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During the Channel 5 documentary ‘Edward and Sophie: The Reluctant Royals?’ Dr Anna and Rebecca English discussed Prince Edward and Sophie’s wedding. Ms English stated Sophie, Countess of Wessex, wanted a personal and family orientated wedding at Windsor Castle.
The Channel 5 royal expert said: “It was the first time one of the Queen’s children had chosen Windsor as the setting for their wedding.
“The town took on a festive atmosphere of people flocked to catch a glimpse of the royal bride and groom in scenes that would have parallels with the wedding of Harry and Meghan almost 20 years later.”
Ms English added: “Sophie and Edward wanted something that was a bit more personal, a bit more family orientated.
“There was just a really joyful family feeling about it.”
Dr Whitlock said: “Several thousand members of the public were invited into the castle grounds and around 200 million watched it around the world.”
Last month Graham Smith, the CEO of Republic told Express.co.uk all Royal Family weddings should be a similar size to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s ceremony in the future.
Republic campaigns for the abolishment of the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced by an elected head of state.
Mr Smith said: “I don’t have any thoughts either way on someone getting married, but I think they have possibly realised that they can’t keep demanding lavish weddings.
“I think that the Eugenie wedding did not go down too well, people weren’t too excited about it and they were concerned about the cost.
“During this coronavirus crisis I think people would have been particularly unimpressed if Beatrice’s wedding had been lavish.
“It was the right thing to do but they should have done the right thing years ago and all the other weddings should have been the same sort of size.”
He added that Prince William and Prince Harry royal weddings were “far too extravagant”.
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Mr Smith said: “I think Princess Eugenie’s wedding was far too extravagant as was Harry’s as was William’s.
“These are essentially private events that turn into spectacles which end up costing us millions of pounds on things like security and disruption to normal business.
“The way Beatrice’s wedding was is what all of them should have done.
“That was obvious from as far back as 10 years ago when William and Kate announced their engagement.”
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