Monday 15 July 2019

Royal wedding: Hat tip to Irish style as Eugenie ties the knot

Legendary Irish designer Philip Treacy was hired to make 21 pieces for the A-list guests

The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
The Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke of Cambridge after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Caitlin McBride and Karen Birney

There was a distinctly Irish tone at Britain's latest royal wedding as Princess Eugenie wed tequila merchant Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle.

Legendary Irish designer Philip Treacy was hired to make 21 pieces for the A-list guests, including Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who is often regarded as one of the best dressed women in the world.

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Robbie Williams and Ayda Field arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

Kate opted for a raspberry coffee bean beret with hand-sculpted flower and veiling, perfectly matching her Alexander McQueen fit and flare tea dress, a marked departure from her normally conservative wedding guest attire.

Treacy's signature designs also featured on two of Greece's royal-in-name family members, including Crown Princess Marie Chantal and Princess Olympia, with supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss also giving him the seal of approval.

The London-based designer said he would not be where he is today without the support of the British royal family.

"If the royal family decided not to wear hats... then I wouldn't be sitting here having this conversation with you, because hats are part of the culture of Britishness," he said earlier this year.

Naomi Campbell. Photo: Gareth Fuller/AFP/Getty Images
Naomi Campbell. Photo: Gareth Fuller/AFP/Getty Images

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, 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.

Demi Moore (right) arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Demi Moore (right) arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The design also contained a thistle for Scotland, acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral. The low neckline of the dress accentuated the bride's emerald drop earrings and she chose a low-back dress to show off her scoliosis scars in order to inspire anyone else with the condition.

There were inevitable comparisons to Prince Harry and Meghan's recent nuptials, least of all because of her decision to wed in the same venue, but the newlyweds put their own stamp on the occasion.

Kate Moss and Lila Grace Moss Hack (Matt Crossick/PA)
Kate Moss and Lila Grace Moss Hack (Matt Crossick/PA)
The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

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