A royal bride minus the Hollywood makeover
Last week’s royal wedding dominated global headlines, obscuring even the bizarre occasion of Kanye West cuddling President Trump in the Oval Office.
Princess Eugenie married former barman Jack Brooksbank in a blaze of regal publicity.
And while this ceremony may have been less significant than the stately wedding of Prince William and Kate or the Disney-esque day that saw actress Meghan Markle tie the knot with Prince Harry, it was still insta-magic.
A binge-fest of beautiful dresses, heels and hats; tall soldiers in traditional bearskin hats, and A-list names mingling with the old guard.
This included the likes of the Queen, 92, and a resilient Prince Philip, 97, who was apparently utterly ‘determined’ to make his granddaughter’s big day despite delicate health and an alleged frostiness towards the mother of the bride.
Sure, there was something mildly disconcerting about seeing former supermodels, comedians and a heavily-inked Robbie Williams circulating with formal aristocracy, but this wedding was always going to contain an A-list element.
The bride and groom are after all young (she’s 27, he’s 32) and not immune to a bit of celebrity juice despite their own increasing paparazzi currency. Plus, the mixing of different classes and cultures hopefully reflects wider social cues.
St George’s Chapel, Windsor did its bit providing a historic backdrop for the proceedings and even the famously boisterous ‘Fergie’, looking fierce in an emerald two-piece, managed to behave with pronounced decorum.
But above all, the most refreshing thing about last weeks’ royal wedding was the beaming, delighted face of the bride, Princess Eugenie. She looked like a woman in love, a vision in white. She also proved a sea of calm for a nervous and emotional groom.
Her reassuring hand on his as he battled to slide the ring on her finger demonstrated this was a couple who had each other’s backs and whom we hope are highly compatible.
The Compatibility Factor
We don’t know much about their core values and personality traits, except perhaps that Eugenie who manages an art gallery in Mayfair would score high on artistic passion, and her beau, who is fast becoming a bit of a marketing whizz, ticks the box for ambition.
They first met on a skiing trip in Verbier, Switzerland in 2010 and have therefore negotiated a successful relationship for a good eight years.
Furthermore, it’s perhaps worth noting that Eugenie’s triumphant day demonstrates to selfie addicts everywhere, that you don’t have to look like an extra from Love Island to be deliciously content. Au contraire!
Eugenie’s confidence was the most beautiful thing to behold last week. Her behaviour was relaxed and spontaneous. She gazed adoringly at the playful procession of bridesmaids covering her train, before gleefully greeting her husband to be.
Embracing a natural look
Her auburn hair swept into a bun was both natural and flattering. Her face was subtly painted. Best of all there wasn’t a scalp-pulling hair extension in sight, nor an over-bleached veneer or buttock implant. (Can you imagine the Queen’s face if she’d turned up with a Kardashian-style makeover?).
Eugenie’s smile told the world something powerful but simple. While castles and film stars might add a bit of gloss to things, all you really need is love.
Better still, I’d warrant Eugenie would have been equally delighted with a budget wedding – providing it included the man she so clearly adores. I’d go so far as suspecting the expensive pageantry on display fostered her parents’ ambitions for her rather than a need to be a VVIP.
Either way, let’s raise a glass to you, Mrs Brooksbank!
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