How old is Princess Eugenie, when did she get engaged and when is the wedding to Jack Brooksbank?

As Princess Eugenie of York prepares to tie the knot with her partner Jack Brooksbank, here's the lowdown on their romance, her engagement ring – and that infamous hat.

How old is Princess Eugenie and who are her family?

The princess was born Eugenie Victoria Helena on March 23, 1990, in London.

Eugenie is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and of Sarah, Duchess of York, who divorced when she was six years old.

She has one older sister, Princess Beatrice.

She is ninth in line to the throne and first cousins with Princes William and Harry.

Where did she go to school?

Princess Eugenie attended Coworth Park School from 1995 to 2001, and then St George's School, near Windsor Castle until 2003.

She boarded at £36,000-a-year Marlborough College in Wiltshire for five years, which Kate Middleton also attended.

After taking a gap year, she studied art history, English literature and politics at Newcastle University, where she gained a 2:1 degree.

What does she do?

In 2013, Princess Eugenie moved to New York to work for the online auction firm Paddle8 as a benefit auctions manager.

In July 2015, she returned to London to work for the Hauser & Wirth art gallery, where she works as an associate director.

Princess Eugenie does not carry out public duties and doesn't receive any allowance from the privy purse.

She has undertaken a limited number of engagements with a number of charities that her mother also supports.

These include Teenage Cancer Trust, Children in Crisis and Elephant Family.

Eugenie and her sister Beatrice have even represented the Queen in Germany at the former Hanoverian royal palace.

The two siblings paired up with a graffiti artist known as Teddy M to create the first ever Royal Graffiti – Royal Love.

When did she and Jack Brooksbank get engaged and when is their wedding?

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace on January 22, 2018.

She'd got engaged to the tequila mogul in Nicaragua earlier that month.

The couple began dating in 2011 after they met while skiing in the Swiss resort of Verbier.

They are due to get married this autumn at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The wedding will take place on October 12.

As she is currently ninth in line to the throne, The Queen's permission is not required for her to marry.

What does her engagement ring look like?

Princess Eugenie's engagement ring comprises of a pink padparadscha sapphire, surrounded by 10 brilliant cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds.

It's very similar in style to the ruby engagement ring her dad, Prince Andrew, gave to Sarah Ferguson when he proposed in 1986.

According to a gem expert, the ring is valued at around £100,000 – that's twice the value of Meghan Markle's sparkler.

Padparadscha is the name given to the corundum gem that bears a mixture of red and yellow, a sort of cross between a ruby and yellow sapphire.

It is considered among the rarest and more valuable of all the corundum varieties.


What about that hat?

Princess Eugenie and her sister Beatrice hit the headlines with their incredible headwear at the wedding of William and Kate in 2011.

Eugenie sported a blue and green Vivienne Westwood dress, teamed with a Philip Treacy hat with taupe feathers sprouting from maroon flowers – from a cobalt blue hat.

Her sister's equally outlandish hat was sold on eBay for £81,100.01 in the same year in aid of Unicef and Children in Crisis.



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