Saturday 20 July 2019

The unconventional bridesmaid: Princess Beatrice opts out of traditional bridal party norms with elegant separates

Maid of honour went with an off-the-shoulder top and fit-and-flare suit for sister's big day

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Princess Eugenie and Beatrice were never a pair to stick with the norms when it came to their royal regalia so it should come as no surprise that Beatrice, Eugenie's maid of honour for her wedding to fiancé Jack Brooksbank, opted to go for something a lot less traditional that what one expects for a bridesmaid.

For the big day, Eugenie opted for a pretty off-the-shoulder number (as seems to be the British royal family's latest sartorial fetish) with a sophisticated fit and flare skirt in a royal blue colour that complemented her mother Sarah's green gúna perfectly.

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

While Fergie struggled with the wind from the tale of Storm Callum as she entered St George's Chapel, Beatrice seemed to take the moment in her stride, stopping to wave to photographers and onlookers while clutching an unusual silver square purse.

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Maid of honour Beatrice paired her look with an equally unusual purple and blue headpiece - which some might find reminiscent of an Irish dancer's hairband (a style also adopted by Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas for the occasion) - and wore a simple brooch on her collar.

For her part, bride Eugenie beamed in a stunning creation by British-based designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.

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
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
The Duchess of Sussex arrives ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Rianne ten Haken arrives for the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
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

Eugenie's dress - a heavy brocade fabric, with long sleeves and a stunning low v-neck back - harks back to the eighties in its style, with an A-line silhouette that flatters the bride and the strong fabrics ideal for conveying that 'autumnal theme' the bride was reportedly so hands on in creating for the day.

Eugenie specially requested a low back to be a feature of her gown, Buckingham Palace said - she had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.

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

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Eugenie opted to go without a veil for the service, instead donning a beautiful emerald studded Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara - which she borrowed from the Queen - that sat on her relaxed hairstyle.

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.

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