Princess Eugenie looked radiant in her low-backed, flowing gown with full length train, which she chose for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.The ceremony took place at the 15th Century St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle on Friday 12 October 2018.
The gown was designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who founded the innovative British based label ‘Peter Pilotto’ in 2007. Her Royal Highness has been wearing creations by the brand for several years and the Princess is said to have been closely involved in the design of the dress which is constructed from a bespoke Jacquard weave fabric, designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr De Vos at their studio in East London.
The dress was developed layer by layer during several fittings, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt. The gown includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie which the designer duo reinterpreted in a garland of rope like motifs woven into the jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend of the dress.
The motifs included a Thistle for Scotland- a tribute to the couple’s beloved Balmoral, the Irish Shamrock that gives a nod to the Bride’s Ferguson family, while the York Rose and ivy represent the couple’s home.
The bride accessorised the look with satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia and the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by Her Majesty The Queen- made of brilliant rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was made by Boucheron for Mrs Greville in 1919 in the fashionable ‘kokoshnik’ style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court, and bequeathed by Mrs Greville to Queen Elizabeth in 1942. This was Complimented with diamond and emerald drop earrings- a wedding gift by the groom.
Princess Eugenie’s hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane- from Hari’s- a celebrity loved salon located in Chelsea- London and make-up by Hannah Martin, on behalf of Bobbi Brown cosmetics.
The gowns low V back was created at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who at aged 12 underwent surgery to correct scoliosis. In a recent interview ahead of the wedding , the Queen’s granddaughter spoke of the importance of showing “people your scars” and paid tribute to the hospital which performed surgery on her back as a child…
“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
HRH has been very vocal about having been diagnosed with scoliosis and has even invited representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where she had surgery to help correct the condition, including her surgeon, Dr Jan Lehovsky, resulting in two eight-inch titanium rods being inserted next to her spine.
The bride’s beautiful bouquet was created by floral designer Rob Van Helden’s sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, and consists of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.
Sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House are also included in the bouquet. The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today. The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858.
Bridesmaid Princess Charlotte waved to the crowds as she arrived with Eugenie’s gaggle of bridesmaids and pageboys, who also included Prince George and Theodora Williams – daughter of pop star Robbie Williams and Ayda Field.
The adorable bridesmaids wore white dresses with floral belts, and the page boys were decked in white shirts with navy blue trousers, designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids.