Princess Eugenie wed longtime love, Jack Brooksbank in a sentimental and romantic ceremony at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Friday. The 28-year-old royal designed her wedding to be a classic jewel-toned affair complete with a stunning emerald tiara and matching earrings.
The Friday wedding from the gown to the wedding cake was a far-cry from her mother, Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson’s totally ’80s ensemble when she wed Prince Andrew.
Fergie opted for a timely design by Lindka Cierach for her March 19, 1986 nuptials at Westminster Abbey. The elaborate look featured duchesse satin, a corset bodice encrusted with jewels and pearls, and a 17 foot train emblazoned with the letter “A” for her groom.
Fergie arrived at the Abbey wearing a crown of gardenias, but in true diva style changed headpieces during the ceremony in favour of the York tiara, a gift from the Queen.
Eugenie’s look in comparison was paired down and non-traditional. The princess bucked the trend of show-stopping veils in favour of a show-stopping Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara.
Made in 1919, the tiara belonged to the Queen Mother, who was gifted the intricate piece by Margaret Greville, a prominent woman in British society, in 1942.
The tiara brought out Eugenie’s green eyes, and were matched by a pair of diamond and emerald earrings she received as a wedding present from Brooksbank.
Unlike her mother, Eugenie’s look was an off-the-shoulder, folded gown made of satin designed by the bride and created by Peter Pilotto and Christian De Vos.
The gown contained meaningful symbols for both Eugenie and Brooksbank, including Scottish thistle for their love of Balmoral castle, the York rose, a shamrock for the Ferguson family, and ivy to represent the couple’s home together at Kensington Palace.
Eugenie and Brooksbank left St. George’s Chapel to attend a private luncheon reception featuring a chocolate and red velvet cake.
For their wedding reception, Fergie and Prince Andrew dined on a 5’6″ marzipan and rum cake that was cut into 2,000 slices!
As for their wedding party, the mother and daughter showed once again that they have very different tastes.
A four-year-old Prince William sported a nautical themed ensemble for Fergie’s nuptials. Fast forward to 2018, where William’s four-year-old Prince George and three-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte, were dressed in a more classic ensemble with colourful detail by Amaia.
Whether you’re missing the 1980s like Fergie or a timeless bride like Eugenie, both royal weddings were certainly affairs to remember.