As if 2018 wasn't already the unofficial Year of the Royals, a second royal wedding is on the horizon—and it's open to members of the public. This past January, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie got engaged to longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, and the two are now set to make it official on October 12, 2018.
Per @theroyalfamily Instagram account, the two "would like to invite members of the public to join their wedding...inside the Precincts of Windsor Castle," reads the announcement. "Members of the public who would like to attend can fill in an application form." A cool 1200 members of the public will be approved and will be able to "view the arrival of the congregation and Members of the Royal Family, listen to a live broadcast of the Marriage Service and watch the start of the procession as the couple depart at the end of the Wedding ceremony."
Per the application, interested parties must be over five years of age, and must be living at a UK or British Forces postal address. Groups of four family members or friends can apply on the same form, and if one person gets approved, the entire group will be permitted to attend.
Head over to the royal family's website for more and see the official announcement post below.
Originally published on January 22, 2018:
This is going to be a big year for the British royal family. Following news that Prince Harry will wed American actress Meghan Markle in May, Buckingham Palace has just confirmed there will be a second royal wedding this year. In a statement issued on Monday morning, palace officials announced the queen's granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, is engaged to marry longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.
Eugenie, 27, is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew, the queen's son, and is currently eighth in the line of royal succession. Brooksbank, 31, is considered royalty in a different sphere—Tatler dubbed him king of the London club scene. According to Business Insider, he is the manager of the Kensington branch of Mahiki nightclub, a venue that's popular among the younger royals.
Brooksbank proposed to the princess during a trip to Nicaragua in early January with a pink sapphire and diamond engagement ring. The pair have been dating for over seven years and are set to marry in fall this year. Expect to see a lot of St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle—both royal couples are tying the knot at the same venue.