Inside Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding reception: The Queen lends venue to granddaughter
Boasting some of the most meticulous and beautifully constructed architecture Britain has to offer, the eerie tomb of Henry VIII and a marble shrine to George IV, Princess Eugenie will no doubt feel blessed the Queen has lent the coveted St George’s Chapel to her as a venue for her royal wedding.
On October 12, 28-year-old Princess Eugenie will wed Jack Brooksbank, 32, in a lavish ceremony at the Windsor chapel as millions watch on in awe.
For many spectators and royal fans alike, it will be a chance to catch the golden couple in the moments before and after they become man and wife in front of the nation.
Yet as well as the bride’s show-stopping gown, the glamorous guest list and the romantic carriage ride attention should also be paid to the venue itself, which as well as being loaned to Eugenie and Jack, was also bestowed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for their May 19 wedding.
Here, Express.co.uk provides an intimate guide to the chapel to play host to two of the biggest royal weddings in one year.
The venue itself is split across three main areas.
The first, and the most well-known is the Quire, where cameras were installed to give viewers the chance to watch Harry and Meghan exchange their vows.
Its aisles were finished and roofed between 1477 and 1483 and features an array of fascinating points of interest.
Examples are the The Oriel Window, which was created by King Henry VIII so his his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, could look down and view services.
The Garter Knights Stalls are also featured in the Quire. The Plate, fixed to the back of a stall to illustrate the arms and titles of a Knight or Lady, remains in place after their death and has resulted in the impressive and important display in the awe-inspiring room today.
The nave is another of the main areas of the chapel and features magnificent tone vaulting not completed until 1528. It also features the West Window, the third largest in England.
The Lower Ward is the main entrance of the chapel for visitors who upon travelling through, will be led to the Nave.
Another eye-catching feature of St George’s Chapel is the tomb of King Henry VIII, of which no expense as spared.
Plans for the vast edifice features ‘fine Oriental stones’ and resplendent with white marble pillars, gilded bronze angels, four life-size images of the King and Queen Jane, and a statue of the King on horseback under a triumphal arch, ‘of the whole stature of a goodly man and a large horse’.
The beautiful congregation also includes a tragic tribute to the only child of George IV, who died during childbirth, and the subsequent death of Princess Charlotte, a stunning stone memorial was created for her in the Urswick Chapel. It features a woman reaching towards the skies as an angel cradles a baby nearby.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding to wine merchant Jack Brooksbank is just weeks away and excitement is hotting up.
The royal has already confirmed her wedding dress will be designed by a UK-based designer, as opposed to Meghan who opted for French fashion house Givenchy for hers – although her designer Clare Waight Keller is British.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK