Yesterday, Eugenie celebrated her three-year wedding anniversary to Jack by posting a never-before-seen photo from her wedding to Instagram. The photo, which she captioned “Happy Anniversary my love”, saw Eugenie with a broad smile on her face, dancing closely with Jack on their special day. The couple tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018, in front of more than 850 people
The varied guest list included members of the public who had applied for an invite, as well as A-list celebrities such as supermodel Cara Delevigne, singer Robbie Williams and of course, Eugenie’s grandmother, the Queen.
Yet despite the chapel being packed to the rafters for the special ceremony, there was a conspicuously empty seat in the front row.
However this wasn’t due to an absentee but instead reportedly to keep the Queen happy.
Royal protocol dictates that no one can sit in front of Her Majesty to obstruct her view.
Eugenie and Jack left a front row seat at their wedding open to comply with a strange tradition
Princess Eugenie and Jack celebrated their three year anniversary yesterday
Furthermore, the Queen allegedly chose to sit in the second row of the chapel, as the front row seat is said to be one she finds uncomfortable.
Instead the monarch preferred the second row, where she sat alongside her late-husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Charles, and senior royals including Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
After Eugenie and Jack’s 2018 wedding, a royal commentator explained to The Sun: “The seat in front of the Queen is always left empty, I am told by BP [Buckingham Palace].
“She needs to be seen ‒ and the seat she was sitting in today is her favourite seat in that chapel, apparently.”
Royal watchers noted the front row seat and Meghan and Harry’s wedding was also left open
Months earlier eagle-eyed royal watchers noted that the same seat had been left empty for Harry’s wedding to Meghan, with some people speculating it had been a tribute to the Duke’s late-mother Princess Diana.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding included a number of nods to the Princess of Wales, with Diana’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes doing one of the readings, and the Duchess of Sussex carrying a bouquet of her mother-in-law’s beloved forget-me-nots.
However, the empty space left in the front row was, again, not to restrict the view of Her Majesty.
For Eugenie and Jack’s wedding, however, there was a notable member of the Royal Family missing ‒ Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Eugenie and Jack welcomed their first child, August, in February
She was instead, at a school harvest festival in Scotland, which she had agreed to attend before Eugenie’s wedding date had been confirmed.
Since the couple’s October 2018 wedding they have moved into Frogmore Cottage and welcomed their first child together ‒ a son called August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.
August’s middle name is a tribute to his great-grandfather Prince Philip, who died on April 9 this year.
Eugenie revealed in BBC documentary ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ that young August got to meet his namesake Philip, shortly before the Duke’s death.
Beatrice and Edoardo had their first child together, Sienna, last month
Holding back tears, Eugenie said: “We named August Philip because grandpa has been such a huge, inspiring character in my life.
“I brought little August to come and meet him and told him that we had named him after him and it was such a lovely moment.
“We were very lucky to do that.
Last month Princess Eugenie also became an auntie, when older sister Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcomed, Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi.
Sienna is the couple’s first child together and her middle name is a homage to her great-grandmother, the Queen.
In paying tribute to Her Majesty, Beatrice and Edoardo followed a common royal tradition, with many royal women holding the middle name Elizabeth, including Princess Charlotte, Princess Anne, and Beatrice herself.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK