Planning a wedding, especially a royal one, is no easy feat. It requires time, energy and a whole lot of patience. And while Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank likely spent a lot of all three planning their big day on Oct. 12, there was one final detail that had to be decided the morning of their nuptials – and it all came down to the weather! While choosing which carriage to ride is a decidedly princess problem to have, it’s still one that could ruffle the feathers of a bride prone to stress.
England has been experiencing some abnormally hot weather this autumn, and part of that means a lot of rain! So, to avoid getting drenched during their sweet carriage procession around the city of Windsor, the newlyweds chose the Scottish State Coach, which is covered but boasts big windows so royal watchers can see the couple from any angle. The decision to take this carriage, which was Prince Harry and Meghan’s backup option back in May, was made just a few hours before they exchanged vows, and it proved to be the right one – though the rains held off, it was quite a windy day, so this allowed Eugenie and Jack to enjoy their traditional procession without fear of nasty weather.
This particular coach was first known as the Cambridge Coach, but was remodelled in 1968 and 1969, as Her Majesty wanted it to be specifically for Scotland. And there are a few details that pay tribute to the Queen’s Highland home-away-from-home – the Order of the Thistle emblems and the Scottish version of the Royal Arms painted on the sides of the carriage. Showing her love of Balmoral, Princess Eugenie had the Thistle for Scotland as part of the handmade jacquard pattern on her dress, along with York roses and ivy.
After sharing a loving kiss on the West Steps of the chapel – the same location the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their first public smooch – the two climbed into the coach, which was pulled by four Windsor Grey horses: Plymouth, Milford Haven, Tyrone and Storm. The two outriders, dressed in red and adorned with a top hat, were Claudia and Sir Basil. These horses have been in charge of drawing carriages for monarchs and members of the Royal Family since Queen Victoria’s reign.
The two looked happy as can be while taking the ride around Windsor, during which they waved joyfully at fans. While it appears that they didn’t share a second kiss in the carriage as Meghan and Harry did, they definitely exchanged more than a few loving looks and a giggle or two.