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Princess Eugenie is expecting her second child with husband Jack Brooksbank, a sibling for two-year-old August. Royal fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of her baby bump at this weekend’s festivities, as she is sure to join her family for King Charles’s Coronation.
While she does partake in some royal engagements, Eugenie enjoys a more private life working as a director for art gallery Hauser & Wirth. Here Express.co.uk takes a look at Eugenie’s early years, titles, career and family life.
Early life and education
Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena was born to Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York on March 23, 1980. She is their youngest daughter and the niece of King Charles III.
At her birth, she was 6th in line to the throne and the sixth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
She became the first royal baby to have a public christening when she was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, however, was the only one of the Queen’s grandchildren not to be baptised using the Lily Font.
At six years old her parents divorced, however, remained close and frequently went on holidays together something which Eugenie valued deeply, saying in 2019: “Who else has ever forgotten to congratulate their parents on their wedding anniversary!
“I’m a day late but I wanted to celebrate my parents getting married 33 years ago… Thank you for always being the best of friends and bringing us up together.”
In September 2009 Eugenie attended Newcastle University, graduating in 2012 with a 2:1 degree in English Literature and History of Art.
She now works as a director for art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
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Relationship with Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie met her now husband Jack Brooksbank in 2010 in Verbier, Switzerland, a popular holiday resort.
The Yorks had vacationed in Verbier for years, and Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew went on to buy a chalet there in 2015.
Their first appearance as a couple came in 2011, when they attended Royal Ascot together – something which shocked royal watchers as Kate Middleton hadn’t been invited to Ascot until she was married to Prince William.
The couple were long distance for a while as Eugenie moved to New York in 2013 to work for auction house Paddle8. They maintained their relationship on Skype, with Jack telling the Daily Mail: “We spend a lot of time on Skype. It’s great. We are still very much together.”
In 2015 Eugenie moved back to London and they began spending more time together, watching their favourite TV shows. Eugenie told Harper’s Bazaar: “When I’m with Jack, we watch The Walking Dead, which we’re obsessed with. Maybe Game of Thrones is our next thing. I don’t watch reality shows, but I love cooking programs.”
Jack went on to propose to Eugenie in 2018 while they holidayed in Nicaragua, with Eugenie later describing the moment he got down on one knee: “The lake was so beautiful. The light was just a special light I had never seen.
“I actually said this is an incredible moment, and then he popped the question, which was really surprising even though we have been together seven years. I was over the moon.”
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank wed on October 12, 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor – the second wedding to take place at that church in 2018 following Meghan and Harry’s nuptials in May.
There were around 800 guests in attendance, including several celebrities such as Liv Tyler, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Kate Moss, Robbie Williams and Cara Delevingne.
Eugenie wore a long-sleeved ivory open backed gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos. Eugenie wanted the scar on her back from scoliosis surgery to be visible and so did not wear a veil.
Of her choice of dress she told PEOPLE in 2019: “I had always wanted a low back – part of it was showing my scar and I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future, and it’s a way of getting rid of a taboo.
“For me, it’s a way of communicating with people who are going through either similar situations with scoliosis or having a scar of their own that they are trying to deal with.
“We started getting a lot of letters from people who were happy that I had stood up and showed my scar, and people with scoliosis, letters from girls that are going through the same thing and I definitely was very touched by everyone’s support.”
She wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara and a pair of diamond and emerald earrings.
The wedding was shown live on ITV and had an average audience of three million, the best viewing figures for that timeslot since the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.
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Princess Eugenie and Jack welcomed their son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank on February 9, 2021.
He was named after his great-grandfather Prince Philip, his five times great grandfather Reverend Edward Hawke Brooksbank and Prince Albert whose full name was Franz August Karl Albert Emanuel.
Eugenie is currently expecting her second child in the summer of 2023, sharing a picture of August hugging her and kissing her bump, writing on Instagram: “We’re so excited to share that there will be a new addition to our family this summer.”
Titles and succession
Princess Eugenie is not a working royal, but still styles herself as HRH Princess Eugenie.
After her wedding, her full title became Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank.
While at birth she was 6th in line to the throne, she is now 11th behind her older sister Beatrice and her daughter Sienna, her father Prince Andrew, the Sussexes and the Waleses.
Eugenie is patron for several charities including Street Children UK, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s charity, Elephant Family, Teenage Cancer Trust and Scoliosis Association UK.
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