Ever since Princess Eugenie was born on a spring day in March of 1990, royal watchers have known the adorable British princess, daughter of Sarah, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew and little sister to Princess Beatrice . Now, the 28-year-old royal is gearing up to say “I do” to the love of her life, Jack Brooksbank. But how much do you know about him? Turns out, he’s not just a cocktail waiter, as he was when they met – he has a prestigious background all his own!
Jack got his name from his great-grandfather, Sir ‘Jack’ Coke (whose full name was John Spencer Coke), a baronet who was a Scots Guards officer that became an equerry to Queen Mary after he became too old to serve in the military, according to the Daily Mail. Though the title slightly misses the peerage system, falling just under baron, baronets are considered a British hereditary dignity, similar to a knighthood. While Jack’s parents no longer hold a baronet title, the pedigree and fascinating familial history is certainly one of which they can be proud!
The couple are also very distantly related, says the Daily Mail, as Sir Jack’s sister Julia was wife of the 7 th Viscount Powerscourt, who is Eugenie’s great-great-great-grandfather. Similarly, his royal pedigree runs even deeper with a distant relation to the Duchess of Cornwall through the fourth Earl of Albemarle, as well as to Prince William through his uncle Earl Spencer and to Duchess Kate by Edward III of England, who died in 1377.
It wasn’t long before Jack became close to the Windsor family and the young royals. After he and Eugenie’s romance blossomed on the ski slopes of Verbier, Switzerland, he wasted no time meeting the family. He’s often been photographed at royal events with the Yorks, including Royal Ascot in 2017 where the 32-year-old and his future mother-in-law were snapped having loads of fun. She even posted a sweet tribute to the couple on Twitter, writing: “They float with laughter and love .. although a boat helps! #engagement #eugieandjack @TheDukeOfYork @yorkiebea.” And even before that, in 2016, Jack was lucky enough to meet Her Majesty at Balmoral during a hunting trip to celebrate Prince Harry’s 32nd birthday.
But when Princess Eugenie and Jack say “I do” at St. George’s Chapel in two weeks’ time, it’s unlikely that he will be receiving a formal title from the Queen. Marlene Eilers Koenig, author of the Royal Musings blog, explained why to HELLO!: “Jack will not be getting any title from the Queen. The precedent was set by Princess Alexandra and the Hon. Mr. Angus Ogilvy in 1963. He turned down an earldom. Princess Anne and Mark Phillips also turned down an earldom from the Queen in 1973.”