Princess Eugenie wedding: What royal protocols must Eugenie follow at her wedding?
Princess Eugenie will marry fiance Jack Brooksbank two weeks today – but what royal protocols must the couple follow on their wedding day?
The ninth-in-line to the throne, 28, will follow in the footsteps of her cousin Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 37, by saying her vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Several details have been shared about with the public about the day such as the route of the horse-drawn carriage procession.
We also know 1,200 members of the public are invited to watch the ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle after being selected by a ballot, mirroring Meghan and Harry’s wedding.
With last minute preparations now in hand, attention is turning to the day itself and what we can expect to see.
“The bouquet may then be sent to be put on the tomb of the unknown soldier at Westminster Abbey.”
Another tradition Eugenie is sure to adopt is choosing the same wedding ring maker as her female relatives before her.
Mr HarRold explained: “The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Diana, Princess of Wales all had their wedding rings made from The Queen’s Welsh gold which was given as a gift from Welsh gold mine Clogau St David’s in 1911.”
The most glittering accessory on the day is sure to be the tiara – and it’s likely to be one handed down from within the monarchy.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s platinum diamond encrusted tiara was loaned from the Queen, having previously come from her grandmother Queen Mary.
Royal protocol dictates royal women cannot wear their tiaras before 6pm, according to Mr Harrold.
As to which one Eugenie will wear, he said it “may be a family one given on loan by the Queen as there can be a few to choose from”.
The wedding cake is traditionally a fruit cake but both Prince William and Prince Harry eschewed this tradition on their big days.
She will have myrtle in her bouquet which has been a tradition since the time of Queen Alexandra
William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge opted for a chocolate wedding cake based on a Tiffin cake recipe apparently loved by William as a youngster.
However, technically they did have a second cake – a fruit one – to adhere to tradition.
Harry and Meghan also broke royal protocol by picking a lemon elderflower creation.
But Mr Harrold believes there may be a good reason for Princess Eugenie to pick a fruit cake so it can “be sent to friends and staff who were unable to attend as previous royals have done in the past including Prince Charles and Prince William”.
Are there any other rules?
Eugenie may choose to have royal children as page boys and flower girls but this is not a strict royal protocol as such.
Prince George, five, and Princess Charlotte, three, are likely to resume these roles as they did at Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May.
Will Eugenie and Jack need to seek the Queen’s permission to marry?
Mr HaRrold says Eugenie and Jack do not have to ask for the Queen’s consent in marrying.
He said: The Succession to the Crown Act passed in 2013 which means that the first six Royals in line to the throne
“But I am sure Eugenie will still seek it out of politeness to the Queen.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK