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The happy couple joined the procession following their wedding in a horse-drawn carriage ride through Windsor.
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It was another royal wedding to remember.

When Princess Eugenie of York married her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Friday, it was a day crowded with scenes of high romance and deep emotion, tradition and modernity, plus gobsmacking fashion and jewels.

And don’t forget the sweetness overload.

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Here are some of the major moments from the second royal wedding in five months, following the May 19 nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watched around the world.

 

1. Gramps was there

Princess Eugenie’s grandfather, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of nearly 71 years, made it to the wedding of his beloved granddaughter, no doubt causing more than a few eyes to water with pride. Until the last minute it was not certain he would: He’s 97, retired from public life and still recovering from hip replacement surgery. There were cheers when he was first spotted sitting next to the queen in the car. He walked unaided into the church a few paces behind Her Majesty, as he has done innumerable times before over her 66-year-reign, a familiar and reassuring emblem of endurance. 

2. Princess Beatrice’s dramatic reading from ‘The Great Gatsby’

Princess Beatrice, the bride’s older sister and maid of honor, read from the Great American Novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” when she delivered the second reading during the service. The passage was about the central character’s “rare smile with a quality of eternal reassurance.”

The Dean of Windsor, the Rev. David Conner who presided, told the congregation that Eugenie read the novel when she first started dating Brooksbank, and chose that passage because it reminded her of her fiancé and his own warm smile. Sweet, even though “Gatsby” has been interpreted as Fitzgerald’s critique of the lifestyles of the rich and pathetically frivolous American society in the 1920s.

3. The dress that showed the scars

Eugenie’s Peter Pilotto gown was a stunner all around but it was special in another way, too: Eugenie wanted the back to dip low enough to show her scars from scoliosis surgery (eight hours, titanium rods inserted near spine) when she was 12.

The dress featured a wide V-neckline that folded around the shoulders to a low back that draped into a flowing full-length train. Eugenie has long been open about her health struggles. As she told ITV during an interview on the eve of the wedding, “I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars, and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”

4. Blowing in the wind

At least it didn’t rain, but it sure blew. No surprise, this is England after all. But it plays havoc with hair and hats, the latter being de rigueur at British weddings and royal weddings especially.

A few women nearly lost their hats, including mother-of-the-bride Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who was seen clutching her Kelly green winged topper as she entered the church.

TV coverage showed the wind sweeping the fascinator off the head of a woman in a burgundy cocktail dress, forcing her escort to chase after it. Almost every woman had to hold on to their chapeaux tightly in the gusts.

Worse, bridesmaid Princess Charlotte and pageboy Louis de Givenchy each took tumbles climbing the steps into the church because of the strength of the wind, and their teenage minder’s dress was blown up as she helped them.

Given the weather it was smart to send Eugenie and Jack on their carriage procession in the glass-enclosed Scottish State Coach. Harry and Meghan rode in an open carriage for their post-wedding procession in sunny, calm weather.

5. The rarely seen tiara

It was an eye-popper, not least because it’s not been seen very much on royal heads. Eugenie wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, a bandeau-style tiara borrowed from the queen.

Made by Boucheron in 1919 in the “kokoshnik” style popularized in the Russian Imperial Court, it features brilliant and rose-cut diamonds pavé set in platinum with six emeralds studding the piece on either side.

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The tiara was bequeathed to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1942 and and now belongs to Her Majesty. Eugenie also wore diamond and emerald earrings, a wedding gift from the groom.

And we got to see all this glitter clearly because Eugenie chose to forgo a veil. 

6. The royal Cambridge kiddies charm

Prince George, 5, and sister Charlotte, 3, are now royal wedding veterans, having served as page boy and bridesmaid respectively for the third time in 15 months. This time they were among a flock of their young royal cousins fluttering around in white dresses and uniforms designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids. George’s goofy facial expressions and Charlotte’s undeniable charisma – she’s an expert at the royal wave –delighted photographers and anyone else who saw them.

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