Take a Peek at Princess Eugenie's Stunning Wedding Reception Venue, Royal Lodge
As Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's October nuptials draw near, exciting details about the wedding venue and its history are being revealed. It was already announced that the couple, who have been together for more than seven years, will hold their wedding ceremony inside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, but according to Vanity Fair, the newlyweds will make their way to another venue to continue their festivities later that evening. After walking down the aisle and saying their vows, Eugenie and Jack will reportedly hold a nighttime reception at Royal Lodge in Windsor.
WHAT IS THE ROYAL LODGE?
The Royal Lodge, which is located 3 miles south of Windsor Castle, is where the York family currently resides, making Eugenie's celebration the closest the royals will ever come to hosting a backyard wedding.
According to the Express, the property was originally built in 1662 but was heavily remodeled in the 1830s. Prior to the York family's occupancy, lived in the Royal Lodge until she passed away in 2002. The lavish estate was refurbished once more in 2004 right before the Yorks officially moved in.
The Royal Lodge in Windsor
WHO IS HOSTING THE EVENT?
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have been very involved in the planning of their wedding day, but Vanity Fair also shared that Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York are helping to organize the evening reception.
Earlier this year, the royal family paid for the core aspects of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding and they are once again expected to pitch in for at least some of the costs of Eugenie's event. The rest of the wedding day costs will reportedly be split between Princess Eugenie's parents.
WHAT WILL THE RECEPTION BE LIKE?
Despite the property's numerous renovations, gorgeous details of the 1820s architecture still remain prevalent throughout the Lodge. According to the Express, there's even a gothic saloon which features a "stunning nature-inspired design, with green painted walls and a lighter green ceiling."
As far as the evening celebrations go, an anonymous source who is helping with the special event told Vanity Fair, "The plan is for a marquee to be set up in the grounds and dancing late into the night." Another notable detail shared is that "Sarah is bringing a very eclectic and exciting guest list to Windsor."
The Royal Lodge is where the York family currently resides.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM MEGHAN AND HARRY'S WEDDING?
While Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will tie the knot in the same venue that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose for their May nuptials, there are a few key differences between these two celebrations. Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding, Eugenie and Jack will likely have a much smaller guest list.
Harry and Meghan also held their rather exclusive evening reception in Frogmore House, an official royal residence not far from Windsor Castle, where they invited about 200 guests. The venue choice was also where the two took their engagement photos.
Given that the York family resides in the Royal Lodge, Princess Eugenie spent much of her childhood in the area, making her choice of venue a heartfelt one not only for the bride, but her entire family.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.