There’s going to be yet another royal wedding this year, as Princess Eugenie announced her engagement to Jack Brooksbank on Monday. The two will be married this autumn.
Princess Eugenie is a household name in the United Kingdom, but she’s probably best known to Americans, along with her sister, Princess Beatrice, for the flamboyant hat she wore to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
Princess Eugenie, the third of the Queen’s four granddaughters, was born on March 23, 1990, and is eighth in line for the throne, according to her official biography. Her birth name is Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York, and she was the first royal baby to have a public christening, according to the Daily Mail.
Her older sister, Princess Beatrice, is seventh in line for the throne, though neither are expected to ever reign. They will be moved to eighth and ninth in line once Prince William and Duchess Kate welcome their third child. USA Today reports that Beatrice is expected to play a big part in Eugenie’s wedding.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is the third child of the Queen and the first child born to a reigning monarch for 103 years. He married Sarah Ferguson, known to the press as “Fergie,” on July 23, 1986, and they welcomed Princess Beatrice two years later. The couple had a marriage and divorce that rocked the tabloids, though the two have remained close; they separated in 1992 and divorced officially in 1996
When she was 12, Princess Eugenie underwent back surgery to correct her scoliosis, and to this day has metal rods in her back after the procedure. Ever since then, she has made it a goal to support others with similar conditions. As Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, she has taken part in charity campaigns and even a charity bike ride throughout London. Her other charitable work includes being Patron of the Elephant Family alongside her mother, Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust alongside her sister, and Patron of the Coronet Theater and the European School of Osteopathy.
Eugenie graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with degrees in art history and English literature. She spent two years living in New York and working as a specialist at Paddle8, an online auction house, according to Harper’s Bazaar. These days, she works in London as an associate director of Hauser & Wirth, a contemporary art gallery. “I’ve loved art since I was very little,” she told the magazine. “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.”
Mutual friends introduced Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank during a ski trip in Verbier, Switzerland, and were engaged in Nicaragua in early January. They will be married in the fall of 2018 at George’s Chapel in Windsor, the same venue that her cousin, Prince Harry, will use to marry Meghan Markle this spring.
Brooksbank, 31, is the son of an accountant and grew up in British aristocratic circles. He did not attend college, though, and instead worked in the restaurant and bar industry. These days he’s the manager of the posh nightclub Mahiki, and is a brand representative for George Clooney’s company, Casamigos Tequila.
By all accounts, both families are thrilled about the engagement. Brooksbank’s parents, Nicola and George, said in a palace statementthey were “completely over the moon” at the good news. “They float with laughter and love,” her mother wrote on Twitter.