As any royal watcher who tuned in for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding would know, their royally special day was filled with love and excitement for the future. And her proud mom, the Duchess of York, was on hand to take it all in and send her youngest daughter off into a new chapter of her life. But as Sarah let one daughter go, she gained a son-in-law, who she lovingly refers to as "a blessing."
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Speaking to HELLO! at a black-tie dinner in Kensington Palace's Orangery, the duchess opened up about the couple's milestone day and Princess Eugenie battle with scoliosis, a curvature of the spine for which she was treated at age 12. The 28-year-old made waves when she skipped a veil and donned a stunning Peter Pilotto gown cut low in the back to expose her surgical scar. Bursting with pride, Sarah commended her daughter, saying: "When [Eugenie] walked up and walked tall, with scoliosis ... We never thought she was going to be a possibility, and there she was, no veil."
The mother of two also showered praise on Jack, who Eugenie first met while on a ski trip to Verbier, Switzerland. The two fell in love at first sight, they said during their engagement interview with ITV – and Sarah is just as smitten.
"And just the twin flame of [her and] that beautiful man – he looked like James Bond that day. And Jack is my son-in-law, and to have a son-in-law is just a blessing," she gushed about her daughter's husband. "Their wedding was about love, inclusivity and future. And when they go forward with strength because that's who they are. They will always, always be on the edge of inspirational change."
The duchess is the founding patron of Street Child, a children's charity that aims to educate vulnerable children in Africa and Asia - and recently merged with the development charity she founded in 1993, Children in Crisis. Sarah was speaking to HELLO! while ringing in the organization's tenth anniversary and celebrating its new Count Me In campaign. And like mother, like daughters – Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie joined in as global ambassadors of the charity this year.
While making a speech at the formal affair, which she attended with the newlyweds, the royal referred to Jack as her hero. "I call him the best lion-tamer there is. Keep on trying to tame the lion, which is my daughter. He's doing a good job so far. Jack, you're an absolutely amazing man. And Eugenie and Jack, you stand for unity, love, inclusivity and future. That's because you both had a great education." She went on to praise the two for being fabulous young leaders, like the charity they were toasting that night, as they inspire people "to walk on, walk tall and never give up."
The second royal wedding of the year, Sarah gushed, was a welcome reprieve from the disappointing news cycle: "I have to thank you for what you've done for me this year, both of you, because it's been a real treat and a real honour to see such love and happiness when we hear such bad news."