Wednesday 24 April 2019

Revealed: The subtle nod to Princess Eugenie's Irish heritage contained in her wedding dress

Bride wore an elegant jacquard design gown with a low back for big day at St George's Chapel

Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at St George's Chapel for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Britain's Princess Eugenie looked elegant in her stunning off-the-shoulder low-back wedding dress for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel today - but at first glance many wouldn't have noticed the hidden meanings in the bride's breathtaking wedding dress.

Eugenie opted for a beautiful ballgown style, created by British-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, who are known for their innovative fabrics and glamorous designs.

Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images

And hidden within those designs was a nod to the princess's heritage.

The heavy jacquard fabric of the dress had several symbols woven into it, including a shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the bride’s Ferguson family.

Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (L) for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives accompanied by her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, (L) for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images
The bride Princess Eugenie of York arrives by car for her Royal wedding to Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding
Britain's Princess Eugenie of York (R) arrives for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP)VICTORIA JONES/AFP/Getty Images

The design also contained a thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple’s fondness for Balmoral, and the York Rose and ivy representing the couple’s home.

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Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their wedding

The low neckline of the dress accentuated the bride's elegant emerald drop earrings, which were given to her as a wedding gift from her groom Jack.

"During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt.

"The dress features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train.

"The low back feature on the dress was at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis."

Princess Beatrice of York and her mother Sarah Ferguson (R) arrive in their car to the Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice of York and her mother Sarah Ferguson (R) arrive in their car to the Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York, mother of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York, arrives to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP)ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Princess Charlotte falls on the steps, as the bridesmaids and page boys arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Britain's Princess Eugenie enters St George's Chapel with her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York, for her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Sarah Ferguson arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Eugenie opted not to wear a veil for the service, instead accenting her glamorous gown with her grandmother's tiara - the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik which consists of rose cut diamonds pave set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side.

Her hair was styled by Sonny-Jo MacFarlane of Hari’s, with make-up by Hannah Martin of Bobbi Brown.

Her sister Beatrice wore a chic two-piece number - a green off-the-shoulder peplum top and chic fit-and-flare skirt, with her mother Sarah opted for a fitted green dress and gilded boated hat.

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