Two months after Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle, and it's easy to forget that the new Duke of Sussex isn't the only member of the royal family to tie the knot this year. Princess Eugenie will also walk up the aisle to marry her boyfriend of seven years, Jack Brooksbank.
The couple wed today at St. George’s Chapel, surrounded by their nearest and dearest, including Eugenie’s immediate family, Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice.
While many were wowed by the ceremony others have been speculating if Jack and Eugenie’s titles will change after marrying.It had been thought that he may receive the title of Earl of Northallerton, which has not been used in many years.
But, according to the Daily Mail, a representative for the York family has confirmed that actually, Jack will not receive any royal title after the wedding – and will instead retain his non-royal status.
Reportedly, Princess Eugenie is very relaxed about the lack of title for her now husband, with a source telling the publication that she ‘couldn’t care less’ about titles.
‘Eugenie couldn’t care less about titles and is perfectly happy to be Mrs Brooksbank.’
While not of royal blood, Jack himself is actually part of one of the oldest and wealthiest families in the UK – so he’s not doing too badly.
But what does this news mean for Eugenie’s title after marriage? Reportedly, the fact that Jack will not receive a royal title means that she will officially be styled, HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank. But that’s only if she wants to change her name.
According to other royal sources however, the 28-year-old Princess may actually have the option to keep her royal title, or get rid of it. However, it’s thought to be unlikely that she will get rid of her HRH title.
Jack’s lack of title is not an uncommon thing when it comes to men marrying into the royal family. Princess Anne’s ex-husband Mark Phillips, set the precedent for men marrying to the family, by rejecting the offer of any sort of title.
But it seems that outside of her marriage, Eugenie’s full name also holds an emotional meaning behind it.
Her full name is Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York. And both middle names pay special tribute to some other members of the royal family.
Victoria is a nod to Eugenie’s late ancestor, Queen Victoria. Victoria is the current Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother.
The name Helena also likely stems from Queen Victoria’s third daughter, Princess Helena. Helena in Greek also means light – suggesting the youngest York daughter was a source of great happiness for Sarah and Prince Andrew.
And in fact, her first name also pays sweet tribute to Victoria Eugenie of Battenburgh, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter. What lovely family connections!
Princess Eugenie has often spoken about her unusual name, revealing that people usually struggle to pronounce it correctly.
In 2008, the royal bride-to-be told the Telegraph, “Whenever we used to meet foreign people who were struggling with it, my mum and I would help them by saying, ‘It’s like use your knees.'”