Princess Eugenie of York, Queen Elizabeth's favourite granddaughter

Princess Eugenie of York, Queen Elizabeth's favourite granddaughter

The second daughter of Prince Andrew of York and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Eugenie hit the headlines when she found herself on several worst dressed lists for the ensemble she wore to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011.

But what the rest of the world doesn't know is that Eugenie leads a very different life to her cousins and other family members. We take a closer look at the princess ahead of her birthday on March 23, from her love of art to her involvement in charities.

She is not a real worker

Although she may be tenth in the line of succession to the throne, the 30-year-old woman earns a living. This means that unlike her cousin, Prince William, who must attend the Queen's royal engagements, Eugenie is not paid to represent the family as a "working royal" and therefore does not receive the sovereign concession.

The Sovereign Grants Act was established in 2011 and is given by the government annually to a monarch to fund their official duties. It includes travel expenses, palace maintenance and more.


She is passionate about art

A graduate in art history and English literature from Newcastle University, Eugenie moved to New York between 2013 and 2015 and worked as an auction manager at online auction house Paddle8. After returning to London, she began working as a gallery director at Hauser & Wirth. "I knew I definitely wouldn't be a painter, but I knew this was the industry for me. I love being able to share my passion for art with people," she told Harper's Bazaar .

The work seems to have paid off. According to Cosmopolitan UK , the princess earns £110,000 (over $$ 150,000) a year working as a gallery director.


She suffered from scoliosis

At the age of 12, Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and had to undergo major surgery. However, what didn't break her clearly made her stronger. After this experience, she became involved with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and still acts as its sponsor today.

For her wedding day, she even had a beautiful dress made to show off her surgical scar. "I think you can change the way beauty looks, and you can show people your scars and I think it's very special to stand up for that," she told the BBC. As someone who has lived with 12-inch metal rods in her back, she even decided to share an X-ray of them and post a heartfelt message on Instagram on International Scoliosis Awareness Day.


She married a non-real

In 2018, she married her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, who does not share the same royal pedigree. He currently serves as a brand ambassador for Casamigos, the tequila company founded by George Clooney, in the UK. The lovebirds had a two-day wedding celebration at Windsor Castle and dated for seven years after meeting on a ski trip.

Last February 9, the couple welcomed a baby boy named August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. They broke a royal baby tradition by uploading a photo of their bundle of joy on Instagram, instead of waiting for an official photo. In addition, Eugenie chose not to give her son a title either.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding outfits will be on display at Windsor Castle.

The princess' wedding dress and Jack Brooksbank's morning suit will be available for people to see at an exhibition organised by the Royal Collection Trust.

The display will also feature the tiara and evening dress of Her Royal Highness, as well as the bridesmaid's outfit of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York.

Designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos created the princess' dress. The design of the dress features a neckline that folds over the shoulders and a fluttering train.

Princess Eugenie also recorded some audios for visitors to the exhibition explaining how she wanted a lower back of the dress to show the scar from the surgery she had at the age of 12 to correct scoliosis.

"I always wanted a cleavage, part to show my scar. I believe that scars tell a story about your past and your future and is a way to get rid of a taboo, "- said Princess Eugenie.

"For me, it's a way to communicate with people who are going through similar situations with scoliosis or a scar they are trying to treat."

The fabric of the dress, also designed by Mr Pilotto and Mr de Vos, includes a number of symbols that are significant to Princess Eugenie, such as the White Rose of York, intertwined with ivy.

Mr Jack Brooksbank's wedding attire was a black and grey morning suit with a bright blue waistcoat, made by tailors at Huntsman of Savile Row in London.

Jack Brooksbank's wedding attire was a black and grey morning suit with a bright blue waistcoat, made by tailors at Huntsman of Savile Row in London.

Her Royal Highness wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which was lent to her by Her Majesty the Queen.

On public display for the first time, the tiara is made of brilliant pavé and pink-cut diamonds encrusted in platinum, with six emeralds on each side.

It was made for Mrs Greville in 1919 by Parisian jeweller Boucheron in the elegant 'kokoshnik' style popularised at the Russian Imperial Court. Mrs Greville left the tiara to Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, in 1942.

A replica of Her Royal Highness's bridal bouquet, made of artificial flowers, was created for the exhibition.

Designed by Rob Van Helden Floral Design, the bouquet consisted of lily of the valley, stephanotis seeds, baby blue thistles, white spray roses, ivy and myrtle branches from Osborne House.

The myrtle bush at Osborne grew from a piece of branch given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert's grandmother the year the royal couple bought the house on the Isle of Wight as a family retreat.

A branch of the shrub was carried in the bridal bouquet of Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, at her wedding in 1858, and the tradition has been continued by royal brides ever since.

Princess Eugenie's evening gown was created by designer Zac Posen. Posen said he was inspired by the beauty of Windsor Castle and the surrounding landscape and chose a fabric in the colour of an English rose.

The dress is made from British silk chiffon and incorporates a cape, subtly embroidered with the White Rose of York, fringed at the lower back and draped in a softly pleated long train.

Also on display are two wheat ear diamond brooches, loaned to Her Royal Highness by Her Majesty the Queen and worn by the Princess as hair slides at the evening reception.

On public display for the first time, the brooches were originally commissioned by William IV (1765-1837) for Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) and were inherited by Her Majesty in 1952. The Queen used them as hair slides and brooches.

As bridesmaid, Princess Beatrice wore a blue dress with an asymmetric neckline by London couture house Ralph & Russo, and a blue and purple headpiece by British fashion designer Sarah Cant.

The clothes were by London-based children's designer Amaia Kids. The pattern on their sashes was based on a work by American artist Mark Bradford, which was also reproduced in the Order of Service.

Princess Eugenie of York, Queen Elizabeth's favourite granddaughter

by Royal.UK


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