Everything you need to know about Princess Eugenie's big day
For the second time in five months, the town of Windsor is buzzing with the anticipation of a Royal Wedding.
In less than 24 hours, Princess Eugenie, 28, – the youngest daughter of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Prince Andrew – will tie the knot with her boyfriend of seven years, 32-year-old Jack Brooksbank, a wine merchant.
Hundreds of police have descended on the town to ensure the day runs smoothly. Much has been made of the cost to taxpayers, with more than $3.5 million dollars spent on security, including putting up barriers, mobile toilets and bringing in sniffer dogs.
A handful of royalists camped out overnight opposite Windsor castle, the best vantage point to see the newlyweds when they emerge on a horse drawn carriage.
Katherine Rohan was among them. “It’s commitment, but the royals are important, we love them,” she told 9News.
Locals say it’s been much quieter than the lead up to Eugenie’s cousin Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May.
“We’re used to it here, we know how to throw a wedding!” local café owner Mary Keenan said.
Twelve hundred members of the public are right now preparing to make their way into the grounds of Windsor Castle.
They include representatives from the bride and groom’s favoured charities, local school children, as well as royal fans invited by online ballot to be part of the big day.
Another 850 guests make up a star-studded line up to descend on St George’s Chapel in just a few hours time.
George and Amal Clooney will return to Windsor for the festivities, having made an appearance at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials in May. The groom, Mr Brooksbank, is a wine merchant, and brand ambassador for Clooney’s tequila label.
David and Victoria Beckham are also on the list, along with singer songwriter Robbie Williams, whose daughter Theodora is a bridesmaid.
She’ll join three-year-old Princess Charlotte – who’ll be putting on her bridesmaid dress for the second time this year, after her Uncle Harry’s wedding in May.
The other flower girls include Savanna and Isla Philips - daughters of Autumn and Peter Phillips – Mia Tindall, Sara and Mike Tindall’s youngest daughter, and Maud Windsor, Princess Eugenie’s goddaughter.
William and Kate’s eldest son Prince George will be a pageboy.
The bride and groom have both chosen their siblings to be by their side for the day, with Eugenie’s older sister Princess Beatrice to be Maid of Honour. Jack Brooksbank’s brother Thomas will be Best Man.
And for the first time in many years, Sarah Ferguson will play a leading role at a royal event, as mother of the bride.
The Duchess of York didn’t get an invite to the wedding of William and Kate in 2011, and arrived alone to Harry and Meghan’s Windsor ceremony in May, but she wasn’t invited to the reception.
But there’ll be no snubbing or shaming Fergie today as she takes her place in the front row of St George’s Chapel to watch her daughter get married. She’s been very involved in the planning and is hugely excited about her daughter’s wedding.
The ceremony will take place at 11am (9pm AEDST) and will include a performance by Andrea Boccelli. The bride and groom will then undertake a carriage ride through Windsor.
The Queen will host a champagne reception in the afternoon, then it’s on to the evening reception at Royal Lodge, the Windsor home still shared by the bride’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who divorced in 1996.
But the party doesn’t end there, with a third, extravagant fun-fair themed party to be held on Saturday. Guests will ride dodgem cars, and Robbie Williams is rumoured to be performing.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will be the 17th royal couple to marry at Windsor castle in 150 years.
Most recently of course, Eugenie’s cousin Harry, the Duke of Sussex and his bride Meghan Markle – Hollywood actress turned Duchess. They’ll be there today, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles, and of course Eugenie’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth.
It’s reported that Prince Phillip, 97, intends to go but will “wake up and see how he feels” on the day.
The only senior member of the Royal Family likely to be absent is Camilla. The Duchess of Cornwall is said to be honouring “a longstanding commitment” to visit a primary school in Scotland today, much to the delight of students and pupils.