Prior to the fall of 2018, when she said “I do” in a highly-publicized royal wedding, Princess Eugenie was relatively unknown on this side of the Atlantic—save, perhaps, for her much-discussed outfit at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials, several years before.
In the U.K., though, Eugenie has been a household name from birth. Here’s what you should know about the newly popular royal.
She is tenth in line for the throne.
Princess Eugenie, the third of the Queen’s four granddaughters, was born on March 23, 1990. Her full name is Eugenie Victoria Helena, and until she married Jack Brooksbank, her title was styled as Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York. (It’s pronounced “Yoo-jenny,” by the way.) These days, she goes by HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank.
Her parents are Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is the third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. He married Sarah Ferguson, commonly referred to as “Fergie,” on July 23, 1986. After having their two daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, the couple would eventually separate in 1992 and officially divorce in 1996. Although their marriage rocked the tabloids, the two have remained close.
She married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
Before their royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel, the couple had been together for some time. Eugenie met her future husband during a ski trip in 2010, when Princess Eugenie was 20 and Brooksbank was 24, according to the BBC. They soon began dating, and Brooksbank attended his first Royal Ascot alongside Eugenie in the summer of 2011.
The duo continued dating into the beginning of 2018—even making it work long-distance for a while, when Eugenie lived in New York—when they took the next step. Brooksbank popped the question during a trip to Nicaragua that January. “I was over the moon,” said Eugenie of the experience.
They said “I do” on October 12, 2018, in the same venue that Eugenie’s cousin, Prince Harry, married Meghan Markle a few months prior. Eugenie wore a stunning gown designed by Peter Pilotto for her wedding to Brooksbank. Beatrice, her maid of honor, read a passage from The Great Gatsby that reminded Eugenie of Jack.
Brooksbank 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, managing hotspots like the posh nightclub Mahiki. These days, he is a brand representative for the George Clooney-founded Casamigos Tequila.
She just gave birth to her first child.
Back in September, she confirmed the happy news that she was expecting with an Instagram post.
"Jack and I are so excited for early 2021....👶🏻" she wrote.
She gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, on February 9. Get all the details here.
Her personal struggles became her charitable cause.
When she was 12, Princess Eugenie underwent back surgery to correct her scoliosis, and to this day has metal rods in her back. Ever since then, she has endeavored to support others with similar conditions. As Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, she has taken part in several charity campaigns. She also shares her personal experiences with scoliosis, whether that means posting her x-rays on Instagram, or having her wedding dress designed to showcase her scar.
She’s also involved in anti-slavery work, and cofounded the Anti-Slavery Collective, an organization that works to highlight “modern slavery as a global epidemic.”
Her other patronages include the Coronet Theater, Charity:water, and the Tate Young Patrons, among others. She also serves as Patron of the Elephant Family, where she works alongside her mother, and the Teenage Cancer Trust, where she works with her sister.
She has a full-time gig in the art world.
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 a director of Hauser & Wirth, a contemporary art gallery. “I’ve loved art since I was very little,” she told Bazaar. “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.”
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