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Hold onto your hats: Princess Eugenie marries in grand UK royal wedding

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Princess Eugenie married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank at Wi..

Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Princess Eugenie married wine merchant Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on Friday in front of celebrities and Britain's senior royals, including Prince Harry and wife Meghan who wed at the same venue in May.

Key points:

  • Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank in Windsor
  • Wedding dress designed by Peter Pilotto
  • Cost of policing has prompted criticism

Eugenie, 28, the younger daughter of the Queen's third child, Prince Andrew, and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, tied the knot with Mr Brooksbank, 32, in a traditional ceremony in the castle's 15th century St George's Chapel.

It was the same setting as Harry and Meghan's wedding in May and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as the couple are now known, were among the star-studded congregation.

Sarah Ferguson and her daughter Princess Beatrice wave before entering St George's Chapel. Meghan Markle at Princess Eugenie's wedding The Queen in pale blue arrives at the church with Prince Philip

The 92-year-old Queen and her 97-year-old husband Prince Philip, who has retired from official engagements, were joined by other Royals and celebrities including Robbie Williams, Cara Delevingne, Stephen Fry, and former Neighbours star Holly Vallance.

Cara Delevingne Holly Valance at Princess Eugenie's wedding Pixie Geldof wears a loose pink gown Robbie Williams and Ayda Field Jimmy Carr and Karoline Copping, who wears a blue flowery dress holding her hat Stephen Fry and husband at Princess Eugenie's wedding Chelsy Davy at Princess Eugenie's wedding

Female guests had to cling on to their hats as a blustery wind threatened their wedding outfits and a page boy tripped on the stairs walking into the chapel.

Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew at her wedding

Eugenie's dress, by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos of the London-based label Peter Pilotto, had a low back to reveal scars from surgery she underwent to correct scoliosis when she was 12.

"The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

"The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis."

Eugenie borrowed the Queen's Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, decorated with rose cut diamonds and emeralds and made by jewellers Boucheron in 1919, in the style worn in the Russian Imperial Court.

Princess Eugenie arrives for her wedding

The couple, while showing clear signs of nerves, beamed happily during the hour-long service.

"This is meant to be a family wedding," Eugenie's father Andrew said earlier.

"There will be a few more people than most people have, there are a few more than Harry had, but that's just the nature of Eugenie and Jack — they've got so many friends that they need a church of that size to fit them all in," he told This Morning which broadcast the event live.

Princess Anne wears a green dress and hat as she arrives at the church

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Several hundred singing and cheering well-wishers gathered outside in Windsor in the shadow of the castle, far fewer than the thousands that crammed into the town for Prince Harry's wedding.

The ceremony was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, and Eugenie's elder sister and maid of honour Princess Beatrice read an extract from the F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby — a novel the bride had read after meeting her future husband in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier in 2010.

"One particular passage in which Jay Gatsby is described reminded her immediately of Jack," she said. "She decided she wanted eventually to let Jack know how much those words had brought him to mind."

Britain's Prince Charles arrives for the wedding

One noticeable absentee was Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, as she was carrying out an engagement in Scotland.

Princess Charlotte, daughter of Harry's elder brother Prince William and his wife Kate, was a bridesmaid, and her brother, Prince George, a page boy.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive Flower boy falls over as other offer help

After the service, the couple took an open-top horse-drawn carriage tour of Windsor before a reception at the castle, hosted by the Queen.

Eugenie is a director at London's Hauser & Wirth art gallery, and Mr Brooksbank owns a wine wholesale business and is European brand manager for Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by US actor George Clooney.

Security around Windsor was tight, with airport-style security checks and large numbers of police. As Eugenie does not carry out official Royal duties, republicans have said it is wrong that the estimated 2 million pound security bill will be paid by taxpayers.

Reuters

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