Just under a fortnight since the couple shared news of their engagement to the public, a statement shared to the Duke of York’s official Twitter account revealed the date of 2018’s second royal wedding to be 12th October.
‘The marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank will take place on 12th October 2018,’ it read. ‘As previously announced, the wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.’
The couple, who met on a skiing trip to Verbier seven years ago, became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. In an interview with BBC’s The One Show, the Princess described the proposal as a ‘perfect moment’ and a ‘complete surprise.’
‘I actually said this is an incredible moment, and then he popped the question, which was really surprising even though we have been together seven years,’ she told the BBC. ‘I was over the moon.’
Referring to her grandparents’ reaction to the engagement, she added: ‘Granny actually knew right at the beginning [of the engagement]. She was very happy as was my grandfather.'
Eugenie, who is the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, will keep her royal title when she marries and can take Brooksbank’s surname should she choose to do so.
Previous reports speculated that the Princess and her fiancé had been planning to tie the knot in September, but eventually had to move their big day until October to avoid a clash with a possible foreign tour for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
‘Eugenie and Jack are keen to tie the knot quite quickly, and there certainly wouldn’t be any issue as regards the booking of the chapel given who her grandmother is,’ a source told the Daily Mail. ‘But the issue is that some members of the Royal Family already have commitments in the diary.’
‘There is talk of a number of foreign tours for Prince Harry and Miss Markle this year, and September is a date that has been mooted. There is nothing concrete yet, but it looks as if Eugenie and Jack will go for October instead.'