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Eugenie's Picture Perfect Royal Wedding

Saturday, October 13, 2018

I am going to start with the beautiful bride today as we do a quick recap of Eugenie's autumn Royal Wedding. I don't follow Eugenie closely and I didn't have any guess as to what style she'd choose. I was thrilled with this gown, really thrilled.


It is by Paul Peter Pilotto, a label I'd frankly never heard of, but is apparently a respected British label. I do know that it was not one of the candidates in the running. That is, people more in the know than I had not mentioned this label as a potential winner for the coveted royal nod.


I did think she'd go toward traditional, and I am happy she went even a bit bold with this detailed dress.


When I look at this dress it shares a lot in common with Kate's, and I don't say that to detract from the design. When you go to design a dress, the first thing you say is, I like this style or that style. I certainly can imagine Eugenie, when asked what styles appealed to her, pointing and saying, my cousin Kate's dress was a dream.


She veered toward a traditional a-line and incorporated a bustle in the back that is a little likes Kate's, but with her own twist. Eugenie specifically asked that the gown's back show off the scars she has from surgeries to fix her scoliosis. Eugenie's charity work has focused on scoliosis because of her personal experience with the condition. The only thing I didn't love about the dress was the sheen of the fabric, but I think she pulled this off. 


The Princess wore the Greville Emerald tiara on loan from the Queen, and according to Emily Andrews, those matching drop earrings are a gift to Eugenie from her groom! Eugenie's coloring is really striking and green was the perfect color to pop against her dark hair. I think she made a very beautiful bride! 


One of my girlfriends is a gemologist who also happens to love Russian history. She messaged me yesterday reminding me this is a kokoshnik style, and that "behind every truly great jewelry moment, there's some Russian history." I have to say, the Russians knew how to do royal tiaras. This piece was created by Boucheron, and according to the Telegraph:
In platinum and diamonds, the tiara has an enormous 93.70-carat emerald at its centre, and six smaller emeralds either side. It was part of the ‘Greville bequest’, a remarkable collection of jewellery left to the Queen Mother by Margaret Greville, a prominent member of society who was a close friend of Queen Mary. The Queen inherited the tiara, along with the rest of the jewels, when her mother died in 2002.

Sarah, the Duchess of York, did really well with her ensemble. She chose tip to toe green and I thought she looked fab. She certainly made an entrance. Obviously she knew these two:



I tried to explain this on my live feed yesterday morning, but my coffee hadn't kicked in and my brain was just not firing on all pistons. She reminded me of Petula Clark in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Bubbly and running around kind of breaking the general rules (or if not rules, not conforming to the behavior one would expect for the occasion). It was classic Fergie and I was way into it. Confession: I like her and I hope she and Andrew get remarried. I'd get up for that Royal Wedding. Sarah lost just a few sartorial points with the hat's overly enthusiastic bow, the ends of which ended up looking like an airline logo, but I loved the tail on the dress that created lots dramatic fluttering thanks to the wind.  




Cameras caught this hilarious moment as Fergie was trying to leave the church and one of the flower girls (Robbie Williams' daughter) asked her if she was the Queen.


Princess Beatrice really scored a home-run with her ensemble, too. She went super high-end with Ralph & Russo, and it appears she has caught the same hat-band fever that Kate has been indulging in with this complementing Sarah Cant headpiece. Again, I am 100% on board. I thought this was tasteful, elegant, and super chic. Well done, Bea. 


The Duchess of Sussex went with a navy ensemble from Givenchy. I am with all of you who have weighed in complaining she wears too much navy and black. I sympathize with her, because I wear almost exclusively black, navy, or grey these days. I like other colors, but that's where my wardrobe has drifted. But, these dark colors don't always photograph well, and it would have been nice to have a little pep from Meghan at this wedding. Nevertheless, I thought this was an elegant ensemble for her. She skirted her tailoring issues by wearing something that was meant to be boxy, and I thought it was a success (although many are speculating she is now hiding the beginnings of a bump. Time will tell).


Pippa and James Matthews were also there (as well as James Middleton, I think Mike & Carole must not have been invited). The Pipster looked fabulous (and matched the theme) in an emerald green ensemble by Emilia Wickstead.  She is super pregnant, and this was an ensemble that suited her. Thank goodness she didn't go with a drop-waist this time. 


Let's jump next to our favorite royal, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate the Great did wear a new ensemble, as I suspected she would. She tapped McQueen, again as is her preference for these big-ticket events. As several of you have remarked, it is a familiar design. Kate picked the same pattern as the bubble-gum pink McQueen from Trooping 2017 for this ensemble in an autumnal magenta. She added the peaked shoulders from her more recent ice-blue McQueen at this year's Trooping.


The dress has the same paper-bag tailoring at the waist as the 2017 version, but might feature a fuller skirt. It's hard to say, because we don't get a great look at Trooping ensembles, but I think it is the same skirt based upon the pleating in this photo.


Kate added a new hat from Philip Treacy, in a deep burgundy a few shades darker than her dress, and matched her velvet Prada pumps and Prada clutch to that shade, creating uniform and elegant accessories.


I love this snap of Kate's dress starting to swoop up as she quickly pats it down, and Sophie's face is priceless. Wearing a skirt has its hazards and the idea that Kate can prevent these sorts of situations is not a reasonable position, in my mind. Skirts are subject to the wind, and it can be very hard to predict how the combination of the wind and where you are standing (walls and doorways create unusual upward drafts) will conspire to expose you. You just have to be alert when it is windy. I agree that a slim slip could help.


The wind was very, very strong yesterday. A bit of a debate over whether Kate's hemline is weighted or should be weighted, blew up on Instagram, but the fact of the matter is that you cannot weight a skirt like this enough to contend with this kind of wind.

This is a good video of how quickly the blustery moment really was:



Different people have different approaches to PDAs, and as a couple William and Kate tend to fall on the more reserved end of the spectrum, but that makes their quiet moments all the sweeter. Kate likes to rest her hand on William's knee, and we have lots of snaps of this understated PDA from their first trip to Canada in 2011 to the present day. I love it. 

This was the first time we have seen Kate's children take on a public role without the direct supervision of one parent. Kate shepherded George and Charlotte when she acted as Pippa's matron-of-honor, and she was also on the front steps of St. George's Chapel when her little ones were featured in Meghan and Harry's wedding in May. The pictures from Sophie Carter's wedding showed Kate with the kids afterwards, although that might have been an early run at letting them perform their duties solo. When William and Kate arrived just after Meghan and Harry at yesterday's wedding I was entirely taken off-guard, because I assumed Kate would ride with Charlotte as she did in May.


Instead, after multiple performances in weddings, her little ones were fine on their own. Charlotte and George seemed to have hit their stride, with George in boisterous spirits as he larked about with his cousin. Charlotte stole the kids show, though, by continuing her penchant for gracious attention to the press and fans. What a little doll.


I have been surprised by the number of messages I have gotten asking where the Queen was. She was there! HM sat up toward the front, but she was one row back from her usual position. This picture of all the royals smiling as Eugenie walked up the aisle is super sweet, and gives you a sense of where everyone was seated. 


This screen grab will give you a spatial perspective:


Kate's and Meghan's weddings were springtime affairs and featured neutral pastels and delicate greenery. I loved both their color schemes, but a change of pace was just what the doctor ordered with the change in weather. I really enjoyed Eugenie's bolder, fall color scheme, particularly this cake.


The verdict on this wedding is a win all around. The bride was beautiful, with a traditional gown and tiara worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime event. Kate's choice to wear a new, deep magenta ensemble was spot on, further underscoring that this was a big-ticket event. As I have mentioned before, I think Eugenie looks up to Kate, and it was nice to see her really highlight a fellow princess's big day. If you missed the wedding, the complete ceremony will hit YouTube at some point, and I will share it when it does. Thanks to everyone who joined me for the live stream yesterday on IG, that was my first live feed, I think (maybe my second?) and it was super fun to share the excitement of the Royal Wedding with you all in real time.








92 comments:

  1. After William and Kate’s wedding this one is my favorite! So many thoughts.

    FIRST KATE and her family: I loved seeing her in fuchsia because she looks so good in jewel tones. The velvet hat and shoes were lovely (good thing it didn’t rain) but I still don’t like the waistline. Didn’t like it when she wore it before and I still don’t care for it. But the neckline and her overall look were stunning. I adored seeing her and William holding hands. Over seven years married and three children later and they are still adorable.
    The kids were so cute. Little George’s personality was more evident and Charlotte was still a little scene stealer. I thought the outfits with the artwork on the sashes were so clever and cute.

    THE BRIDE: She looked just stunning! The dress with those folds and that gorgeous fabric were perfect! The style was so flattering on her. The tiara was incredible! I love emeralds and what a great choice to go with her theme. A veil would only have taken away from the impact and would have covered her back which she didn’t want. They played an interview with her where, as an advocate for spinal patients, said it’s OK to show your scars even on your most special day.

    THE GROOM: How cute was he? So nervous and every once in awhile he would go completely red. Putting his glasses on to see his bride better as she walked down the aisle was so endearing. Their interactions with each other were very sweet.

    THE PARENTS: My heart went out to Fergie knowing she was sort of in enemy territory – especially with the DoE there. But she looked happy. Not a fan of the hat (or maybe it will grow on me) but the color was spot on for her. Poor girl never did have a very feminine walk. Maybe after the DoE is gone she will be welcomed more generously back into the fold. Jack’s parents looked like deer caught in the headlights. I think they were quite overwhelmed. As much as I don’t care for Andrew, I must say he looked like he was very kind to the Brooksbanks. Sorry to say that Jack’s mother’s ensemble looked a little sofa-ish to me.

    THE CHURCH & CEREMONY: The autumn flowers and foliage were so beautiful! The floral designer was brilliant in his creations. The ceremony was so traditional and beautiful but the music was heavenly. Andrea Bocelli and the Royal Philharmonic couldn’t have been more classic and romantic. At first I thought the reading from the Great Gatsby was odd until the officiant explained the meaning. Let’s hope the smile is the only thing Jack has in common with Jay Gatsby!

    THE GUESTS: Let me first say that ITV did a terrible job of covering the guests as they arrived. I didn’t even know until after the wedding that Pippa, James, and James Middleton were there. She looked beautiful. I saw Chelsea there only because I spotted her myself but I didn’t see and haven’t read that Cressida was there. I know they are both good friends with Eugenie. I think Camilla should have made the effort to fly down with Charles for the occasion. This wedding has been on the calendar for months and months so there really was no reason she couldn’t work around it. I was surprised at how many ladies wore emerald green. I thought Sophie’s hat was fabulous but I wish she and MM would have worn something a little more festive in color. Harry seemed plenty engaged outside the church but once inside looked glum. I was surprised HM didn’t wear a more vibrant color. Demi Moore? Ricki Martin? Huh. Glad we didn’t have to look at Victoria Beckham’s sour face this time around and the less said about the tall blue feather hat the better!

    The cake was gorgeous. I don’t get the fascination with red velvet cake but at least it wasn’t that stale old fruitcake!


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    1. Wonderful thoughts, Robin! I agrée with everything you say. What a magnificent occasion. This couple has sublime taste.

      Initially, I did miss the veil because I really love veils but once I heard about her scar and really looked at that amazing tiara ( which popped against her coloring!), it wasn't missed at all. I love emeralds too, so was giddy by the choice. I predict she has started a trend of veil- less brides and colored stone tiaras!

      Besides the bride and her exquisite tiara, the flowers and the music were the stars of the show! Just lovely!

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    2. I like you views!
      Especially the fashion parts.

      Regarding the reading I have to admit I still don‘t get this choice. I understand this passage reminds her of his smile but did she read the whole novel? It‘s a random choice for a reading I would think.

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    3. Thank you, Faith!

      Veronika H, I have to say I wondered as well if she read the whole novel! But, the sentiment about the smile was nice.

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    4. Enjoyed your summary, Robin! Agree with nearly everything you said.

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    5. Firstly, thanks Jane for your comments here and your live feed on IG...even if it was pre-coffee!
      Robin, I totally agree about Gatsby....hahaha! Thank you for your comments as well.

      This wedding was so beautiful. I was worried for them, following H&M so closely, but I liked this one better! More intimate (even though there were more people) and elegant, It was like I could feel their joy from across the pond.
      Eugenie was so lovely, she was glowing, the dress was breathtaking and the tiara....well....it was incredible! Jack was adorable and looked so in love. Andrea Bocelli, omg, everything was perfect.

      The Cambridge’s were fabulous, loved Kate’s dress and the color was perfect on her. George and Charlotte were sweet, with Charlotte once again stealing the show!
      I thought the outfit MM wore for Prince Louis’s christening would have been perfect....maybe it doesn’t fit? :-)
      I didn’t care for the navy once again.

      Princess Beatrice and the Countess of Wessexboth looked great as did the very pregnant Pippa! Very enjoyable morning of royal watching!

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    6. Robin have you seen the video that surfaced today that appears like Meghan scolded Harry? If they weren't getting on yesterday I could see that impacting Harry's mood.
      ~ A

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    7. Robin, I agree with so much of what you said.

      I was multitasking yesterday, but I did try to watch as much of the wedding as possible and I agree that the coverage wasn't great. A little less "expert" commentary and a little more attention to live details would have been nice.

      I thought Eugenie looked beautiful; the gown was so flattering on her and I cheered the tiara. Loved the emeralds added to the mix. I was convinced that she would wear Sarah's tiara, but perhaps that would have invited comparisons they preferred to avoid.

      I loved the vibrant and seasonal colors (both floral and fashion-wise). I thought Kate might recycle, but what was there not to love about her outfit? And it was nice to see "matching" accessories vs. neutrals for a bit of a change.

      I also didn't object to Eugenie passing on a veil. It was a pleasant and personal twist. Beatrice's role surprised me most of all, but I think it was a good way to treat the role given that Eugenie is younger. It was more important for her to accompany Sarah since Eugenie did have her father at her side. And, although I have never been an Andrew fan, I think he came across as a very supportive father and father-in-law yesterday and that was lovely to see. Normally he looks so stiff and grumpy, but not yesterday.


      I liked Sarah's outfit very much and although I understand the comments about the bow, the overall size of the hat did work very well to balance her look.


      The children were adorable! George continues to remind me of William as a child. Sometimes quiet and reserved, and sometimes quite a character. And I will say, again, that Charlotte is an old soul. She observes and absorbs her surroundings.

      I thought it was nice of Sophie to step closer to Kate in an effort to shield her when the wind became a challenge.

      Pippa looked lovely; great fit and color on her.

      I will just add that Bocelli was a classy (and classic) addition to the royal wedding and I liked the seasonal approach to a traditional wedding cake.

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    8. OH...and it was not my intention to ignore the groom. :-) He looks like a really good guy and they appear to make a great team. The touch of nerves he experienced was sweet IMO.

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    9. A~ Yes, I have seen that video. It's hard to tell if he was being scolded but, if so, he did interrupt her while she was talking to Zara. Still, a public scold with a cold shoulder isn't necessary. Let's hope the press interpretation of that is wrong but he did seem out of sorts in the church.

      royalfan, I agree it was so nice of Sophie to try and shield Kate when her dress went up. Those two seem to have some interesting experiences together. It was Kate who caught Sophie when the carriage jerked at Ascot! They seem to have a good relationship as do Kate and Zara. It's so nice for her to have friends within the family after seeing how painful it was when Diana did not. This whole wedding was full of wonderful little gems!

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    10. Robin, I agree we will most likely never know for sure, but something did appear to be going on between them. Yes, he was wrong to interrupt, but a public scold and cold shoulder isn't how to handle that. You don't shame people, let alone your spouse/children, into obedience.
      ~ A

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  2. Beautifully elegant, and so romantic! I loved everything about Eurgenie and Jack’s wedding. The Middleton girls looked marvelous! I still want Meghan to fasten her hair, the messy look is messy and distracts her as she continually plays with it and detracts from her otherwise lovely style, IMHO.

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  3. Thanks for this great post! Beautiful wedding. My only qualm is with the sashes/cummerbunds on the kids' outfits. To me they look like those magic-eyes in the newspapers back in the day, haha. Too busy and too out of sync with the rest of the rich, jewel-toned colour scheme of the day. Aside from those I think these are my favourite outfits I've seen for the little kiddo attendants at a wedding since Kate's! The high necks on the little girls' dresses are so lovely.
    -Chelsea

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    1. Chelsea, did you hear the meaning of the pattern on the children's sashes? It is a print from modern artwork. The same piece of art was featured on the back of their wedding program. I feel it must speak to their personal tastes and the sashes was a fun, unique way to do share that aspect of them. You can see the piece of art in this link:
      https://ca.hellomagazine.com/royalty/02018101247864/princess-eugenie-bridal-party-outfits-gift-bags
      ~ A

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    2. I also thought the sentiment behind the sashes and their connection to the artwork was lovely. I don't care for modern art but it was a nice touch.

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    3. Ah yes, I was aware of that! It's certainly a cool idea to incorporate some modern art appreciation into a wedding, but alas, still not a fan of the print itself :P
      -Chelsea

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  4. Oh Jane....lovely blog as always! Couldn’t agree more. Bride look ever so lovely & the groom so joyful. Right on with Fergie...the hat bow need to be curled & not flying like wings. She was so happy & a proud Mom. Besutrice look so nice & she spoke so well with enthusiasm & overjoyed for her sister. Andrew was a proud father of the bride & quite helpful with the brides train. I share your thoughts Jane I do hope Andrew & Fergie remarry. Very loving family. Kate looked stunning with her magenta hat & velvet pumps...Meghan needed to wear a more fall jewel tone. Cressida & Chelsey were absolutely gorgeous!!! Pippa look Fabulous also. Wasn’t quite sure why James Middleton attended, he doesn’t seem to fit in, in my thoughts.
    We in the US were so lucky the TLC did a live broadcast of the wedding although quite early for us on the West Coast. Well worth a rising at 4:15 am. Adored the beautiful floral arrangements so festive .
    Thanks again Jane as a faithful reader it’s always a pleasure to read your blog. Oregon Lady.

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    1. Oregon Lady, James Middleton has somewhat been in the social circle of the York girls. Honestly, I was shocked to see Eugenie/Jack at Pippa's wedding, but I think there are social gatherings that we never see photographs from. Eugenie and James have been photographed at least once at a social event. I don't recall ever seeing Eugenie with Demi Moore or Ricky Martin, so there is a lot of mystery as to how these friendships were formed :-)
      ~ A

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    2. I thought Sarah's hat might be her escape pod in case the royals got testy. Was it Sparky in the Little Rascals or Fatty that wore the beanie with the helicopter propellers? The fact that she didn't suddenly ascend over Windsor in that gusty wind continues to amaze me.
      Truly though--I think she looked marvelous. She was 100% authentic Sarah. Not a pretentious bone in her body.
      I thinks she brings a bit of perspective to the royal scene, that's for sure. After seeing her within spitting distance of the Duke of E. and nearly knee-nudging proximity in the group photos I have increased hope of re-marriage for her and Andrew. And didn't both the Duke of E. and his second son look smashing!

      Sidebar: the white York rose was featured but didn't this off-shoot of the royals descend from the Lancaster branch, not the Plantagenets? Wasn't there a huge battle involved with poor Richard III losing his head over it in battle. The Queen properly has jewelry and other objects that feature the Tudor rose. The Dukedoms of York, Cambridge, and Sussex don't have the meaning and relationship with the dukes that the Dukedom of Cornwall has with the POW.

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    3. lol, anon1, love your perspective on Sarah's hat! A lesser woman would have shrunk under the scrutiny she had to endure during this wedding but she does have her girls, Jack, and Andrew firmly in her corner.

      The current royal family are from the Tudor line who descended through the Lancasters. The houses of York and Lancaster are all Plantagenets. They were two waring sides of the same family. The House of York's symbol was the white rose and the House of Lancaster was the red rose - hence The Wars of the Roses. The Tudor rose used by the current royal family is a combination of both with the red being on the outside and the white being in the heart. I, being a firm Ricardian, was thrilled to see the York's white rose feature prominently in this wedding. It made my little Yorkist heart smile.

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    4. I knew both houses descended from the Plantagenet Edward III. I think the branch this family descends from originated with Edward III's 3-4th son John of Gaunt via his mistress and later second wife. That's from memory and I do appreciate being corrected. I too am a firm believer in the Plantagenet branch claim --via Lionel of Antwerp, an older son than John. I digress.
      Thank-you Robin for the reminder of the meaning of the Tudor Rose.
      I just thought that since the mostly red Tudor Rose is the emblem the Windsor family uses and since Andrew is not actually a functioning Duke of York, as Charles is Duke of Cornwall, that the use of the white rose in this context was interesting. One wonders if this signals the beginning of The War of the Cousins, part two. Ha!

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  5. Psst.. It's Peter Pilotto, not Paul :-)

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  6. Hey Jane, first time commenter here, but long time follower! :)

    Kate: love the color of her ensemble. The raspberry/fuchsia color perfectly suited the autumn theme. However, as much as I love her in McQueen ensembles, the repeat styling and tailoring is getting a bit...predictable? Don't get me wrong, she looked great, but for these more high profile events I wish she'd mix it up a bit. Loved her fascinator, though. Plus her subtle PDA with William was sweet.

    Bride: Stunning. The emerald tiara was very flattering with her coloring, I agree! Plus, while I was initially shocked she didn't wear a veil, it would have covered up her scar and the detailing from the back. So I agree with Eugenie's decision to not wear one. The wind would have made wearing one a struggle, anyway. The tailoring was fantastic, and it fit her perfectly. But I don't think she lost too much weight before the wedding, so the dress fit like a glove. Also, another small note, the label is *Peter Pilotto, not Paul Pilotto. :) I hadn't heard of the label before either, and I really thought she'd go with Erdem! I guess PP is known for their innovative textiles.

    Meghan: I was a bit disappointed she chose a dark color for this kind of event again, yet I did think she was dressed appropriately for a fall wedding. Also, I suspect she may be pregnant? Rumor is she isn't going to the islands that have had Zika activity during her tour with Harry, and he's going solo. This outfit, that rumor, plus the roots of her hair make me suspect she might be!

    The Duchess of York and Beatrice: I thought the emerald green was very flattering on Fergie, but I agree that the ribbon on the hat was a bit much. Plus, I thought the hat covered her face too much (admittedly, that may have been intentional). I thought it was sweet how Beatrice walked inside with her mother, as that would have been very daunting for Fergie to do so alone. I'd love to see her and Andrew remarry, but it won't happen while the Duke of Edinburgh is alive. I know a lot of people were surprised that Beatrice didn't wear ivory like Eugenie and handle the bridesmaids and pages like Pippa did, but I think what Beatrice wore was appropriate, and she looked great. I think her role as Maid of Honor was mainly to support Fergie. She also delivered the reading of The Great Gatsby excerpt very well for someone with dyslexia!

    Bridesmaids and page boys: cute outfits! George and Savannah were so goofy and cute, loved it. Also, I liked how Eugenie included Lady Louise and Viscount Severn as special attendants.

    Flowers and cake: I loved all the autumn foliage. Very natural and organic. The cake was also beautiful. I'm not a huge fan of red velvet (only when it has cream cheese frosting), but I think it was chosen since the color suited the theme, and I mean, chocolate is a crowd pleaser. I liked how the styling of the cake was similar to the traditional fruitcakes of the past.

    Ceremony: Beautiful. Andrea Bocelli and the Royal Philharmonic as the musical entertainment was an excellent choice, especially with the acoustics of the chapel. It was definitely a more traditional ceremony than Harry and Meghan's. I liked how she included the Archbishop of York, as a Princess of York.

    The Queen: loved her ice blue ensemble! Beautiful buttons, and hat. Plus her showstopper brooch. She looked beautiful, and I'm very happy the Duke of Edinburgh decided to attend as well, despite his feud with Fergie.

    Duke of York: I'm not a huge fan of Andrew, but his attentiveness to his daughter really was a highlight of the wedding. You could tell how proud he was, and I loved how helpful he was with her long train. He's a hands on father, and it really showed here. Not sure if you saw clips, but he stepped forward to help Bea stuff her train into the Aston Martin as they were leaving the reception as well!

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    1. Regarding the cake, perhaps Eugenie was introduced to Red Velvet during the year she lived in NYC? I believe it's origin/popularity is from the American South? Wikipedia tells me the original recipe is used at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. At my wedding one tier of the cake was red velvet with cream cheese :-)
      Agreed on Andrew being a very doting, hands-on father yesterday! Despite his flaws, I think it gave us insight into how he must be a hands-on father everyday.
      ~ A

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    2. I am somewhat cynical regarding Andrew's public performance as a family man. I have no doubt he is a true Dad to his girls in private. At best,it adds to my hope of a calibrated lead-in and build-up to marriage to Sarah. It seems to me there has been an increasing occurrence of public appearances as a family. Honestly, I could not believe my eyes when I saw him tending to Eugenie's train. Especially while she was climbing into the carriage. He did seem during an interview concerned with stepping on the train.
      At worst, his family man, doting Father behavior as well as kindness toward Jack's parents is an emulation of the sweet and debonair attention Charles paid to both Meghan and her Mother during the previous wedding. Charles gained a lot of Brownie points by his kind behavior, however it was motivated. I think we may be seeing either brotherly rivalry or a new PR tactic for redeeming Princes who have blotted their copybooks. ;+)

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    3. Ha! Anon 1:27. You called it. Rumors, roots, plus--remember
      she reportedly was "sipping on mint tea," on her reported flight to Toronto a month or two ago.(as well as champagne)

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  7. I agree with you about the TV coverage RobinfromCA. It was not well done at all. The whole reason for tuning in early (4:25 AM) for me is the commentary on who's who as the guests arrive. That part was disappointing but my disappointment ended there.

    Eugenie was magnificent from head to toe. I can't think of a single thing I would have changed. The wedding ceremony itself was lovely, too.

    The Duchess of York chose well with the color of her very flattering suit. I liked it better than the navy with pink collar she wore to Harry and Meghan's wedding which somehow looked dated to me. The hat was OK but someone posted a picture of it next to the Golden Snitch and now I can't get that out of my mind when I look at her. Prince Andrew can be a major buffoon at times but I have always admired him for his unwavering loyalty to Fergie in spite of her many escapades. Watching him spring into action to help with PE's train reinforces my feeling that he is a good guy. I read that he hugged Jack at the reception. Aaawww...

    Beatrice, a bit of advice, girlfriend--in the future go directly to Ralph & Russo without so much as a moment of hesitation. I get that it's super expensive but so are some of your other experiments in high fashion that don't come close to this look.

    Meghan's look is not the sort of youthful outfit that 37 year old should be wearing. Perfectly respectable but boring.

    Her Maj I prefer in brighter colors but far be it from me to ever criticize the Queen.

    Lastly, the Other Guests. Forgive this rather unsophisticated description but what is with the helmet of netting on many of these hats? Kate Moss and daughter, Demi Moore, etc. A little poof of netting over the eyes is good but an upside down bowl of netting over the head, not so good IMHO. Lady Melissa Percy's blue hat and jumpsuit were certainly interesting.

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    1. Beth, I have to agree with you on Beatrice! She definitely looked the best I've seen her in several years and Ralph & Russo should definitely be her "go to" for events! I also love your description of the helmut netting! lol

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    2. Lady Melissa Percy’s outfit confused me.

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    3. Kate's hat had the helmet netting, too, just a more subtle version. If you see a side shot you'll see how it surrounds her head. It must be all the rage right now! ;-)
      ~ A

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    4. Kiwi Gal, Definitely a strange choice for Lady Melissa Percy to wear what I call a "Donny Osmond cap" to the wedding. ( https://www.smoothradio.com/features/1970s/teen-idols-from-the-70s-where-are-they-now/david-essex/ ) Nothing was as strange as Poppy Delevingne though. Yikes! I finally saw a photo of Cressida - odd shoe choice. Ellie Goulding must have been wearing Erdem with that huge nightgown ruffle at the bottom of her dress!

      ~A, What a horrible "rage" and let's hope it ends soon!

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  8. I agree Robin, everything was beautiful. I loved the dress, the bride looked her absolute best, the dress, the tiara, fabulous. The flowergirls' dresses are my favourites ever, I adore the sashes and the sleeves. I loved the flower arrangements and the cake. Jack and Eugenie look to be very much in love. I really like Kate's colour scheme, dress, shoes and beautiful hat, but not the waist, maybe it particularly suits her? Beatrice looks great, again her outfit is beautiful on her. Pippa looks super. I haven't seen the coverage yet so I can't really comment on any other guests.
    I just want to say again, wow, Eugenie really pulled it off, it was tasteful, beautiful and everyone looks so happy!

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  9. LOVED this wedding. What a cute couple. My favourite moments were will and Kate's holding hands. So real and genuine, the way the seats are they wouldn't have known the camera would pick it up. Also Kate beaming at her kids as they came into sight was lovely .

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  10. I thought Eugenie looked lovely. Her dress was beautiful and so well suited to her. Her choice of tiara seemed perfect for this autumn wedding. Comparisons will forever be drawn between this wedding and that of Harry and Meghan's, but I tried to view it with fresh eyes and remember that Eugenie is her own person. Royal roots, yes, but her life and experiences are going to be very different, and as such, she has shown her own tastes. I do have a question about the situation between her mom and dad. I know they are divorced but I seem to remember reading that they live in the same home.?. Do they live then as husband and wife but have to kind-of sweep that under the carpet because Prince Philip does not accept her? Is it really possible that they might remarry at some point? Seems a confusing relationship.

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    1. Eugenie's royal background, the support of her family, and her good taste were definitely on display on her wedding day! It was beautiful from start to finish. The relationship between her parents may be confusing to outsiders, but the understanding is that the Yorks are a family that has put old hurts aside for the benefit of the children, and possibly because they all genuinely enjoy each other's company. There was real love there once between Andrew and Sarah, and that's no small thing. And they both obviously adore their daughters. Kudos to all of them for coming together and making Oct. 12 a wonderful day for Eugenie and Jack.

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    2. From what I understand they all live in the same house but it's extremely large and Andrew and Fergie each have their own suite of rooms. One thing they never did was tear their children to pieces over their divorce and their differences.

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    3. Laura, I think there relationship is confusing as most divorced couples are not as close/tied to each other as these two are. After the Cambridge wedding Sarah was on Oprah and talked about how Andrew had called her that morning and said he was carrying a photo of her in his pocket to have her there that day. Since then, I saw her interviewed for a US news show (can't remember which one) and it took place at Andrew's country home - she said she'd be homeless if it wasn't for his generosity. Then it came out a few years ago that Andrew and Sarah jointly purchased a vacation home in Verbier and both of their names are on the title/mortgage. I think they have maintained a warm relationship for their children's sake, but some of these other stories indicate to me that they have a deep affection/love for each other. I don't think their marriage was setup for success. It isn't uncommon for some divorced couples to rekindle their romance after time apart and then remarrying. I feel that if he wasn't a prince and his dad wasn't Philip that they would stand a good chance of already being remarried.
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    4. I think once Philip is gone there is a good possibility of remarriage. HM has proven more flexible than PP. Their break-up was never about a serious third party relationship on either side as it was with the Wales'.

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  11. I've begun a list of BRF wedding customs/traditions/protocol which've reached their sell-by dates, and IMO need to be dropped. Here are a few samples: 1. Ditch the requirement, and I assume there is one, for wedding veils. Eugenie looked spectacular without one; leave it up to the bride's choice. 2. Ditch the requirement for covered shoulders and long sleeves; again, it should be the bride's choice. 3. Ditch the need for bridal wedding rings to be made of Welsh gold; some brides would prefer white or pink gold or perhaps platinum. 4. Ditch the ritual of depositing the bridal bouquet, or a replica of same, at the memorial of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey.

    IMO, Eugenie got away with breaking the first two above only because her father pled her case as a charitable act since Eugenie champions a cause having to do with scoliosis...but I have a sneaking suspicion that just maybe this was a style Eugenie particularly liked, or perhaps it was a blend of both together with the fact that this wedding was billed as private and that Eugenie wasn't on the Royal payroll.

    The last two I mentioned were introduced by the Queen Mother, the first as a PR move--let's keep the Welsh happy--, and the second as a combined PR move--she wed Prince Albert soon after the end of WW1--and in remembrance of at least one brother who'd perished in said conflict. ( Born Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she was a master of PR.) My point is that no Welshman or woman would buy into that trivia these days, nor are there any remaining soldiers of WW1. It's enough to recognize those who died on Nov.11.

    I really liked Eugenie's dress--very flattering--and tiara. I also liked that she tied the green theme into her bridesmaid's and page boy outfits; I liked the length of the bridesmaid's dresses too; much more flattering than some. Ditto the length of the trousers on the boys.

    The wedding ceremony, itself, seemed much shorter yet just as smooth as that of Harry and Megan's. ( I cringed pretty much throughout Archbishop Curry's theatrical sermon, at H&M's nuptials, altho admittedly, I'm not a fan of drawn-out sermons or speeches which convey the same meaning every-which-way-but-loose, and tend to tune out .)

    On the whole, I enjoyed Eugenie's wedding service and her modest modernizations. She and Jack gave every appearance of being very much in love and I wish them the best in the years to come.

    JC

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    1. Technically Eugenie's dress was not off the shoulder. It was a wide V in front and back but it was on her shoulders. I've never heard there was a requirement for veils at royal weddings but they are very traditional for brides the world over which, I suspect, is the reason other royal brides have worn them. I like the tradition of the Welsh gold for the wedding rings. It is a very rare gold and it comes as a gift from HM. I think it's significant as others play down this wedding as a "minor royal" event that HM treats all of her grandchildren equally and this was a lovely gesture.

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    2. I don't recall mentioning specifically that Eugenie's was off the shoulder, altho, re-reading my post, the inference, I suppose, was inadvertently there.

      Oh bollocks, Robin, re the Welsh gold! The bride should be asked for her preference! and ditto her engagement ring as she's the one who gets stuck wearing them.

      This wedding deserves the same favour, in the eyes of the Queen, as the rest of Her Majesty's grandchildren have received, and, as far as I can tell, it did--at least as far as the venues for the ceremony and the reception following same and the carriage/coach procession go, it did. To be sure, Harry got a longer procession route, even tho he's only sixth in line, but, as for William, he didn't seem to be given much choice, re venues or procession, altho I rather doubt that his, or Kate's, first preference for their evening reception would've been Buckingham Palace. Too many royal, including royal courtiers, spies around, for one thing.

      Seems to me that the restrictions on William and Kate are far too onerous, even when it comes to something as personal as their wedding; hence, my suggestions--some of them--above, and my delight that Eugenie did things differently; the fine edge of the wedge...?

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    3. Sometimes churches (not just COE) require or strongly suggest shoulders and arms be covered for all who enter, not only for brides.  It is my impression the "higher" the church, the more likely there are to be suggestions, if not actual mandates about dress. That said, neither Autumn nor Zara wore dresses with long sleeves so I'm not sure there is a "rule" about that for royal weddings (although I do remember in 2011 there were some rumblings about the short sleeves of Pippa's maid of honor dress mostly because the wedding was in WA.) But more on point is that (I think) Autumn's dress in 2008 was actually strapless (her adult attendant's dresses certainly were) and the lace "sleeves" on her dress were part of a shrug. More recently Meghan was roundly criticized for wearing a dark sleeveless dress to a memorial service. I'm not sure why grief would make the sight of a bare arm upsetting or offensive so I assume the concern was because the service was in a church but it wasn't WA.

      Maybe I'm just into royal traditions but I think the use of Welsh gold for the bride's ring is sweet although I guess brides who want all the metals in their jewelry to match and who like white gold or platinum might find it a confining tradition. Still, if that's a deal breaker I expect other aspects of being in the BRF would be a bigger deal! I also like the tradition of royal brides carrying myrtle from Queen Victoria's garden. And I like the placing of the bouquet on the Tomb. While the Queen Mother placed her bouquet in memory of her brother who was killed a few years before in WWI, and there are national observances each November, it seems (for understandable reasons) the UK and other parts of Europe engage in war remembrances and wreath-layings throughout the year, every year. And if royal bouquets weren't put there, what should be done with them instead? I can't imagine a royal bride throwing her bouquet. And personally I find that tradition a bit tacky, especially if people end up fighting over the bouquet (although I guess that is in keeping with the origin of the tradition!) Certainly any bride who wants to can remove a few flowers before it is sent to be placed on the Tomb so I'm not sure why it would be an oppressive tradition to any bride.

      To me, if tradition isn't part if being royal it becomes easier to wonder why those particular people have the advantages they do and why those are sometimes at taxpayer expense. But maybe that is an overly simolistic way to look at things.

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    4. JC, I think Will/Kate had some say in their ceremony location, because they weren't married at St Paul's. Granted it might have had negative connotation due to his parent's wedding there and subsequent nasty divorce (but Kate does wear Diana's ring), St Paul's would have held more people and Will/Kate tried to keep their wedding as "small" as possible.

      Eugenie had say in her engagement ring! Jack had already purchased the center stone (which I'm sure was based on discussions with Eugenie), but didn't have a ring when he proposed. When they came back to London they designed the ring together.

      As for Welsh gold, I think it's a lovely tradition. Also, if Eugenie wants different materials/style there are always anniversary rings :-) I was torn between two styles of wedding bands - I chose one for my wedding band, and then received the other as an anniversary gift and now I have a stack of rings on my left ring finger.
      ~ A

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    5. I only said I liked the tradition of the Welsh gold and it is a fact that it has to be bestowed by the Queen as a gift because it comes from a gift to HM from the company who mined it. The mines are all closed now making it very rare. I'm sure HM doesn't require it but I find it (just my personal opinion) a lovely gesture and family tradition to carry on. Only the gold is gifted but I think the band can be made in any style the bride wants or not take it at all. Zara doesn't wear one of them and Kate has added an eternity band to hers.

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  12. Thank you, Jane, for such a beautiful post. What a wonderful day! Eugenie was stunning. That fabric was exquisite, and there were lots of other well-chosen dresses (including Kate's, Sarah's Pippa's and Beatrice's) and lots of love in the air (including Kate and William's sweet affection). Lovely.

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  13. The wedding was absolutely lovely! Eugenie was drop-dead gorgeous and Jack just adorable and so genuinely sentimental. I thought the unusual (for the royals) pops of colorful print on the children, just beautiful and perfect for the season. This is the first royal wedding I have seen that seems just full of relaxed, genuinely happy and "normal" family members. A very nice peek into what is probably just that!

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  14. A fashion note: PP, while a British brand, is actually run by two gentlemen who are not British. They are a darling in the London fashion scene, and Eugenie wears the brand regularly. Did anyone else notice that hat bands were everywhere at this wedding?? Not just Beatrice but Cressida and a slew of the guests in the Daily Mail. Do we think the trend was started by DOC or this is a bit of fashion swing? I have not seen hat bands so prevalent at other royal weddings.

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    1. I noticed that, too! I thought Kate may have started the trend. I didn’t like it when Kate wore hers, but after seeing Cressida & Beatrice wearing them, it’s grown on me!

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    2. Kate didn’t start the trend, it’s been a thing for a while now if you follow British upper class weddings/society events. I think Kate has made this style more known to the masses (like us) bc her pictures are everywhere.

      But I love that Kate went with a different style hat here, this style is gorgeous and more youthful looking.

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  15. Wow what a wedding! I'm sure she looks up to Kate. She had the same car and pieces of the ceremony were the same as Kate's wedding.
    They look so cute and in love. Very beautifel couple. Dress was GORGEOUS. This autumn wedding had something magical.
    Fergie is such a fantastic personality. I wished Beatrice had a long bridesmaid dress but the outfit she wore didn't dissapointed me.
    I'm glad Pippa made it to the wedding. I think she is close to Eugenie. In the past they attended charity events together and Eugenie was on Pippa's wedding while Bea wasn't there.
    Kate was gorgeous. In every inch a queen! I LOVE the moment she and William held hands together. I LOVE this couple. Almost 2 decades together and still going strong.
    George en Charlotte were cute as usual.

    These days are really exiting for royal fans. Weddings, babys I just love it.

    I'm hoping that Beatrice will find the one and that we can enjoy another royal wedding in the future.

    For now just waiting on Pippa's baby. Auntie Kate will be thrilled too!

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    1. These really are exciting times, aren’t they? Such a joyous wedding! I was (pleasantly) surprised to see Pippa there as I thought she was due to have her baby at any moment! I think she looked the best out of all the guests; that green EW suited her perfectly. I can’t wait for Bea to get married. I hope she finds the one, too.

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    2. Anon 3:50, I am not a fan of Bea, but I agree that I hope she finds someone special. I could see her being like Harry and having a shorter courtship followed by a quick engagement - because of her age and life experience. Also, as Barbara Bush (Jenna's sister) recently said about her wedding, that the consequence to marrying later in life is that you've lost people you love who cannot attend.
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    3. ~A, It was so touching when Barbara said that because you know she was thinking about her beloved grandmother after whom she was named. I am also not a great fan of Beatrice but I also hope she finds someone and maybe finds some direction in her life as a result.

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  16. The bride looked stunning!I have to say that this was my second favourite royal wedding aside from Kate and William's wedding.I loved kate's outfit and I always look forward to seeing George and Charlotte.As for Meghan I do think someone from the palace should have a word with her about her hair,its always so messy and sloppy.

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  17. The bride looked stunning!I have to say that this was my second favourite royal wedding aside from Kate and William's wedding.I loved kate's outfit and I always look forward to seeing George and Charlotte.As for Meghan I do think someone from the palace should have a word with her about her hair,its always so messy and sloppy.

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  18. Eugenie’s hair and makeup were beautiful and I thought the tiara looked lovely. Beatrice also looked lovely- the neckline on her outfit was so pretty. The color of Kate’s dress was beautiful, but I guess I don’t understand why she keeps having dresses remade in different colors. I thought Kate’s hat was also beautiful, but I wish she would try a different updo- Sophie’s hair was probably my favorite! I thought Meghan’s outfit was very pretty- I think she can’t win- if she wore a bright color like Kate, she’d be accused of trying to stand out, so wearing a simple outfit in navy was smart.

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    1. I was hoping MM would wear a deep green (the shade Pippa wore), burgundy, or a deep rust color. All of which would look beautiful on her but not stand out as a bright color. There was something just "off" with her and Harry yesterday. Maybe they were just self conscious about the possibility of the two weddings being compared. Not a problem for me - this one was so different.

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    2. I adored Sohie’s updo!

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    3. *Sophie! I, too, wish Kate would update her updos!

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    4. Robin, H&M did seem a bit “off” & I thought it was for the exact same reason you mentioned. They both looked kind of grumpy at times in the chapel, but they were fine outside.

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    5. There are some articles out there purporting to report lip-reads of their conversation inside. Who knows though. Everybody has off days.

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    6. Yes, they did seem grumpy. But they were seated below the Kents, who they didn't invite to their wedding. So maybe not being able to turn around & talk to them was awkward/added some strain. Who knows. They also have a big tour coming up. Maybe it was that.

      I hope the marriage isn't showing cracks already!

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    7. Re: Kate's repeated style - we still think she doesn't have a formal stylist so maybe pregnancy with two little kids, followed by a newborn and two energetic kids, she doesn't have the time and energy to research styles. Or, it's strategy to have a semi-fresh look - enough that it adds some pizazz that it's new, while also being the same which reduces the buzz a new outfit causes. She did something similar at Harry's wedding by recycling the style of George's christening outfit with one small tweak, but in a very pale creamy yellow (as opposed to the off-white).

      I have gone from a fan of Meghan's to thinking she's in the marriage for the wrong reasons and seeing Harry squirming and looking sad, while she's acting smiley to others made me sad for him. My husband and I went to numerous weddings within a year of our wedding, and while it is kind of hard to not compare things, I was genuinely so happy for every couple. You can have off days and conflict but another relationship skill is knowing when to be humble and choose not to fight on a day of celebration. In a church where there were cameras everywhere Meghan chose to display her frustrations instead of just being loving and addressing her concerns privately.
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    8. I have never been a great fan of Meghan's but I've tried to be fair about her. They've gone from always touching and gazing into each other's eyes to what we saw at this wedding. Then again, maybe those are the moments the camera seemed to focus on and we didn't get to see any other interactions between them that may have been more normal. We are at the mercy of the tv coverage. I did feel a bit sorry for Harry though as he did look very uncomfortable while sitting in the church.

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    9. Did anyone see the video showing the Queen directing traffic, trying to get Harry to move over at the top of the stairs after the wedding? Anyone who thinks HM doesn't call the shots should think again. It reminded me of the Queen's pointing at Kate and directing her after a service at St. Mary's, I think it was. Or her shaking her finger at William's distraction on the balcony.

      The veil situation, or lack thereof, after Meghan's very long and prominent and dramatic veil that was featured in a recent film about the Queen and the Commonwealth-- it was almost the elephant in the room to me. The scar story was plausible but truthfully, I did not see a scar or at least one that should warrant such a focus. The little dancer in the troop in the pre-wedding interview thought it would be great if Eugenie's gown did reveal the scar so I am sure showing it did have meaning for those who have had the surgery. Translating that to a general metaphorical showing of scars was a stretch for me.. I was expecting such a huge, garish scar. All I saw was a shadow. Lovely thought but I did think the lack of veil could have also been a BRF way of reflecting on the very dramatic. spot lit, solo walk to trumpet fanfare that Meghan had in contrast to the simple, veiless journey with her Father that Eugenie made. Harry had to have noticed the contrast. He may have mentioned it. I think any one, brides especially, who marries into this family has a narrow path to tread. Emulate the royals too closely and one is laughed at or ridiculed. Go big and one might end up going home alone. Meghan went big. Sarah demonstrated her commoner beginnings with the flower head piece. Kate was a vision in tasteful yet modest attire, including a modest tiara.
      Harry may seem like a regular fellow and like to clown around but make no mistake--he has been a royal all his life and that sort of training kicks in, even when one wishes to be a fair and modern spouse.

      On the other hand, the wedding's being just a few days away from a challenging tour could have anyone on edge. Harry looked more sad or pensive than angry to me.

      PS Did anyone see any royal other than Andrew and the girls speaking to Sarah? I hope they did.

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  19. I absolutely loved it. (My second favourite behind Will and Kate) I loved the autumnal flowers, the blue carpet, her gorgeous dress, that magnificent tiara, and the ceremony itself. I loved her dress at first glance, but loved it even more when I saw the embroidery! The tiara was beautiful and went well with her hair colour and eyes!

    I loved that they did that first bit of the ceremony before the quire! And I loved that she had the chairs turned toward the aisle.

    The ceremony itself I found very nice (some might’ve thought it was a bit boring). Beatrice during her reading was so bubbly and you could tell she was beyond happy for her sister! (Also, I haven’t really heard her speak that much and she sounds so different than her sister!)

    The bridesmaids and pageboys were cute and I’d say very well behaved! :) . I think the sashes could’ve been a bit thinner, and the velvet pants for the boys were interesting. Haha.

    As for guests, Kate was tops for me! Beautiful dress, beautiful colour. She stood out, but not so much that she distracted us from the bride! Autumn’s dress was also lovely. And I found it sweet that Peter, Autumn, Mike and Zara were in the front row as opposed to Will, Kate, Harry and Meghan. I guess I just assumed they’d be front row. And Kate and William holding hands was adorable. I noticed it from the wide angle and then the camera noticed too and zoomed in!

    And then the 2 kisses on the steps while waiting for the carriage was lovely!

    And I think those are all my thoughts! Lol.

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      But, yes, I agree it was sweet seeing the cousin's without titles getting front row seats, as they are usually relegated to the 2nd or 3rd rows :-)
      ~ A

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  20. Forgot to add this to my other post! Thank you for adding you’ll let us know when the ceremony will be put back up on, hopefully the BRF YouTube! It confuses me why they took it down! Perhaps so they can use a wedding photo as the thumbnail? Hmmm. Thanks again!

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  22. I agree with you on so many points, Jane! I'm pro-Fergie and hope that after Philip/Queen pass they will remarry, even if it's a private wedding. I have two friends whose parents divorced, and then after years apart rebuilt their relationship and then remarried. I love a good love story.

    Kate looked spectacular and I love how she wears the Queen's jewelry to these family occasions; I love that it shows off her status in the family.

    Eugenie was stunning and they seem so happy together! I love veils so I was a little sad she didn't have one, but I understand it would have covered her scars. Her boldness with the emeralds was fabulous and set her apart from the other royal brides of her generation (Kate, Autumn, Zara, Meghan). While the wedding was beautifully traditional, I love the nod to her career in art with modern art used as the children's belts/sashes and featuring on the back of the wedding program.

    I laughed to myself that Bea chose more subtle head-wear for her sister's wedding. I think Eugenie and Kate click, and I think Kate and Bea don't which is fine as I don't like Bea...those hats at the Cambridge wedding spoke volumes about the attention they craved, but I think they also learned from it.

    ~ A

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  23. Oh, Meghan. I am concerned about her and didn't love her look, but she didn't look bad and is staying true to her personal style. The video today of her scolding Harry, then leaning forward smiling at Zara left Harry looking rather uncomfortable. I feel her change in body language was to freeze out Harry after she was upset with him. She was listening to Zara before she scolded Harry, but wasn't leaning forward with that smile. She is comfortable with public settings which is why I think she's an asset, but I also don't trust Meghan. A royal wedding is an appropriate occasion for a pricey designer outfit, but almost all of her outfits are very expensive. While Kate was widely criticized for it, I love how in Kate's early days she eased herself into spending Charles' money on pricey outfits (he pays for their working attire). Meghan has seemed very eager to spend Harry's and Charles' money on very expensive clothes...because you can't defend that her Suits money buys dresses that are thousands of pounds or tens of thousands of pounds each.

    ~ A

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    1. Does anyone have a link to the video of Meghan scolding Harry? I haven't seen it anywhere yet... Thanks!

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    2. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6272167/Did-Harry-Meghan-tiff-royal-wedding.html

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    3. That is not scolding, not even an eye roll, sorry.

      And clearly we have a very different idea of building a royal wardrobe. No one criticized Kate for years spending a lot of money on bespoke dresses. But when she orders the same dresses in every colour now, that is something confusing, also last year she hardly rewore anything, she had fewer engagements but wore new new new items.

      Meghan is building her wardrobe, so let's wait and criticize her after years.

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    4. Anon 7:56 - I think it’s a bit early to start the “Harry & Meghan are on the outs” conversation. I actually think it shows that a couple is more comfortable with each other when they can ‘scold’ each other. It’s a sign that they’re relaxed with each other & who hasn’t rolled their eyes at their partner at some stage.

      Also, I think it’s very double-standard to berate Meghan for the cost of her choice of outfits when Kate is continually getting multiple version of the exact same gown made in a different colour!! She has three versions of that Alexander McQueen dress now - bubblegum pink, blue and raspberry & three versions of the coat dress she wore to Meghan’s wedding - two of which (cream & very light yellow) were barely distinguishable. Each of those dresses is custom-made and therefore thousands of pounds each and while they are beautiful they are also interchangeable so hardly worth the cost!

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    5. Anon 10:02 & Anon 1:26 my comparison to Meghan & Kate is Meghan's early days which are right now to Kate's early days that were 7 years ago. Early on Kate wore lots of High Street clothes, wore clothes she previously owned, and even wore her mom's dress once (which I admit wasn't a great fashion moment). Every event Meghan has attended she has a new, very expensive outfit. Meghan had that absurdly expensive dress purchased for their engagement photos, and since it was paid for "privately" I think that means Harry or Charles purchased it. My point is Meghan isn't easing herself into the money available to her, whereas Kate did. Kate now spending money on these outfits is fine. Meghan spending this money in a couple years would seem fine to me, too. Right now it seems opportunistic and unnecessary.
      ~ A

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    6. If one is to be fair, one should compare with Kate's first year as a royal. You may not remember, but she wore a lot of Reiss, LK Bennett, a lot of British high Street brands that she introduced to the world. And people went mad shopping because it was accessible. She also wore repeats of her old clothes even borrowed her mother's dress. Also the way she changed the accessories when she repeated. It was so refreshing and inspiring. Now, after a gradual process, she is very much more dressing like a senior royal, and still always appropriate and pretty. Usually more expensive, although she still wears high street and 14 years old boots. And she wears a majority of British brands. I think there is an objective difference here and that Meghan is wearing more couture, more very expensive bags, more foreign designers, and even comparing her expenses with those of Kate now, she spends more.

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  24. Two things. First, the second row is where the Queen always sits in St. George's chapel. She prefers those seats as they are smooth wood, not carved like the rest and therefore more comfortable. No one sits in front of her. Secondly, Nanny Maria was waiting for the children just inside the church doors. I think they were only alone for the car ride from the castle, but I agree they were amazing.

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  25. I think I loved everything about this beautiful wedding.
    PE was simply stunning. A beautiful woman made more beautiful by marrying her true love. And then even more beautiful by wearing a truly magnificent dress. My word! That gown is beyond gorgeous. The cut is perfect for her figure, the dip in the back to show her scar is inspiring.
    The emeralds in the tiara were perfect for her coloring. No need to cover it with a veil - let it shine in all its glory. What a magnificent piece of jewelry!
    The flowers were fabulous. I love fall colors.
    It was precious that she had her younger cousins as part off the wedding party, especially sweet Lady Louise.
    Most of the guests looked wonderful. Again the fall colors were beautiful. Loved Pippa's green. I'm not always a fan of her wardrobe choices, but she's been killing it throughout her pregnancy.
    Her Majesty always looks perfect. She just does.
    Most of the Royal family looked fabulous. Loved the Princess Royal in green.
    The Duchess of Sussex looked nice, but dull. I do wish she would save the messy bun for informal occasions.
    The Duchess of Cambridge was drop-dead gorgeous. I think she is getting more beautiful as she gets older.
    The raspberry color really suited her. I'm not crazy about the waist on this or the light pink Trooping dress. I do like the slightly puffy sleeves though.
    I wish she were a little more a adventurous in her choices. Her tendency to repeat outfits in different colors with the slightest of tweaks is a little boring. She has the best design houses at her beck and call, I wish she would take advantage of this. Except Erdem. I don't think she doses Erdem well.
    I loved her hat. I haven't made up my mind about the hat bands yet.
    All in all, this was a glorious day#

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  26. I have a hat question for those of you who wear them more than me.
    I bought a cute fascinator for a Halloween party. It's on a headband. I never notice the bands on other women. Do they style their hair to cover the band, or are they wearing something different than what I have.
    Also - how do you get used to the netting over your eyes? It's driving me nuts. 😋

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    1. Style your hair over the band if possible.

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  27. Eugenie looked wonderful, and so happy! She seems genuinely nice and like she gets along with everybody. I'm glad she invited the full BRF as well. And it was nice to see a tiara that hasn't been seen in decades get a very public wearing. It really enhanced her coloring, what a great combination.

    Meghan's outfit was fine. Boring, but fine. As I noted above, it seems she & Harry were a bit grumpy with each other. I'm not sure she's pregnant, I think they would've been more lovey-dovey inside if so. And Harry going to Zika areas solo isn't definitive - you're not supposed to try for a baby for some time post-exposure to areas with it, so maybe they just want to try for a baby ASAP after their first big tour is over. But who knows. Time will tell. She's not getting any younger, they'd better start soon.

    Kate looked beautiful, and yay for an earring loan from the Queen. It seems like ever since Harry married Meghan, HM has been making sure Kate still gets priority as a future queen and that she wants the public to remember that. Riding with her to church at Balmoral, jewelry loans, etc. Now if only she would lend her the Strathmore Rose tiara - I'd love to see it re-emerge!

    Charlotte and George were adorable, and I love how much he gets along with the Tindall/Phillips cousins. What a fun family event for them.

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  28. Excellent post and views!
    Amazing video of Sophie and Catherine! I hadn't seen it in full and the way Sophie gets closer to Catherine to prevent her skirt from rising is superb! She really takes care of her
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for sharing!

    My respect for Sophie just went up 100000%

    The wedding was great, I have yet to see it though but I'm sure I will love it! :D

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    1. Yes! I’ve always wondered what the dynamics are like between the members of the Windsor family but Kate and Sophie have often seemed so friendly and warm toward each other.

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  29. More details on P. Eugene's wedding dress fabric - According to the link here (https://www.heart.co.uk/news/royals/princess-eugenie-marriage-wedding-dress/):

    "The fabric was designed by the creative duo at their studio in East London and includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs.

    The symbols are a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home.


    These symnols have been reinterpreted in a garland of rope like motifs, woven into a jacquard of silk, cotton and viscose blend.

    Once the artwork was completed, it was translated into a jacquard weave in the Como region of Italy. The result is a very modern looking fabric using a highly intricate weaving technique."

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  30. Whitney from TexasOctober 14, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    I loved the atmosphere of this wedding! The dress, the bride and groom, the royals! The tiara she chose was so stunning and was perfect for the Art Deco theme the wedding seemed to lean towards. I do have to say though that I did not like the sashes the flower girls and page boys wore.

    I really love the Kate and Sophie moment in the video. That is just such a sweet and true girlfriend moment!

    The room for the reception is usually open to the public at Windsor Castle. Last time I was there I spent so much time looking up at the ceiling at all the Order of the Garter shields, and out the windows at the amazing views. I can just imagine how wonderful the reception must have been with all the history and views that room holds!

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  31. Eugenie looked absolutely stunning and what is more important happy. I loved her dress, showing her scar, and the jewels were amazing on her.

    Kate was blah, same outfit different colour, though the colour was pretty, I felt she wanted to show off she was there.
    I felt for her because of the wind, I suppose no amount of hem weight could help but her reaction startled me to be honest, she was giggling like a schoolgirl at that incident. Not very future consort like behaviour. Sophie's face was also telling.

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    1. Kate loves to laugh. She is basically a happy person. And it's not as though this was a solemn event like a funeral or memorial. It was a happy, relaxed occasion. Laughter was allowed. What would you have her do? Cry/ Turn and run? By laughing she disarmed the situation and prevented the spoiling of the moment. If Kate had looked shocked as Sophie did it would have tainted the moment. I really don't understand the assumption that Sophie was protecting Kate from a skirt fly-up. How exactly would that work, unless Sophie took both her arms and flung them around Kate's knees. It happened so fast and was over so quickly I am surprised the camera caught it. Although, with that gale on the stairs that literally bowled over a couple of bridesmaids, the photographers were probably ready for some skirt action.

      Seriously--the Queen has her giggly moments, too. A few pictures come to mind: one with Kate a few years ago, sitting on a stage; one or two recently with Meghan; numerous Braemar Games appearances with Anne, P Charles, and P. Phillip. There was also the cake that was too tough to cut at a WA event and the time a little child threw a temper tantrum in front of HM--I think P. Phillip actually guffawed-- not consort-like behavior?...just to name a few. Oh, I believe there is actually one of a thirtyish Queen smiling when the wind riffled her skirt. All giggly, queenly moments.

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    2. I have to disagree, I was so impressed that she was smiling even though the wind was acting up. I’m sure if I had been me I would’ve looked angry and scowling or panicked. She doesn’t take herself too seriously and isn’t easily ruffled I grately admire that.

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    3. "She doesn’t take herself too seriously and isn’t easily ruffled": Agree!!!

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  32. Lovely, lovely wedding. Everything has already been said, but I particularly appreciated when they marched out, they kept greeting and smiling to their friends. All those people were personal friends and happy for them, it was warm and real.

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  33. Anon 1:59. That was a sweet moment. The fact that the guests were turned toward the aisle may have been coordinated to facilitate this. It really did have the feel of an English country church wedding with friends and family.

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