On Friday, 12th October 2018, Princess Eugenie married Mr. Jack Brooksbank. But if you’re not entirely sure how the bride-to-be fits into the wider royal family, fear not – below we explain exactly who Princess Eugenie is and where she sits on the royal family tree.
Who is Princess Eugenie?
Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena is the second daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is a granddaughter of Elizabeth and the ninth in the line of succession to the throne after her elder sister Beatrice (though by Spring next year, with the arrival of Harry and Meghan’s first child, she will move down to 10th place).
Eugenie went to Marlborough College in Wiltshire – the same school as Kate Middleton – before going on to study English Literature and Art History at Newcastle University where she graduated with a 2.1.
As she does not carry out official royal duties, Eugenie doesn’t receive an allowance from the privy purse. She does work, however, as an art director at Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London.
Her husband, Jack Brooksbank, works as the European Manager for Casamigos Tequila. The pair met on a ski trip in Switzerland seven years ago.
How is Princess Eugenie Related to the Queen?
The modern royal family is a lot bigger than you might think. Queen Elizabeth has four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, plus there is the extended family and distant relations to consider.
So let’s make things simple: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, married (and later divorced on amicable terms) Sarah, the Duchess of York. The Duke and Duchess of York had two children: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
What is The House Of Windsor?
The House of Windsor refers to the current reigning royal house of which Queen Elizabeth II is the head. While the royal family can trace its ancestry back for centuries, the name of their house changes depending on who marries into it and what their own lineage is.
The House of Hanover began with the reign of Hanoverian George I and ended with the death of Queen Victoria.
The house then became known as the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha through the descendants of German-born Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. The name was changed in 1917 because of anti-Germany sentiment following the First World War.
What Is Princess Eugenie’s Surname?
Before 1917, members of the royal family did not have an official surname because they were so well known they didn’t need one. After 1917 King George V decreed that the family surname would be Windsor. Prince Philip’s surname is Mountbatten, so while you wouldn’t refer to the Queen as Mrs Mountbatten-Windsor, the royals can go by that surname if they choose.
Other royals, like Princess Eugenie and her immediate family use their family’s designated territory as their surname. As Princess Eugenie’s parents are the Duke and Duchess of York, she can be known as Eugenie York but as there is only one Princess Eugenie she doesn’t really need to.
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