The delicate silk of Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress featured “a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family.”
In front of 850 wedding guests, Princess Eugenie, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, married her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor. The Princess wore a stunning gown, which featured shamrocks in the fabric, in a nod to her family’s Irish connections.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress was designed by British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, according to Kensington Place. The dress, which features a portrait neckline, long sleeves, a dramatic cathedral-length train, and a low-cut back in a woven silk jacquard custom designed for the bride.
According to the Palace, the silk featured:
"Thistle of 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."
The surname Ferguson, Princess Eugenie’s mother’s maiden name, comes from the Irish name Ó Fearghuis or Ó Fearghasa. In early Irish mythological Fearghus was the name of the King of Ulster, a valiant warrior said to have been shipwrecked off the coast of Northern Ireland c. AD 320, at the place known as Carrickfergus ("rock of Fergus").
The surname Ferguson was first found in Connacht, especially in County Mayo, where they held the Parish of Burrishoole in 1303 and were hereditary physicians to the powerful O'Malleys.
Princess Eugenie arrives at St George's Chapel, Windsor for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank #RoyalWeddingOctober 12, 2018
Princess Eugenie (28) and Brooksband (32) were married at St. George’s Chapel, the same venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May 2018. A reception hosted by her grandmother Queen Elizabeth will follow. An evening party will take place at the York family home, the Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were a pageboy and bridesmaid. The other bridesmaids were Mia Tindall (the daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall), Mia's cousins Savannah and Isla, Eugenie's goddaughter Maud Windsor, and Robbie Williams' daughter, Theodora. The other pageboy was Louis de Givenchy, six, the son of friends.
Eugenie's sister, Princess Beatrice, was maid of honor. Similarly, Brooksbank chose his brother, Thomas, as best man.
The Royal Wedding is a star-studded event with model Cara Delevingne, singer Robbie Williams, comedian Jimmy Carr and David Emanuel (who designed Princess Diana's wedding dress) in attendance, to name but a few.
During the ceremony, the Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed two pieces, accompanied by members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The Dean of Windsor David Conner officiated.