Why Princess Eugenie's reception will be very different from Harry and Meghan's

By Meaghan Wray

While Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal wedding ceremony will take place in the same venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s, there is one aspect that is going to be much different: their wedding reception. The couple has reportedly decided to keep their party close to home, hosting it in none other than the Yorks’ family home in Windsor.

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According to Vanity Fair, the newlyweds’ celebration will be taking place at the Royal Lodge, nearly five kilometres south of where they will say “I do” in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. A source revealed to People that “Eugenie is local to the area and spent a lot of her life in Windsor,” so the choice makes perfect sense. It likely also has some sentimental value, as it’s where her father, Prince Andrew, currently lives. Though Andrew and the Duchess of York parted ways back in 1996, she reportedly still stays on the property when she’s in the country.

The Royal Lodge looked a bit different in 1942. Photo: © Studio Lisa/Getty Images

The magazine also reported that Eugenie’s doting parents will be helping to get every detail right for the reception, with a source saying: “Sarah and Andrew are helping to organize the evening party. The plan is for a marquee to be set up in the grounds and dancing late into the night. Eugenie and Jack are planning the whole thing but Sarah and Andrew are very involved. Sarah is bringing a very eclectic and exciting guest list to Windsor.” Given the mother and daughter’s combined list of celebrity friends, we can only imagine how star-studded her wedding and reception will be!

Prince Andrew, Jack Brooksbank, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Eugenie attended the Royal Ascot together this year. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Meghan and Harry had their own evening reception at Frogmore House, also on the castle grounds, which was built back in the late 1600s. While the Royal Lodge has been used for multiple purposes since 1662, it wasn’t a living space until the mid-eighteenth century, when military topographer and artist Thomas Sandby moved in. Following his death, George, Prince of Wales used the lodge as a temporary accommodation in 1812. Fast forward to 1931, after various closures and renovations, when King George V gave the lodge to the Duke and Duchess of York (who became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth). Queen Elizabeth II ’s mother passed away in the residence after using it for years as her country retreat and by the summer of 2003, Prince Andrew was granted a lease agreement by the Crown Estate for 75 years. The stunning home boasts 98 acres and 30 rooms, including seven bedrooms and a saloon.

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