Today, Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II tied the knot to her longtime beau, Jack Brooksbank in a ceremony at Windsor Castle. The Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie was sadly overshadowed by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s May nuptials, however, Princess Eugenie pulled out all the stops to stand out. From a STUNNING emerald tiara to 850 A-list guests, the ceremony was traditional and lovely. I’m sharing a fashion recap and the best and worst dressed guests at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie Fashion Recap
Princess Eugenie opted for a fitted gown designed by Peter Pilloto and Christopher De Vos. The dress featured a beautifully fitted bodice, showing off her waistline, and a dramatic full pleated skirt. The neckline folded around her shoulders into a deep low back. Princess Eugenie specifically asked the designers for a low back design to showcase her scar from a scoliosis operation she had when she was 12.
My first reaction was that I was disappointed she didn’t have an ethereal veil, but her reasoning behind it is so touching and lovely. It’s a statement to women everywhere to own your scars and birthmarks and be proud of your journey. Looking back, I also think the lack of a veil allowed the dramatic ruffles and low back to shine. “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that,” said Princess Eugenie.
The fabric was designed at Pilotto’s and De Vos’ London studio, and featured symbols that reflect the couple’s history. A thistle for their attachment to Scotland and Balmoral, and a Shamrock for the mother-of-the-bride’s Irish background, and an Ivy and York Rose to represent the couple’s current home. The jacquard fabric was a blend of silk, cotton and viscose and produced in Como, Italy.
We didn’t get to see Princess Eugenie’s shoes, however, she wore a pair of satin peep-toe pumps from Charlotte Olympia, a contemporary favourite from the UK.
The real showcase of the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie was her stunning emerald tiara. For her wedding day, the Queen loaned her the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. The piece was designed in 1919 by Boucheron for Margaret Greville, who gifted the tiara to the Queen in 1942. The “kokoshnik” style was popular in the Russian Royal court, and features 6 emeralds on the side, with diamonds set in platinum. Princess Eugenie also wore emerald earrings that were a wedding gift from her husband. The accessories really made this look. The beautiful emeralds are very lovely for the fall season and brought out her auburn hair. It was such a stunning signature that will make people remember her fashion choices for years to come.
Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie Beauty Look
Finally, a royal wedding where the Princess wears blush. Meghan’s skin was dewy and beautiful, but it lacked a pop of colour, same goes for Kate. Princess Eugenie’s beauty look for her wedding was classic and fresh. I also loved her modern bold brows (a nod to pal, Cara Delevingne?) and her smokey eye look.
Princess Eugenie hired Hannah Martin, a pro makeup artist for Bobbi Brown in the UK, who also worked with Kate Middleton for her 2011 nuptials.
Princess Eugenie’s hairstyle, created by hairstylist Sonny-Jo MacFarlane from Hari’s in London was the perfect undone updo. While Meghan Markle’s one rogue hair inspired tweets, I found Eugenie’s hairstyle to be more polished and showcased the tiara beautifully.
Best Dressed at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie
Many guests picked up on the deep indigo purple colour scheme, that echoed the rich carpet and Brooksbanks’ vest. Rich emerald greens were also a recurring theme as well, complimenting Princess Eugenie’s tiara.
Both Middleton sisters looked fabulous at Princess Eugenie’s wedding. tthe Duchess of Cambridge opted for a beautiful custom Alexander McQueen gown and velvet Prada pumps, while Pippa Middleton opted for a lovely emerald green dress. At 9 months pregnant, Pippa looked very beautiful in this flattering frock.
Poppy Delevingne wore an elegant light blue lace dress and matching coat, Louboutin heels and topped off with a large feather hat. I wish she opted for a more simple fascinator (i.e. have shorter feathers) but I love this ensemble on its own.
Dutch model Rianne ten Haken stunned in this chic ensemble. I love the rust dress and that coat. She looks so effortless and modern.
Cara Delevingne stole the show in this top hat. She broke Royal dress code by wearing an Armani tuxedo to the wedding, and even had a toothpick in her mouth. It made quite the sartorial statement, and even captioned her look on Instagram with “Showing up the lads.” That she did.
My number one best-dressed guest at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie was Naomi Campbell. This elegant black and white textured frock from Ralph & Russo was all sorts of fierce, especially with her gravity-defying hat and long leather gloves. Just like Amal at the previous Royal Wedding, this look was miles ahead of the other guests.
Worst Dressed at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie
To be honest, there weren’t a lot of fashion mishaps at this event. There were some looks that underwhelmed me.
Both mother-of-the-bride Sarah Ferguson and sister-of-the-bride, narrowly missed the mark. I like Fergie’s green dress, however the hat makes her look like a Slytherin mom at a Quidditch match. Don’t you guys see the snitch? I like Princess Beatrice’s Ralph & Russo dress too, but I don’t get why her shoes and hat are a shade and tone off. The right accessories would have knocked this out of the park, but I do like that both their looks were on theme. So not worst-dressed, but I expected a little more from both of them, being in the direct spotlight.
Meghan Markle also underwhelmed – and distracted at the same time. Is she or isn’t she? The Givenchy coat was an interesting choice but I really liked her fascinator and slick monochrome look. But a little boring. Maybe a spicier shoe (a metallic? nude?) would have made things… or if she went with a more dramatic cape instead of this overcoat that might be hiding a royal bump. I don’t like fuelling this rumour machine, but you can’t help but wonder! Was a coat even necessary? Again an elegant cape or blazer would have upgraded this look.
While I like the classic Ferragamo bow pumps, this look worn by Emma Joy Kitchener is a big no for me. The white tights scream ballet class and she looks like she’s wearing a bear on her head.
I get that yellow is the it-colour this season, however this yellow and mustard stripe dress worn by socialite Heatther Kerzner is another miss for me, especially paired with the campy yellow net fascinator. The studded, metallic Valentino bag is also another huge miss. There’s just a lot going on here.
So I’m trying to identify Chelsy Davy’s friend in this periwinkle blue jumpsuit and newsboy cap that just screams Britney circa 2001. OMG. Why. Worst dressed guest at the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie hands-down.
Overall, watching the traditional ceremony was very moving. The wedding was very beautiful and I loved the incorporation of the Great Gatsby into the ceremony. You could tell the couple was really in love and all smiles, and I loved that Jack wore glasses so he could see his bride as she entered into the church. I think Eugenie will keep the emerald trend going after Crazy Rich Asians, and I foresee a big uptick in emerald gemstones. For now, we can only dream of wearing a tiara as stunning as hers! Congrats to the couple!
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