PRINCESS EUGENIE married Jack Brooksbank in a massive wedding ceremony in October 2018, but one royal did not attend the nuptials.
On October 12, 2018, Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel in Windsor and said “I do” to her fiancé Jack Brooksbank in front of more than 800 guests. The nuptials took place five months after Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in the same spot, but one royal declined the invitation to the second royal wedding of the year.
The guest list included 850 people, but Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – the wife of heir to throne Prince Charles – was absent.
Clarence House said the reason Camilla declined the wedding invitation was due to a “previous commitment”.
It was later revealed this commitment was a trip to Scotland to visit the Crathie Primary School and the Alford Community Campus in Aberdeenshire.
The Duchess was given a tour of the school – which has nine pupils – before visiting a new games pavilion in nearby Braemar.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall did not attend Princess Eugenie’s wedding (Image: GETTY)
Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank on October 12, 2018 (Image: GETTY)
It is understood the school invitation was a long-standing one.
Camilla is believed to have sent a handwritten apology letter to Princess Eugenie explaining she did not want to let the children at the school down.
After apologising for her late arrival, Camilla told her guides, 11-year-old Logan Beedie and Zara Jones, 10: “It’s nice and blowy outside, isn’t it?”
A reported weekend house party at Birkhall was seen as another reason due to which Camilla might have decided to not attend the wedding.
Prince Charles arriving at Princess Eugenie’s wedding alone in 2018 (Image: GETTY)
Charles stayed in Windsor for the post-wedding lunch hosted by the Queen but returned to Scotland in the afternoon for the party.
That meant both Charles and Camilla missed the black-tie dinner being thrown by the Prince of Wales’ brother, Prince Andrew.
The Prince of Wales also missed the Saturday afterparty at Royal Lodge in Great Windsor Park.
Other people who declined the royal wedding invitation were the Duchess of Kent as well as Princess Alexandra, who had broken her arm.
On July 18, 2018, the royal family’s and the Duke of York’s websites announced that 1,200 people from across the UK were going to be invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The Palace received over 100,000 applications, and the invitations to those that were selected to join them on the day were sent out on 12 September.
Among those present in the castle grounds were representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
The 1,200 members of the public invited to Windsor Castle for the wedding were given commemorative gift bags.
Princess Eugenie with her husband Jack Brooksbank (Image: GETTY)
Each bag had the initials of the couple, the date and the venue printed on the exterior.
Inside was an order of service booklet, a chocolate coin, a can of water, a fridge magnet, a poncho, and a pocket-size tube of shortbread.
The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank was televised by ITV’s This Morning.
An average audience of three million watched the royal wedding.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK