It’s royal wedding crunch time for Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank. The royal couple is set to wed on October 12, 2018, at Windsor Castle — just like her cousin, Prince Harry did back in May. And, with the wedding nearly two weeks away, royal family fans can’t help but wonder, what will Princess Eugenie’s title be after marriage? Spoiler alert: There’s a good chance she won’t become a duchess like her cousins-in-law, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
We reveal why, plus what Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding will be like, ahead.
Princess Eugenie probably won’t become a duchess
In the royal family, a dukedom is the highest ranking title a member can hold. And, the sons and grandsons of a reigning monarch often receive the noble title at the time of majority or marriage. And, the wives of said sons and grandsons also take on their husband’s title. Case in point: When Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in May 2018, Queen Elizabeth II named her grandson the Duke of Sussex, so Meghan Markle automatically became the Duchess of Sussex.
That said, as Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie likely won’t receive a dukedom of her own. And, since her husband is not a son or grandson of the queen — or a member of royalty — he doesn’t exactly qualify under royal family rules. Which means Princess Eugenie most likely won’t become a duchess after marriage. According to some reports, when it comes to her official royal title, Princess Eugenie has a choice. She could give up her HRH Princess Eugenie of York title and go as Lady Eugenie. Or, she could keep her status and go by HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Brooksbank. And, if she so chooses, she can forgo her husband’s name and remain HRH Princess Eugenie.
Although the rules state only a son or grandson of the monarch can become a duke, Princess Eugenie could still become a duchess. The royal family has recently become much more equal with laws like the Succession to the Crown Act 2015, which says royal succession is not subject to gender. Or, in other words, royal princesses born after October 28, 2011, can now keep their place in line to the throne — even if a younger brother comes along.
In a new age of gender equality, the queen could grant her granddaughter a duchess title. However, the chances of that are slim to none, as she’s not considered a full-time royal.
What will Princess Eugenie’s wedding be like?
Just like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will get married at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel — and the royal family will pay for the wedding. According to the family’s website, the royal couple will go on “a short carriage procession through part of Windsor High Street” following the ceremony. The carriage will then make its way back to the castle via Cambridge Gate. From there, the couple, their family, and friends will enjoy a nice lunch reception, hosted by the queen.
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