It looks like there is going to be two royal weddings in 2018. Monday morning, Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Eugenie, the 27-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is engaged to Jack Brooksbank. The two, who have dated for several years after meeting while skiing, became engaged earlier this month in Nicaragua, according to a statement from the royal family. In the past couple of weeks, plans for the wedding have already begun: The ceremony will take place in the fall of 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor—the same place where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.
Princess Eugenie and her fiancé were photographed in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace shortly following the announcement, and gave the public a first look at her gorgeous pink ring, a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Eugenie, who is eighth in line to the throne, will reportedly keep her royal title and will have the option to take his surname if she wishes. She currently works as an art gallery director at Hauser and Wirth. Her mother, Sarah Ferguson, took to Twitter to express just how happy she is about the upcoming nuptials. “We love Jack and I am so excited to have a son, a brother, and a best friend. Eugenie is one of the finest people I know and so together it will be pure harmony,” she wrote over a black and white photo of the couple. “I always say that the river flows well to it’s [sic] destiny because of the guidance of a solid rock,” she added,
Time will tell how involved Meghan Markle will be in Princess Eugenie’s wedding. As Prince Harry’s cousin, Eugenie will be a celebrated guest at his wedding and will likely be taking notes for her own ceremony just a few months later. See the announcement and engagement photos, below.
Royal Engagement Portraits Through the Years: From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos at Frogmore House in December, 2017 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images.
Prince William and Kate Middleton pose for photographs in the State Apartments of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. The couple became engaged during a holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. Photo by Chris Jackson via Getty Images.
Sophie Rhys-jones And Prince Edward on The Day Of Their Engagement. Photo by Tim Graham via Getty Images.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer pose outside Buckingham Palace following the official announcement of their engagement. Lady Diana, 19, had been a friend of the Royal Family all her life. Prince Charles, 32, was regarded as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Prince Andrew with Sarah Ferguson at Buckingham Palace after the announcement of their engagement. Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images.
Princess Anne and Mark Philips Engagement In London On 1973. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images.
Princess Anne and her fiance, Captain Mark Phillips. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images.
Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones in the grounds of Royal Lodge after they announced their engagement. Photo by Hulton Archive via Getty Images.
Princess Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.
The first official picture after the announcement of the engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, the former Prince Philip of Greece, at Buckingham Palace. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images.