The second royal wedding of 2018 is fast approaching, with Princess Eugenie due to marry Jack Brooksbank on October 12. And now we have our first look at Eugenie's wedding invites, and can compare them to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's invitations.
Vanity Fair first shared an image of Princess Eugenie's wedding invites, revealing that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, sent the invitations to potential guests. And as the design of Princess Eugenie's invites makes clear, the second royal wedding of 2018 will have a very different style from that of the first.
For comparison, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding invitations featured the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales, the symbol of Harry's father Prince Charles. It was revealed that Barnard and Westwood printed Meghan and Harry's invites, with the printers being responsible for royal invitations since 1985.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
Much like Meghan and Harry's invitations, Princess Eugenie's wedding invites feature a simple and elegant design, and include her father's crest. As Good Housekeeping reports, Eugenie's invitations feature Prince Andrew's badge in blue, which has the white rose of York at its center.
The blue badge sets Eugenie's invitations apart from Meghan and Harry's, and from Kate and William's, which both featured gold crests.
The significance of a badge being featured is apparently in relation to who paid for each wedding: the Queen's crest featured on Prince William and Kate Middleton's invites, as she hosted their wedding. Meanwhile, Prince Charles' crest was at the top of Prince Harry and Meghan's invites as he was the host of their May 2018 nuptials.
Vanity Fair also reports that it's thought that Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have invited some 850 guests to their nuptials, which is around 250 more invitations than Meghan and Harry sent out for their May wedding.