations at the Yorks' home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor, the couple selected four official photos from the day taken by British fashion and portrait photographer Alex Bramall in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their fellow page boys and bridesmaids for images taken after the ceremony.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

The wedding marked one of only a few public occasions we've seen Prince Philip attend recently. There was much speculation as to whether or not he would attend. Not only was he by the Queen's side to support his granddaughter, he buried the hatchet and posed beside Sarah, Duchess of York for the official photos. Since Andrew and Sarah's divorce, it is well known Philip has been at pains to avoid his former daughter-in-law. Weddings bring people together, and yesterday the family was firmly focused on making the day special for Eugenie and Jack.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

Below a closer look at the Cambirdge children. In the first photo, the children are all looking a bit tired (Mia Tindall's expression is priceless). The second photo features smiles all round; George is in excellent spirits and Charlotte looks cute as a button with her feet crossed.

In the third photo, the couple are pictured in the Scottish State Coach upon its return to Windsor Castle following the Carriage Procession.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

And last but not least, a photo of the newlyweds taken at the Royal Lodge ahead of the evening reception offers a look at the bride in her second wedding dress. The blush silk gown was created by American designer Zac Posen, who was a guest at the wedding. Mr Posen was inspired by the beauty of Windsor and the surrounding countryside. The choice of colour reflects the blush of an English rose. Mr Posen also took inspiration from the White Rose of York. The pin-tucked plissĂ© is cut on the bias and mixed with signature drapes. The White Rose of York is subtlety embroidered on both the shoulder and back which hold together the cape. The silk for the gown comes from Biddle Sawyer Silk. The timeless gown has a very 'Old Hollywood' feel to it.

The Royal Family/Alex Bramall

Zac Posen arriving with Demi Moore for the wedding.

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Eugenie wore the emerald and diamond earrings from the ceremony; they were a gift from the groom and perfectly complemented the Greville Kokoshnik Tiara.

The sparkling tiara wasn't the only loan from Her Majesty. For her evening look, the Queen provided Eugenie with a hair slide belonging to Her Majesty. Queen Victoria’s Wheat-Ear Brooches were originally commissioned by William IV in 1830 for Queen Adelaide. They were passed down to Queen Victoria in 1837, and eventually to the Queen in 1952. Her Majesty has worn them as both hair slides and brooches.

Alex Bramall previously photographed Princess Eugenie for Harper’s Bazaar US in 2016. Eugenie chose the Erdem floral dress from the shoot for the engagement announcement. In 2014, he set up his own studio. Since that time his work has been published internationally in titles such as Vogue, Vogue Russia, Vanity Fair, Vanity Fair Spain and Mexico, Harper’s Bazaar US, Harper’s Bazaar UK and Porter Magazine. Mr Bramall said: "It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to photograph Princess Eugenie and Jack on this most special of days. I look forward with great excitement to capturing this significant occasion and wish them both a happy future together."

Harper's Bazaar

As mentioned earlier in the post, the second day of celebrations are continuing today. The Telegraph reports:

'The Princess, who is named after Victoria’s granddaughter, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, insisted on a Victoriana theme for Saturday's festival-inspired second afternoon of celebrations, complete with Ferris wheel and coconut shy. Food trucks served everything from pulled pork sliders to Cornish fish and chips, rounded off with cup cakes, ice cream and candyfloss as guests partied from 2pm to 2am.
The family’s gardener described it as “one hell of a party”. Bloody Marys were served to help guests recover from the night before, where Robbie Williams gave an impromptu performance.'

In keeping with royal tradition, Eugenie's bouquet was placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. This is a tradition which was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War. The bouquet was designed by Patrice van Helden Oakes and comprises Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses, trailing ivy and myrtle.

Click here to read yesterday's full post on the wedding. Kate was in raspberry pink McQueen.

UPDATE: Princess Eugenie released an additional portrait, with a smiling Princess Charlotte adorably stealing the show, via her Instagram account. "Jack and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making our day so special and for all the wonderful wishes as we start married life laughing together."

What do you think of the portraits?

Friday, 12 October 2018

Kate in Raspberry Pink McQueen Dress & George and Charlotte in Starring Role for Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's Windsor Wedding!

It was a blustery autumn morning in Windsor for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding. 

The Duke and Duchess joined 850 guests at St George's Chapel this morning, including a host of well-known faces such as Demi Moore, Stephen Fry, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. 

An arrival video of  the Cambridges and Sussexes.

A lovely photo of the Duchess.

Less than five months after Harry and Meghan's wedding, George and Charlotte once again returned to Windsor for page boy and bridesmaid duties. These two could do this in their sleep by now!

As always, plenty of adorable waves from Princess Charlotte.

They joined a very royal bridal party, including Savannah and Isla Phillips, Mia Tindall, Maud Windsor (daughter of Freddie and Sophie Windsor who attends Thomas's Battersea with George), Robbie William's daughter Theodora, and Louis de Givenchy. The Earl and Countess of Wessex's children Louise and James were special attendants. Nanny Maria was on hand to help organise the children after they arrived.

The bridal party arriving.

The floral displays were created by Rob van Helder using foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries. The designs reflected the rich and vibrant tones of autumn and also included Liquidambar trees. The floral designer said: "It has been the greatest privilege and honour to create the flowers for Princess Eugenie and Jack, on their Wedding day. Her Royal Highness has been very involved from the start and has been instrumental in the autumnal theme."

Pippa Matthews, who is due her first baby later this month, was also in attendance.

Maid of honour Princess Beatrice wearing Ralph and Russo, and mother of the bride Sarah, Duchess of York, who carried the same purse her late mother wore for her wedding to Prince Andrew.

George and Savannah enjoying a spot of fun.

Her Majesty and Prince Philip were in great spirits.

The Royal family enjoyed chatting as they awaited the bride's arrival.

William and Kate were spotted holding hands.

The bride travelled to St George's Chapel with Prince Andrew in a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI.

It's the same car Kate and Michael Middleton travelled in to Westminster Abbey from the Goring in 2011.

Eugenie smiled and waved as she turned to face the cameras.

The scene outside St George's Chapel.

Eugenie and Jack have been together for over seven years. The pair announced their engagement in January, choosing Windsor as the venue because it's been a place Eugenie spent much of her childhood. Jack works as a brand ambassador for George's Clooney's tequila company Casamigos, which the actor recently sold to Diageo.

During a pre-wedding interview aired this morning, the groom described Eugenie as a "bright, shining light". Eugenie, who recalled meeting him on a Swiss skiing trip said it was "love at first sight", adding: "I thought, 'what a silly hat!' and I thought, 'who’s that?' and then you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous. I think I rang my mum that night and said 'I’ve met this guy Jack'...and that was it I think about how it started. Jack’s the kind of guy, you know when you’re lost at a party and you can’t find anyone to talk to, and you start panicking and you need help? He’ll walk in and make everyone feel so special."

The order of service can be viewed here. The Palace said: "The Service is from the 1928 Prayer Book Service. Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank have taken great care and interest in bringing together the content of their service, working closely with the Dean of Windsor and all others involved."

Guests enjoyed performances by Andrea Boccelli.

Princess Beatrice gave a reading from The Great Gatsby.

Eugenie read the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary masterpiece shortly after meeting Jack and said the passage where Nick describes Jay Gatsby's smile "immediately reminded" her of Jack.

During his address, the Dean of Windsor said: "Of course we know that the very best of desires and intentions can be frustrated, and that marriages, even between the kindest and most careful people, can founder because of pressures unforeseen. The miracle however is that, in generation after generation, so many of us go on hoping that the keeping of the promise will be possible.  It is as if we know that it is in the exchange of self-forgetful love that we human beings understand, you might say, just what we were made for. It is with that hope in their hearts that these two people have come here today, and have made their unqualified promises "in the face of this congregation"; their families and friends and neighbours. In doing so, they have of course revealed the seriousness of their intent, but also something more.  They have acknowledged their need of your support and your encouragement; they want you to believe in them. By being here today, you have given them a kind of "reassurance" for which, I know, they will be genuinely grateful."

Eugenie's wedding band was created from gold gifted by the Queen.

A kiss for the newlyweds.

Mr and Mrs Brooksbank!

William and Kate after the service.

The Duchess chatting with the Countess of Wessex.

Afterwards, the newlyweds travelled in the Scottish State Carriage for a short procession.

The royals wave the newlyweds off.

An overview.

The Royal family departing.

Princess Eugenie was a beautiful bride in a bespoke gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the British-based label Peter Pilotto, in London in 2007. The brand is known for its innovative textile design, paired with a modern feminine silhouette. Eugenie and the designers worked closely together on the creation of the dress. The designers undertook archive research into previous dresses worn by members of the Royal family and identified a perfect silhouette.

During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full-length train.

The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie, who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis. She has been widely praised for choosing to show her scars on her big day.

More from the Palace:

'The fabric was designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs. The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home.
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos have reinterpreted these symbols in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend. Once the artwork was completed, it was translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. The result is a very modern looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique.'

The Queen loaned her granddaughter a beautiful tiara for the day - the Queen Mother's Greville Kokoshnik Tiara. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court. The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavĂ© set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942. Eugenie's emerald and diamond earrings were a gift from the groom.

The Wedding bouquet, created by floral designer Rob van Helden's sister, Patrice van Helden Oakes, consists of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy. Sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House are also included in the bouquet. The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today. The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858.

The bridesmaids' dresses and pageboys' uniforms by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids.

The design incorporates artwork by American abstract artist Mark Bradford and was included in the order of service.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Wedding Cake, a red velvet and chocolate cake designed by London-based baker Sophie Cabot, was inspired by the rich colours of autumn.

The Duchess selected a raspberry pink bespoke Alexander McQueen dress for the wedding. The long-sleeved dress features ruching at the neckline and waist and a paperbag skirt.

The style and silhouette encompassed elements from Kate's bespoke Trooping the Colour looks in both 2017 and 2018. We see the same neckline and paperbag skirt in the soft pink style the Duchess wore, and the defined shoulders from this year's Trooping look also served as inspiration for this look.

Kate's hat is by milliner Philip Treacy.

A closer look.

The Duchess accessorised with the Queen's Diamond Pendant earrings.

The Duchess completed the look with a new pair of Prada velvet pumps. The $630 pair are described: "For its Fall-Winter 2017 collection, Prada puts velvet at the forefront with the design of these burgundy velvet pumps. These pointy-toed, stiletto-heeled shoes will effortlessly add a feminine touch to daytime outfits."

Wishing Jack and Eugenie a lifetime of happiness!

Guests will now enjoy a reception at the Yorks' home, the Royal Lodge. Celebrations are expected to continue tomorrow. We can expect to see official photos released over the next several days.

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