Princess Eugenie is set to marry her fiancé Jack Brooksbank on 12th October, having got engaged in January of this year. The pair, who met approximately seven years ago while on a skiing holiday in Verbier, Switzerland, were introduced by a mutual friend. They have been madly in love ever since.
Jack is the second commoner (after Meghan Markle), to marry into the royal family this year. The 32-year-old built his career in the hospitality industry; managing a nightclub in London and working as a brand ambassador for Casamigos Tequila. The Princess of York is smitten, telling the BBC, "We have the same passions and drive for life,” while her fiancé added, “I love Eugenie so much and we are just so happy and over the moon for what is to come."
In a recent interview with British Vogue, the 28-year-old princess shared her plans for the big day. “My whole house is anti-plastic now, and Jack and I want our wedding to be like that as well.” The royal, who is a first cousin to Prince Harry and Prince William, is an ambassador of Project Zero, an organisation dedicated to cleaning up the world’s oceans.
Taking to Instagram in June, she said, “I’m so excited to have recently become an ambassador of Project Zero, whose aim is to restore and protect the ocean. Together we aim to inspire people to make sustainable choices; to stop the ocean from drowning in plastic.” Environmental issues like these are close to the royal family’s hearts, with Prince Charles regularly protesting against plastic pollution. Speaking at the Our Oceans conference in Malta this year, he emphasised the importance of introducing a bottle deposit scheme. The UK government took note, and a scheme is being drafted as a result.
Eugenie has not specified how she will make her wedding plastic-free, but the fact she's making the effort is admirable. Perhaps she will use recyclable wedding decorations, or maybe her gown will be made by an eco-friendly designer. She might even ban plastic straws from being used during the reception. Only time will tell.
The ceremony will take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same venue where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in May. As with Harry's wedding, 1,200 members of the public have been invited to attend. Eugenie said, "Jack and I are excited to be able to invite people to watch our wedding inside the Precinct of Windsor Castle." The attendees will view the arrival of the royal family, listen to a live broadcast of the marriage service, and watch as the bride and groom depart the chapel at the end of the ceremony.
The bride’s sister, Princess Beatrice, has been confirmed as the maid of honour, while three-year-old Princess Charlotte will be a flower girl. Despite it being one of the biggest days of her life, Eugenie isn’t too phased. “It’s nerve-racking because you want it to be perfect,” she told Vogue, “but then you realise that you’re going to be with the person you love forever, and nothing else really matters.”