York Royal Wedding: The Bride, Groom & Bridal Party

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were married this morning at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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One wishes a bride to look her most most beautiful on her wedding day and such was the case for Princess Eugenie today.

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Designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, her dress featured a fitted bodice, long sleeves and folded portrait neckline that folds around the shoulders into an open back that drapes into a flowing, full length train. The low cut back was a special request of the bride who wanted to embrace and celebrate the scar from her adolescent scoliosis surgery.

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The stars of this gown are its cut and fabric – while it appears to be embroidered or appliqued with lace, the silk, cotton and viscose blended jacquard is actually woven with a custom floral motif of the bride’s request: Scottish thistles as a nod to the couple’s love for Balmoral, Irish shamrocks in honor of Ferguson family heritage and York roses and ivy to represent the couple’s home. The beautiful striped floral pattern on the fabric and impeccable cut and tailoring of the gown combine to create a streamlined and beautifully modern take on a traditional silhouette. On Eugenie, it was just exquisite.

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Princess Eugenie surprised with her bridal headwear, eschewing a veil and a widely-shared prediction she would wear her mother’s York tiara. Instead, she borrowed the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara from the Queen. Never before seen on a royal head, the tiara is part of the famous Greville suite of jewels left to the Queen Mother in 1942 (read more about the tiara’s background over at the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor or at the Court Jeweller). This tiara was made in 1919 by Boucheron of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum around emeralds – a stone that coordinated beautifully with Eugenie’s green eyes and the autumnal scheme of the wedding.

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The young bridesmaids and pages wore dresses, shirts and velvet trousers from designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids.The bridesmaids also wore patterned sashes printed with an art print by Mark Bradford included in the Order of Service. They carried posies of Lily of the Valley and spray roses which were also used to make small sprays for their hair.

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I love it good royal bridal surprises and Princess Eugenie’s look today was surprisingly streamlined, modern, and all kinds of beautiful.

UPDATE: For the evening party, Eugenie changed into a blush Zac Posen silk gown embroidered with York roses on one shoulder and the back. Queen Victoria’s wheat-ear brooches, borrowed from her grandmother, were incorporated in her hair to top another stunningly beautiful bridal look.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Casual hats for Princess Anne and her granddaughters last weekend at the Badminton Horse trials where Zara Phillips Tindall successfully qualified for the Rio Olympics (Daily Mail)

Infanta Elena donned a chocolate straw fedora to take in a bullfight with her father, King Juan Carlos  (Belga Images)

You’ve just got until Monday to cast your vote in polls for the best new and best repeated royal hats worn in April

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The Swedish Monarchy released beautiful new photos of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with wee Prince Alexander

The Imperial Household Agency announced plans to scale back official duties of the Emperor and Empress (Japan Times)

During the official launch of her foundation in California, Princess Charlene jumped in the pool with some kids to teach water safety- something that put her SO in her element (Daily Mail)

The Invictus Games were inspiring and Prince Harry was unapologetically their number one fan.

He sat down with Michelle Obama earlier in the week to talk about the games. The interview gives a peek behind the scenes to their recent mic drops and Harry’s approach to unclehood. It’s charming.

British Royals Enjoy Eventing Festival

The annual Festival of British Eventing was held this weekend on the grounds of Gatcombe Park, Princess Anne’s country home in Gloucestershire. The equestrian event was attended by the Phillips and Wessex families who wore a bevy of sporty hats. It looks like a marvellous time was had by all.

This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Princess Anne, Zara and Mia Philips in casual hats at the Gatcombe Park Horse Trials (Getty)

Sweet photos of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire with their twin princes making Limburg pies in a Hasselt bakery (Svenskdam)

The Duchess of Cornwall in one of her ‘old faithfuls’ at The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot Racecourse last weekend (Getty)

Great interview with Canadian milliner David Dunkley (who trained under Rose Cory, longtime milliner of the Queen Mother) who shares a secret about the Queen Mum’s hats (The Globe and Mail)

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The Duke of Edinburgh spotted driving a carriage around the town of Windsor this week (Daily Mail)

Review of Crown Princess Mary’s fashion on her recent trip to Japan (Royal Order of Sartorial Splendour)

Interesting photo gallery of Queen Elizabeth II and the 12 Prime Ministers of her reign (so far) (Getty)

Tindall Ladies at Cocklebarrow Races

Zara Phillips Tindall attended the Heythrop Hunt Point-to-Point races at Cocklebarrow Racecourse on Sunday with her daughter Mia and a friend. Zara and Mia were both bundled up in grey wool knit hats topped with large pompoms. It looks like an enjoyable outing was had by all and that little Mia Tindall, whose hat sported a large pink heart, is an enthusiastic hat wearer. She is darling, isn’t she?!

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in an anti-terrorist march in Luxembourg (Luxarazzi)

Queen Elizabeth in her vibrant royal blue and turquoise fringed hat for church at Sandringham last weekend (Rex Features)

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway enjoyed a fishing excursion (Royal House of Norway) and, joined by Crown Princess Mette-Marit, opened the “Year for Outdoor Life” campaign in Oslo (Getty)

Charlotte Casiraghi sporting a lovely plum fedora on a trip to Rome (Plejada)

It was a first year of numerous hats for little Mia Tindall. Wishing her a Happy Birthday! (The Daily Mail)

John Boyd Hats has launched a ready-to-wear line (John Boyd)

Royal Hats

Continuing Prince Michael of Kent’s birthday celebration with a look at her jewels Part 1 Part 2 (The Court Jeweller)

Series of Queen Fabiola memorial stamps released in Belgium (Noblesse et Royautes)

Interesting account of a job interview at Buckingham Palace (Royal Central)

Overview of the Battle of Waterloo in preparation to celebrate its 200th anniversary (Royal Central)

British Royals at Festival of British Eventing

Last weekend, members of the British Royal Family attended the Festival of British Eventing (held at Princess Anne’s estate, Gatecombe Park) to cheer on Zara Phillips who competed in the event. It looked like a gloriously fun weekend that saw the Tindall family, Phillips family and Wessex children don a wide array of casual summer hats.

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