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Princess Eugenie reveals ‘it was love at first sight’ as she prepares to marry husband-to-be Jack Brooksbank

PRINCESS Eugenie has said “it was love at first sight” on the eve of her wedding to Jack Brooksbank.

The Queen’s granddaughter, 28, admitted to being nervous ahead of her big day but added she couldn’t wait to exchange vows with her boyfriend of seven years.

This Morning duo Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford quizzed Princess Eugenie and Jack about their wedding jitters

In an interview with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, who will anchor coverage of the royal wedding on ITV, the couple described the moment they met for the first time.

Brooksbank said: “We were skiing in a friend’s place out in Switzerland, and [looking at Eugenie] I saw you first, didn’t I? And we just stared at each other.”

Eugenie added: “Yes, and I thought, ‘what a silly hat!’… and I thought, ‘who’s that?’ and then you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.

“I think I rang my mum that night and said, ‘I’ve met this guy Jack’… and that was it I think about how it started.

 Couple are set to marry at noon today in Windsor
Couple are set to marry at noon today in Windsor
 The wedding is expected to be a mixture of the traditional and modern
The wedding is expected to be a mixture of the traditional and modern

“I remember being like, ‘I really, really like this guy, I really want him to like me too,’ and then you gave me this huge windscreen wiper wave and that was it, right, he likes me.”

Jack described Eugenie as a “bright shining light”.

While Eugenie admitted the whole thing was “nerve-wracking and a bit scary” she added: “At the end of the day you get to marry the person you love… and you’re going to be at the end of the aisle, and I’m going to be running towards you.”

The happy couple are set to tie the knot at St George’s Chapel with a regal escort including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Queen’s great-granddaughter will say her wedding vows with Eton-educated Tequila ambassador Tom at exactly 12 noon on Friday.

 Princess Eugenie arriving at Windsor Castle with Jack Brooksbank yesterday

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Princess Eugenie arriving at Windsor Castle with Jack Brooksbank yesterday

The Dean of Windsor described them as the “perfect couple”.

The pair were spotted hours earlier arriving at Windsor as the final preparations were being made.

With Mr Brooksbank at the wheel of the car, they travelled in convoy with a vehicle driven by the Duke of York with his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York beside him and Princess Beatrice on a back seat.

 Eugenie waved as she and Jack Brooksbank arrived Windsor Castle

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Eugenie waved as she and Jack Brooksbank arrived Windsor Castle

In Windsor, there was a noticeable police presence as security was stepped up ahead of the couple’s big day – which is expected to attract thousands to the Berkshire town.

David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, said it had been a pleasure to work with the Queen’s granddaughter and her fiance in the run-up to their wedding service, which he said would be a mix of the “traditional and modern”.

The dean, who will officiate when the couple make their marriage vows and give the address, has also been giving the pair traditional pre-marital guidance counselling.

He said: “As a couple they come across as just the perfect couple.
“They are very natural with each other, they obviously love one another but they also have a lot of fun together and it’s been a real pleasure to work with them.”

 The order of service has been revealed which will include the national anthem and a reading by Princess Beatrice

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The order of service has been revealed which will include the national anthem and a reading by Princess Beatrice
 A fun fair was being prepared in the grounds of Prince Andrew's Windsor residence

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A fun fair was being prepared in the grounds of Prince Andrew’s Windsor residence
 The amusements being prepared included a Ferris Wheel for guests to ride on

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The amusements being prepared included a Ferris Wheel for guests to ride on
 Preparations for the party were getting underway yesterday

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Preparations for the party were getting underway yesterday
 The couple have invited 850 guests to their special day - 250 more than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
The couple have invited 850 guests to their special day – 250 more than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The couple have invited 850 guests to their special day – 250 more than Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Several members of the Royal Family are set to attend, including Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Prince Charles, however, will attend his niece’s wedding alone as Camilla has a previously-arranged royal engagement.

 The Royal couple are set to tie the knot at St George’s Chapel
The Royal couple are set to tie the knot at St George’s Chapel
 Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew arrived by car

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Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew arrived by car
When is Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding, who is invited and where will they get married?

Celebrity guests will include singer Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field.

Preparations for a fairground for guests at the party got underway yesterday with what appeared to be a ferris wheel being erected in the grounds of Prince Andrew’s residence in Windsor Great Park.

The Grenadier Guards, of which the bride’s father, Prince Andrew is colonel, will line the West Steps as the couple leave as man and wife.

They will then parade through the streets of Windsor in an open-top carriage.

Prince George, five, and his little sister Princess Charlotte, three, are back in the wedding spotlight as a page boy and bridesmaid.

They will be joined by Zara and Mike ­Tindall’s daughter Mia, four, and Peter and Autumn Phillips’ daughters Savannah, seven, and six-year-old Isla.

 The Princess was all smiles ahead of her big day

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The Princess was all smiles ahead of her big day
 Royal fans patiently waited at the procession route
Royal fans patiently waited at the procession route
 Royal fan Joseph Afrane was prepared for the big day ahead

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Royal fan Joseph Afrane was prepared for the big day ahead
 Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York announced their engagement on January 22

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Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie of York announced their engagement on January 22

During the service, which takes place at 11am, opera star Andrea Bocelli, 60, will sing two songs while state trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry will perform a fanfare as the bride arrives.

Eugenie’s goddaughter, Maud Windsor, the five-year-old granddaughter of Princess Michael of Kent, also makes the party and the second pageboy is Louis de Givenchy, six, the son of high-flying JP ­Morgan banker Olivier and his wife Zoe who are close friends.

Princess Eugenie, 28, has also created special “attendant” roles for her cousins Louise, 14, and James, ten, the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The wedding service will include a personal prayer written by Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

 The Royal Wedding entourage will comprise of royals, relatives and close friends
The Royal Wedding entourage will comprise of royals, relatives and close friends
 Security was being stepped up around Windsor

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Security was being stepped up around Windsor

Dean of Windsor David Conner will give the address and before officiating as the couple make their marriage vows.

After the ceremony, guests will enjoy a traditional champagne reception hosted by the Queen.

The evening reception is being organised by wedding planner Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, the man behind David and Victoria Beckham’s 1999 big day.

They will have a sit-down meal at the Royal Lodge, where Princess Eugenie grew up and Prince Andrew and mum Sarah Ferguson still live – despite being divorced for 22 years.

The couple have opted for a lavish three-course dinner in a private marquee laid with a glass dance floor.

Royal baker preparing two cakes for wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank


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