It's the news royal watchers have been anticipating for quite some time! Princess Eugenieand Jack her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank are officially engaged, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday (Jan. 22). The statement read: "The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engagement in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George's Chapel in Windsor." Here is everything you need to know about Jack before he becomes an official member of the royal family.
How did they meet?
The pair first met while skiing at the royal hotspot Verbier in Switzerland back in 2010, and were introduced by mutual friends. They returned to the resort for a ski holiday with his future father-in-law, Prince Andrew, in January 2015.
What does he do?
Jack is a Brand Ambassador of Casamigos tequila, which was founded by George Clooney, and worked in bars and pubs, including the celebrity hotspot Mahiki, for several years. Speaking about his career in hospitality, he once told the Daily Mail: "I want to create a chain of pubs. It has been my dream since I was 18. I have fond memories of Sunday roasts in pubs with log fires, and it's something I want to recreate."
Who are his family?
Jack's parents are Nicola and George, who work as a company director and a chartered accountant respectively. He is also a descendant of the Brooksbank baronets, and he and Eugenie are actually blood relatives (albeit very, very distant). The Duchess of York is the great great granddaughter of Lady Julia Coke, who is the daughter of Jack's great great grandfather, Thomas Coke.
His relationship with the royal family
Jack has been seen attending high-profile events, including Royal Ascot, with Princess Eugenie since 2011. The club manager also reportedly gets on very well with the Duke and Duchess of York, with one insider saying that the pair are "very fond" of the "lovely chap". Jack and Eugenie visited the Queen in Balmoral together for Prince Harry's 32nd birthday in 2016, sparking rumours that they had asked Her Majesty for her marriage blessing.