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Friday, 5 October 2018

Princess Eugenie arrives at the Palace to finalise arrangements for her wedding next Friday - from the 15-minute carriage ride to the after-party fuelled by George Clooney's tequila

  • Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel next Friday
  • Dean of Windsor will conduct 11am ceremony followed by carriage procession
  • Route takes in part of Windsor High Street and is expected to take 15-minutes
  • Following lunch with the Queen, Prince Andrew is hosting evening party
  • Jack has arranged tequila for the reception at The Royal Lodge at Windsor 
There's just a week to go until the second big royal wedding of the year and today Princess Eugenie was spotted arriving at Buckingham Palace for a meeting, no doubt to put the finishing touches to arrangements for the big day. 
The bride-to-be looked relaxed as she was driven through the palace gates, shielding her eyes from the Autumn sunshine in a pair of trendy round glasses. 
She took advantage of the unseasonally warm weather to sport a floaty black dress by All Saints with cut outs at the shoulders. 
The princess, 28, looked fresh-faced and glowing and wore her auburn locks loosely tied back from her face. 
By this time next week, Eugenie will be a married woman after exchanging vows with her fiancé at 11am at St George's Chapel in Windsor, in front of their families and a rumoured host of celebrity guests.
Bride-to-be Princess Eugenie was a cool customer in round dark shades today as she was driven into Buckingham Palace for a pre-wedding meeting ahead of her big day at Windsor Castle on Friday 12th October 

Bride-to-be Princess Eugenie was a cool customer in round dark shades today as she was driven into Buckingham Palace for a pre-wedding meeting ahead of her big day at Windsor Castle on Friday 12th October 
A rundown of how Princess Eugenie and her partner Jack's wedding on Friday 12th October will unfold, following the 11am ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle 
A rundown of how Princess Eugenie and her partner Jack's wedding on Friday 12th October will unfold, following the 11am ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle 
Princess Beatrice will undoubtedly accompany her sister down the aisle as a bridesmaid, while Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also rumoured to be playing a starring role.  
Following the exchange of vows, they will carry out a short carriage procession to greet wellwishers before arriving back at Windsor Castle for a lunch hosted by the Queen. 
In the evening, Prince Andrew is said to be throwing a lavish party at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, with a drinks menu curated by the groom, including free-flowing tequila from George Clooney's Casamigos - the spirits brand Jack works for. 
Here Femail reveals the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about the nuptials that could even outdo Harry and Meghan's.  
No pre-wedding nerves here! The bride-to-be was smiling and relaxed as she was driven into Buckingham Palace where she's expected to be putting finishing touches to plans for her big day 
No pre-wedding nerves here! The bride-to-be was smiling and relaxed as she was driven into Buckingham Palace where she's expected to be putting finishing touches to plans for her big day 
Eugenie took advantage of the warm autumn weather to wear a floaty black patterned dress from All Saints with cutouts at the shoulders 

Eugenie took advantage of the warm autumn weather to wear a floaty black patterned dress from All Saints with cutouts at the shoulders THE CEREMONY
The happy couple will exchange vows in front of the Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev David Conner.
Eugenie appears to have paid a sweet tribute to her parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, by choosing the Archbishop of York John Sentamu to lead the prayers. 
Princess Eugenie is due to arrive at St George's Chapel at 11am and, although it's tradition for the bride to be fashionably late, royal weddings run to a strict schedule.
The ceremony is being held at the same venue where Meghan and Harry, Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly and Sophie and Edward exchanged vows, and is expected to last around an hour. 
A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will become man and wife in a ceremony starting at 11am on Friday 12th October 
A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will become man and wife in a ceremony starting at 11am on Friday 12th October 
Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack will marry at St George's Chapel at 11am next Friday, followed by a 15-minute carriage procession down part of Windsor High Street
Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack will marry at St George's Chapel at 11am next Friday, followed by a 15-minute carriage procession down part of Windsor High Street
THE CARRIAGE PROCESSION 
Eugenie and Jack's journey will be a shorter affair than Harry and Meghan's, which followed a two-mile route and took around 25 minutes. 
They will leave from the Royal Mews out of Windsor Castle and travel on to part of the High Street, before returning via Cambridge Gate, but they will not travel down the Long Walk like Eugenie's cousin and his bride.
It will follow the same route as the procession of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, who also married at St George's Chapel.
The couple may well decide to travel in the Ascot Landau, a smaller and lighter carriage than the State Landau with basket-work sides, which was the choice of Peter Phillips and Prince Edward and their brides for their St George's Chapel weddings. 
The couple will exit Windsor Castle and travel down part of the high street past the Soldier's Statue before heading back up part of The Long Walk to the castle grounds, which will take around 15 minutes 
The couple will exit Windsor Castle and travel down part of the high street past the Soldier's Statue before heading back up part of The Long Walk to the castle grounds, which will take around 15 minutes 
Eugenie and Jack will take part in 15-minute carriage procession following their ceremony, although they will take a shorter route than Meghan and Harry (pictured) and will not travel down The Long Walk 
Eugenie and Jack will take part in 15-minute carriage procession following their ceremony, although they will take a shorter route than Meghan and Harry (pictured) and will not travel down The Long Walk 
THE GUESTS 
Rather like Harry and Meghan, who married at the same venue in May 2018, Eugenie and Jack are predicted to be surrounded by A-list invitees.
There's expected to be some crossover of social circles with Amal and George Clooney, James Blunt, Cressida Bonas, Elton John and the Beckhams all tipped to attend their second royal nuptials of the year.
But Eugenie's guest list is set to have an extra sprinkling of edginess in the form of a younger, cool crowd that includes pop singer Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, and modelling royalty Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford.
Princess Eugenie speaks to consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jan Lehovsky during a visit to Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, North London, in April 2014
Princess Eugenie speaks to consultant orthopaedic surgeon Jan Lehovsky during a visit to Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, North London, in April 2014
Today the bride's mother Sarah Ferguson confirmed that surgeon Jan Lehovsky, a doctor at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, who performed corrective surgery for scoliosis on Eugenie when she was 12, will be among the guests.
The consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon also fitted two 1.5-inch screws to Eugenie's neck in the eight-hour procedure, which help her to stand straight to this day.
'She did have what would have been very serious curvature of the spine,' the Duchess of York told the Evening Standard
'She certainly will be an extraordinary example of great work from the RNOH. The wedding is about love, future and inclusivity.'
Amal Clooney and her husband George were among the A-list guests at Harry and Meghan's wedding at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018
Amal Clooney and her husband George were among the A-list guests at Harry and Meghan's wedding at St George's Chapel, Windsor in May 2018
Eugenie's pal Ellie Goulding (pictured together at a ball in London in 2016) is expected to be on the star-studded guest list. They've been spotted on the town together and Ellie is also friends with Eugenie's sister Princess Beatrice
Eugenie's pal Ellie Goulding (pictured together at a ball in London in 2016) is expected to be on the star-studded guest list. They've been spotted on the town together and Ellie is also friends with Eugenie's sister Princess Beatrice
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND CHARITY REPS WHO GOT AN INVITE 
The couple invited members of the public to apply to join the celebrations in the grounds of Windsor Castle and sent out 1,200 invitations after whittling down 100,000 applications. 
They will be joined by representatives of charities and organisations supported by the couple - including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where Eugenie received treatment for scoliosis.
The Teenage Cancer Trust, the Salvation Army and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women will also be represented.
Eugenie has also chosen to include her former schools St George’s School and Coworth Flexlands School by inviting youngsters from both, as well as members of the community from around Windsor, Castle residents and Royal Household staff.
More than 1,000 members of the public and charity representative have been invited to gather in the grounds of Windsor Castle to get the first glimpse of the newlyweds just like at Harry and Meghan's wedding (pictured)
More than 1,000 members of the public and charity representative have been invited to gather in the grounds of Windsor Castle to get the first glimpse of the newlyweds just like at Harry and Meghan's wedding (pictured)
THE DRESS
British brand Erdem has emerged as the clear front-runner to design Princess Eugenie's wedding dress, ahead of her big day.
Eugenie, 28, is known to be a big fan of the label, wearing designs by the designer on a number of occasions - including for her official engagement photograph with fiance Jack Brooksbank.
Ladbrokes now has Erdem as 7/2 favourite to be unveiled as the wedding dress designer, followed by Suzannah, Jenny Packham and Alice Temperley.
Eugenie previously revealed in an interview with British Vogue that her wedding dress designer would be British. 
'I'm not telling anyone who is making it, but I can say it is a British based designer,' she told the magazine.
Her revelation that the designer has been British-based has increased the speculation around Erdem.
The brand's eponymous designer Erdem Moralioglu, who is originally from Canada, had been been widely tipped to get the big job of designing the Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress. 
Princess Eugenie wearing a floral Erdem dress to a meeting at UN HQ in New York in July 2018. The British-born designer is the clear frontrunner to design her dress 
Princess Eugenie wearing a floral Erdem dress to a meeting at UN HQ in New York in July 2018. The British-born designer is the clear frontrunner to design her dress THE EVENING PARTY  
Although the venue has not officially been confirmed by Buckingham Palace, Eugenie and Jack are reportedly having their evening party at her father Prince Andrew's home, The Royal Lodge at Windsor. 
The venue is three miles away from the main castle, so royal fans will most likely get a second view of Eugenie and her new husband as they depart for the evening do. 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were photographed leaving for their evening reception at Frogmore House, and Eugenie is expected to follow the former Suits star's example by changing into a second gown for the party.
Guests will be treated to lashings of Casamigos tequila, the label co-founded by Hollywood star George Clooney and of which Jack is European brand manager.
‘I’ve not been kept out of all the planning. I get to decide some things. I’m in charge of drinks and we’ll be serving Casamigos,’ he told the Mail's Sebastian Shakespeare

WHERE WILL EUGENIE AND JACK MARRY?

The stunning 15th century gothic St George's Chapel is set in the Lower Ward of the Queen's beloved Windsor Castle.
Steeped in history, it offers a slightly more intimate venue for royal nuptials, but one that is still appropriately grand.
It usually holds around 800 guests and is convenient for the Queen, now 91, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 96, who spend a great deal of time at home in the Berkshire castle.
Here's a look at some of the royal weddings which have taken place in the Chapel:A view of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service
A view of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service
Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, was the last royal to marry at St George's Chapel when we wed Autumn Kelly in 2008
Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne, was the last royal to marry at St George's Chapel when we wed Autumn Kelly in 2008
Peter and Autumn Phillips
The last royal wedding at St George's Chapel was Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008.
The royal family traditionally gather together on the vast West Steps afterwards for photographs.
Charles and Camilla had their wedding blessed at the chapel in 2005 
Charles and Camilla had their wedding blessed at the chapel in 2005 
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
Charles and Camilla were blessed, rather than married, in the Chapel in 2005.
Their actual civil ceremony was held in private, down the road in Windsor's Town Hall.
Camilla - who, like Charles, was a divorcee - switched her outfit for the religious blessing.
The Queen, who is head of the Church of England, did not attend the civil ceremony but was there for the televised blessing in the Chapel conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex
In 1999, Eugenie's uncle, the Earl of Wessex, married Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, at St George's.
The couple waved to onlookers as they took a carriage ride through the town.
Here are some of the other events St George's is known for:
Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex exchanged vows at St George's Chapel in 1999
Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex exchanged vows at St George's Chapel in 1999
Order of the Garter ceremony
It is the Chapel of the Order of the Garter, the senior order of chivalry in England, established in 1348 by Edward III.
Each year in June, royals who are Knights and Ladies of the Garter proceed in carriages from the state apartments down the hill to the chapel for the traditional Order of the Garter ceremony.
They dress in their Garter robes - heavy blue velvet capes and black velvet hats with elaborate white ostrich plumes.
Harry and Meghan and Princess Eugenie and her fiance Jack Brooksbanks are also set to marry at St George's Chapel this year 
Harry and Meghan and Princess Eugenie and her fiance Jack Brooksbanks are also set to marry at St George's Chapel this year 
Funerals
The church has been the setting for many historic funerals including the Queen Mother's private committal service following her Westminster Abbey funeral in 2002, and in the same year, Princess Margaret's small, private funeral.
What you need to know about Princess Eugenie and fiance's wedding
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