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The Princess and Jack Brooksbank have enjoyed a long-standing romance which culminated in the 2018 wedding, and marked a major year for the Royal Family and its popularity. Months before their Windsor wedding, Eugenie’s cousin Harry married US actress Meghan Markle, with the public marking the occasion with street parties and huge village and town gatherings. Around 800 guests would attend Eugenie and Jack’s wedding, including celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Demi Moore and Kate Moss, as the October event was watched by millions on ITV’s ‘This Morning’.
And ahead of their wedding, Eugenie made a sweet admission about how she was feeling after Jack asked Eugenie to marry him while they holidayed in Nicaragua.
Speaking on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ after their engagement was confirmed, Eugenie detailed where they were and exactly what happened when Jack proposed.
She said: “The lake was so beautiful. I said, ‘This is an incredible moment,’ and then he popped the question.
“It was really surprising even though we’ve been together for seven years.
“I was crying. We couldn’t be happier, because we knew it was going to end up this way.”
Jack, who also appeared on the show, added: “There was a beautiful volcano and the sun was setting. It was amazing.
“I did get down on one knee.”
But despite the excitement prior to the marriage, Eugenie did open up about how she was feeling – and dropped a concern she had on how she wanted the day “to be perfect”.
Speaking to British Vogue in September 2018, Eugenie claimed she was “not stressed at all” about the marriage yet was feeling pressure to put on a brilliant day for relatives and royal fans.
She said that the experience was “nerve wracking because you want it to be perfect but then you realise that you’re going to be with the person forever so nothing else really matters”.
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She added: “There’s a lovely quote from Maya Angelou, which I’m paraphrasing, that ‘No one will remember what you said but they’ll remember how you made them feel.’
“It’s about how we feel, but also how our family and friends feel.
“I want it to be beautiful and fun and to bring out our personalities as much as possible.”
The wedding day was enjoyed by around 1,200 special guest from the public who were allowed to watch as the happy couple exited the Windsor church for the first time as man and wife.
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And even though Eugenie stunned in her dress and was clearly “unable to control her joy”, BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond revealed at the time of the union one member of the Royal Family still earned the affections of the nation more than any other.
He said: “The focus of the day was of course on the couple; an unsurprisingly nervous groom, his hand shaking at times, his gaze twitching as he waited for his bride; a beaming princess, unable to control her joy.
“There was more; flawless organisation, hat dysfunction as the wind blew and blew, hatchets buried as the Duke of Edinburgh settled into a seat near Sarah, Duchess of York, with whom he has had a frosty – sometimes frozen – relationship.
“But most noticeable at Windsor? The applause that followed the national anthem and the cheers for the Queen as she left the chapel. No one eclipses the Queen in the affections of the British public.”
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