THE DUCHIN OF SUSSEX AND PRINCESS EUGENIA: ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL
The Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie both tied the knot in lavish ceremonies at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank leave St George’s Chapel, Windsor on their wedding day
The Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie both tied the knot in lavish ceremonies at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The location was also chosen by Lady Gabriella Windsor.
Steeped in history, the 15th-century Gothic chapel offers royal couples a slightly more intimate venue for their wedding, but one that’s still grand.
It usually seats about 800 guests, compared to the 2,000 capacity of Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2011.
Located in the grounds of the castle and surrounded by the Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate, the venue offers the royal family a measure of privacy on the day of the wedding.
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The modest chapel, which was renovated by George IV in the 1820s, is considerably smaller than St George’s Chapel, where her sister Eugenie married last year with a capacity of only 180 guests.
The chapel is on the grounds of the Royal Lodge, where the Duke and Duchess of York have been imprisoned.
According to the parish website of St. George, the Queen usually worships the Chapel of All Saints for privacy reasons.
She attends services in the larger St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan married in 2017 on certain special occasions, such as the Easter morning service every year.
The All Saints Chapel is also home to more intimate gatherings in the history of the royal family, including the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.
The Queen Mother lived in the Royal Lodge as a widow and regularly attended the service there, as it is only 100 meters from the entrance. Queen Victoria also attended services in the chapel.
The modest Chapel of All Saints, renovated by George IV in the 1820s, is significantly smaller than St George’s Chapel, where her sister Eugenie married last year with a capacity of just 180 guests
THE GUEST LIST
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The congregation for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 read as a who’s who of Hollywood royalty, with Amal and George Clooney (left) and Oprah Winfrey (right) among the invitees
Also in attendance was Meghan’s glamorous girl gang, including Priyanka Chopra, Abigail Spencer, Jessica Mulroney and Misha Nonoo. Pictured, Abigail Spencer (front left) and Priyanka Chopra (front right) with fellow guests at the wedding
The Duchess of Sussex and Princess Beatrice both had star-studded weddings with hundreds of guests.
The congregation for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018 read as a who’s who of Hollywood royalty, with Oprah Winfrey and Amal and George Clooney among the invitees. Also in attendance was Meghan’s glamorous girl gang, including Priyanka Chopra, Abigail Spencer, Jessica Mulroney and Misha Nonoo.
The large guest list also made it possible to invite large numbers of family members, with Kate Middleton’s siblings and their respective partners all making the cut.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding was just as starry, with Ellie Goulding, Robbie and Ayda Williams all in attendance.
Their affluent circle of friends was also well represented, with Sir Richard Branson’s daughter Holly and Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas all in the chapel.
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Princess Beatrice and Edo were allowed to welcome up to 30 people to their wedding due to persistent government restrictions. Photos show that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were among those in attendance, and it is likely that the bride’s grandparents would have attended the congregation.
However, due to the limited numbers, it is much less starry than they would have hoped and fewer members of the royal family will be present.
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, for example, may have stayed in Norfolk, instead of traveling with their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall celebrate Camilla’s 73rd birthday privately in Wiltshire and would therefore not have attended.
The other cousins of the bride, including Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, would probably also be missed because of the small numbers. The couple and their families are said to have attended a larger ceremony.
It’s not known whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would have flown in from LA for the bigger affair, but they almost certainly didn’t make the trip for the more intimate service.
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Both Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle started married life with a carriage parade around Windsor to greet royal fans and well-wishers.
After Meghan and Harry tied the knot, the Queen organized a lunch reception at Windsor Castle for 600 guests, who received snacks, champagne and wedding cake.
The bride then turned into her second dress – a halter-necked Stella McCartney dress – and partied all night with 200 guests at a 200-person evening reception hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House.
Princess Eugenie went a step further and even overshadowed Meghan and Harry’s glamorous wedding with two days of partying.
Like Harry and Meghan, the couple enjoyed lunch at St George’s Hall for 850 guests with snacks and champagne hosted by the Queen.
The couple enjoyed an evening reception with a sit-down meal and dance at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, the princess’s family home, where the festivities continued into the early hours.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoyed an evening reception for 200 guests at Frogmore House after their wedding, with the bride wearing a Stella McCartney dress. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at Royal Lodge, Windsor, prior to their private dinner after their wedding. Princess Eugenie’s evening dress was designed by Zac Posen
PRINCESS BEATRICE: PARTY ON A LATER DATE
While a carriage procession was never on the map for Princess Beatrice, who was always planning a more low key celebration, the rest of her festivities are even more subdued than expected.
While the couple will undoubtedly celebrate with their family, Beatrice and Edo will have to wait at a later date to party with friends.
And the queen could not linger after the wedding ceremony to spend time with the newlyweds.
This afternoon Her Majesty returned to service and Captain Tom Moore bestowed a knighthood, her first official public engagement since its closure in March.