AHEAD of their wedding day on Friday, the royal family have shared intimate photos of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
The photos included images of each as a child and one of them together enjoying a summer in Scotland together in 2016.
It’s been five months since the last royal wedding — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s fairytale nuptials.
This time around Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie will walk down the aisle in Windsor Castle to marry Mr Brooksbank — a “commoner” with blue-blood friends.
Britain is still enjoying royal fever over Meghan — the glamorous US actor who married the queen’s grandson in a Windsor wedding that was watched by the masses around the world in May.
Some are even reminiscing about the time in 2011 when Prince William, second in line to the throne, married Kate, whose grace stirred memories of the late Princess Diana.
WHO IS PRINCESS EUGENIE?
Princess Eugenie of York, along with her 30-year-old sister Beatrice, are by contrast unhappily famous for wearing peculiar hats, with the flamboyant numbers they picked for Prince William’s wedding making a particularly lasting impression.
The 28-year-old princess, is the ninth in the long line of succession.
One public petition protesting the wedding’s cost — the security bill is estimated at £2 million ($A2.6 million, 2.3 million euros) — dismissed her as a “minor royal”.
The BBC, which takes its royal weddings seriously, reportedly caused a Buckingham Palace ruckus by refusing to broadcast this one live, fearing a ratings flop.
“No comment on whether we did or didn’t turn it down,” a BBC spokesman told AFP.
The live feed was picked up by the smaller, commercial ITV — but only, according to The Times, after being badgered into it by Eugenie’s father, Duke of York Prince Andrew.
Adding to the ignominy, a pub hotel directly opposite the castle that sold out long in advance for Prince Harry and Meghan was actually discounting rooms for Friday night.
TROUBLE WINNING OVER THE NATION
Eugenie’s own attempts to win over Britain’s affections have not gone particularly well.
She and Beatrice gave a pre-wedding interview to British Vogue explaining the hardships of being princesses.
Posing in couture dresses with terriers on their laps at a Gothic royal lodge, Eugenie recalled how she once had “a wobble and started crying” over a “horrible” article about one of her sister’s hats.
The princess then conceded: “There’s no point being angry with anyone for beating us up — we just need to shine light and love in the world.”
The Guardian, a left-leaning paper with a stern view of the royals as a whole, concluded that the interview displayed “vanity, foolishness and lack of self-awareness”, but ultimately would do little to dent the monarchy’s gleaming image among royal fans.
The Telegraph, which caters to more traditional views, was gentler. “Who is Princess Eugenie?” it asked, seemingly reading its subscribers’ minds, before quoting a family “insider” expressing wonder at the commotion over the security bill.
“It is a major royal event,” the source insisted.
THE PRINCESS AND A WAITER
The groom mixes in London’s glitzy social circles but is unknown to most outside the celebrity gossip world.
Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, said her future in-law works as the European manager for an “ultra-premium” brand of booze co-founded by George Clooney.
“He’ll just hand me the tequila and say, ‘Come on, mother-in-law, down it’,” she told the BBC.
Press reports say Mr Brooksbank, 32, skipped university and became a waiter, working his way up to manage Mahiki, a posh London cocktail bar frequented by royalty.
The couple were introduced in 2010 by friends in a Swiss ski resort, where Mr Brooksbank was waiting tables.
Most recently, in 2016, he became a wholesale wine distributor. “I’ll need to take a few minutes for myself before the speeches,” Mr Brooksbank told the Daily Mail, “because I’m terrified.”