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'I wore green for Ireland at wedding', says Fergie


Sarah Ferguson in her emerald green designer dress

Sarah Ferguson in her emerald green designer dress

Sarah Ferguson in her emerald green designer dress

Sarah Ferguson has said she wore an eye-catching green designer dress to her daughter's wedding as a nod to Ireland.

The Duchess of York once referred to herself as the Duchess of Cork due to her huge affection for the county.

She spent a lot of time pursuing her love of show jumping in the south in the years after her separation from Prince Andrew.

Her late mother, Susan Barrantes, was the granddaughter of the eighth Viscount Powerscourt and spent many childhood summers riding at the vast Wicklow estate.

The flame-haired Fergie revealed on ITV's Good Morning Britain that the emerald green dress she wore to the wedding of her daughter Princess Eugenie was a nod to her Irish heritage.

"I wore green for Ireland and the handbag was the bag my mum had in 1986 at my wedding, and when I opened the bag there were the green admission tickets from 1986," she said.

"So I wore green for her, from the tickets in the bag."


Ferguson said she hadn't realised that the hat she chose for Eugenie's wedd-ing was being compared with the quidditch golden snitch from the Harry Potter movies.

"There's always something I do! But I sort of wanted that Spanish style for mum again," she said.

Ferguson has said the Irish embraced her and gave her back her life at a time when she was low after her separation.

In 2004, she ended up visiting Splaine's equestrian centre in Cork and started competing in local show jumping events.

She said she credits that time in Ireland with helping to rebuild her confidence.