Princess Eugenie didn't change into a different dress for her wedding reception, and she's the first major royal to do so in recent years

princess eugenie did not wear second wedding dress

  • Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding took place Friday morning in St. George’s Chapel.
  • Eugenie wore a long-sleeved gown with a fitted bodice, full skirt, and low back to the couple’s ceremony.
  • Later in the day, the princess made the surprising choice not to change into a second dress for her evening reception.
  • The princess is the first major royal in recent history to wear the same dress to her wedding ceremony and reception.
  • The last bride to do so was the late Princess Diana.

Royal fans may have been surprised when Princess Eugenie chose not to change into a second dress for her wedding reception.

On Friday, the princess tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. At the ceremony, Eugenie stunned in a long-sleeved gown with a fitted bodice, full skirt, and low back.

jack brooksbank princess eugenie wedding photo

The design was a custom creation by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos — the duo behind Pilotto’s namesake label — who made the dress „layer by layer.“

The princess also wore a beautiful tiara made of emeralds and diamonds pavé-set in platinum, which was originally owned by the Queen Mother and lend to her by Queen Elizabeth II.

After the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, the newlyweds were photographed leaving Windsor Castle for an evening reception at the Royal Lodge, the Duke of York’s official residence since 2003, and the Queen Mother’s former home. To the surprise of some, Eugenie was still wearing the same Pilotto and De Vos gown.

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The princess is the first major royal in recent history to wear the same dress to her wedding ceremony and reception.

Earlier this year, after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry exchanged vows in St. George’s Chapel, the duchess changed into a modern Stella McCartney gown for the couple’s intimate evening celebration at Frogmore House.

meghan markle wedding reception dress

For her evening wedding reception in April 2011, Kate Middleton swapped out her iconic Alexander McQueen ceremony dress for another McQueen design: a strapless satin gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished belt.

Kate Middleton reception dress

The late Princess Diana was the last major royal to wear the same dress at her wedding ceremony and reception.

In July 1981, Diana married Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral in a voluminous, ivory gown made out of silk taffeta and lace with a dramatic train and veil. Following the ceremony, the two kept with royal tradition by making an appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, where they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

princess di wedding dress

According to the BBC, Diana and Charles then enjoyed toasts at a dinner reception with 120 family guests.

It turns out that Diana did, in fact, have a second wedding dress made for her, but she never ended up wearing it. As Hello! magazine reported, David Emanuel, who designed Diana’s ceremony gown along with his wife, Elizabeth, told People that the duo „wanted to make absolutely sure that the dress was a surprise.“

For the designers‘ „own peace of mind,“ they created a second look just in case the ivory gown was destroyed or leaked to the public before her big day, Emanuel said.

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