Did you really think our collective royal wedding fever had ended now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was behind us? For those who, like us, can’t get enough of the British royal family, we’re happy to report that Princess Eugenie of York’s October nuptials are on the horizon. Below, everything we know about the 28-year-old’s upcoming wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
The groom: Princess Eugenie has been dating 31-year-old nightclub manager and Casamigos brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank for the past seven years. The two first met during a ski trip in Verbier, Switzerland (as one does when you’re an H.R.H.) and got engaged earlier this year during a trip to Nicaragua, where Eugenie said he popped the question just as the sun was setting over a lake with a volcano in the background. Casual.
The engagement ring: Jack wanted Eugenie’s sign off before selecting a ring, so he actually went ahead and proposed without one. Once they were back in the U.K., the two worked together and designed her pink padparadscha sapphire ring surrounded by diamonds. The padparadscha stone, which is a blush, orangey color, is one of the rarest sapphires. Some outlets have pointed out that her ring bears a striking resemblance to the pink Burma ruby engagement ring her father, Prince Andrew, gave to her mother, Sarah Ferguson, when he proposed in 1986.
The date and location: Princess Eugenie’s father, Andrew, the Duke of York, shared that the couple will tie the knot on Friday, October 12th at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. If that wedding location sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed in May. Princess Eugenie’s uncle Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones also got married at St. George’s Chapel in 1999, as did Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. As is tradition, the Queen will celebrate their union with a lunch reception at Windsor Castle following the ceremony, and later on in the evening, a wedding party will be held at the Royal Lodge, a.k.a. Prince Andrew’s home.
Where to watch: Thankfully, American royal fans will get a chance to see Princess Eugenie tie the knot, too. TLC will conveniently be broadcasting the royal wedding twice. Once in real time at 4:25 a.m. EST, and again at 7:25 a.m. EST, for those who don’t want to get up so early. Even those without cable will be able to enjoy the royal wedding online, as the ceremony will be streaming on The Telegraph’s website, and the Duke of York’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
The wedding dress: Like with most royal brides, there’s already plenty of speculation as to which designer Eugenie will ultimately choose for her wedding day. Many have their money on Erdem, which the Princess wore for her official engagement portraits, while others think she might pick Vivienne Westwood, which she donned for her cousin Prince William’s wedding. The one thing we know for certain right now is that it’ll be a British designer.
The wedding party: It’s not surprise that Eugenie chose her older sister and frequent side-kick, Princess Beatrice, as her maid of honor. The two are incredibly close and were recently interviewed together for British Vogue, where they talked about planning all of the upcoming wedding festivities. As for the flower girls and page boys, Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be making yet another walk down St. George’s chapel this year—the two heirs to the throne previously performed the same duties at their uncle Harry’s wedding.
The cake: For dessert, the couple will be forgoing the traditional fruit cake and instead have chosen to serve a velvet-and-chocolate wedding cake by London baker Sophie Cabot.
The musical talent: As a patron of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Prince Andrew has arranged for the orchestra to perform during his daughter’s wedding. And while Harry and Meghan got a surprise performance by Elton John at their reception, Eugenie and Jack will be serenaded by opera star Andrea Bocelli during their marriage ceremony, where he’s set to sing two songs.
The guest list: As is the case with most royal weddings, you can expect the majority, if not all, of the British royal family to be in attendance on Eugenie’s big day. (Although some are speculating that the Duchess of Cambridge, might miss the wedding if it coincides with the birth of her sister Pippa’s first child. And there is talk that Prince Philip may hang back as well due to a longstanding beef with Sarah Ferguson.) As for celebs, singer Ellie Goulding, who sang at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, is friends with the couple, so she’s likely to be a guest. As a brand ambassador for Casamigos tequila, Brooksbank might just be inclined to invite founders George Clooney (fingers crossed for another Amal Clooney sighting!) and Rande Gerber and his supermodel wife Cindy Crawford to the wedding, too. The Beckhams are also rumored to be on the guest list, as is model Karlie Kloss, who is close friends with Princess Beatrice. One thing’s for sure, this will all make for some fun early morning people watching come October.