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There's more police than public! Royal fans leave it late to make it to Windsor as officers outnumber well-wishers just two hours before the ceremony while guests battle blustery conditions as they arrive for the ceremony

  • Queen's granddaughter Princess Eugenie will marry tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank today
  • They will say their vows at St George's Chapel in front of congregation of celebrities, royals and VIP guests
  • Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attened
  • Duke and Duchess of Sussex also expected to be there - and Duke of York will walk Eugenie down the aisle

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

Published: 02:38 EDT, 12 October 2018 | Updated: 04:11 EDT, 12 October 2018

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Royal fans gathered in Windsor this morning ahead of Princess Eugenie's royal wedding as the Queen's granddaughter prepares to tie the knot in a lavish ceremony.

Eugenie and tequila brand ambassador Jack Brooksbank will say their vows in the gothic surrounds of 15th century St George's Chapel, in front of an 850-strong congregation of celebrities, royals and VIP guests at Windsor Castle.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are all expected to be there for the grand royal celebration. 

But the streets of Windsor were mostly empty this morning, with hundreds of police officers lining the roads in a taxpayer-funded security presence that is said to be costing £2million.

Police officers line the empty streets of Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Police officers line the empty streets of Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Police officers line the empty streets of Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Police officers patrol the empty streets of Windsor this morning ahead of Eugenie and Jack's royal wedding
Police officers patrol the empty streets of Windsor this morning ahead of Eugenie and Jack's royal wedding

Police officers patrol the empty streets of Windsor this morning ahead of Eugenie and Jack's royal wedding

Police arrive early this morning to line the streets ahead of Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor
Police arrive early this morning to line the streets ahead of Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor

Police arrive early this morning to line the streets ahead of Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor

Criticism has already been levied at the estimated £2million security bill, which falls to the taxpayer, for Eugenie's wedding
Criticism has already been levied at the estimated £2million security bill, which falls to the taxpayer, for Eugenie's wedding

Criticism has already been levied at the estimated £2million security bill, which falls to the taxpayer, for Eugenie's wedding

Police officers from different forces including from Gwent Police in Wales secure the area around Windsor Castle today
Police officers from different forces including from Gwent Police in Wales secure the area around Windsor Castle today

Police officers from different forces including from Gwent Police in Wales secure the area around Windsor Castle today

Police officers stand around next to the barriers in Windsor today amid low crowd numbers ahead of Eugenie's wedding
Police officers stand around next to the barriers in Windsor today amid low crowd numbers ahead of Eugenie's wedding

Police officers stand around next to the barriers in Windsor today amid low crowd numbers ahead of Eugenie's wedding

Police officers line the top of buildings as they get ready for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding today
Police officers line the top of buildings as they get ready for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding today

Police officers line the top of buildings as they get ready for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding today

Proud father the Duke of York will walk his daughter down the aisle. In a television interview ahead of the wedding, Jack paid tribute to his future wife, who is ninth in line to the throne, calling her a 'bright shining light'.

Eugenie, 28, told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from ITV's This Morning show, which will be screening the ceremony live, that her 'humble and generous' husband-to-be had the ability to 'make everyone feel so special'.

A royal fan eager to see Eugenie arrived in Windsor today, expecting large crowds to start gathering earlier in the week. Kerry Evans, 54, from Lincolnshire, has been in the crowds of well wishers at the past two royal weddings.

She said: 'I wanted to be part of the wedding and the traditions because it's all part of being being British. I thought there would be lots of people arriving but there aren't, I've been waiting and waiting.' 

Windy conditions in Windsor
Windy conditions in Windsor
Women arriving for the service this morning walk through Windsor this morning in windy conditions
Women arriving for the service this morning walk through Windsor this morning in windy conditions

Two women arriving for the service this morning walk through Windsor this morning in windy conditions

Guests hold onto their hats and headpieces
Guests hold onto their hats and headpieces
Windy conditions in Windsor
Windy conditions in Windsor

Two guests hold onto their hats and headpieces as they make their way towards Windsor Castle this morning

Armed police officers walk down the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle before the royal wedding this morning
Armed police officers walk down the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle before the royal wedding this morning

Armed police officers walk down the Long Walk towards Windsor Castle before the royal wedding this morning

The Long Walk is pictured ahead of the royal wedding of Eugenie and Jack this morning
The Long Walk is pictured ahead of the royal wedding of Eugenie and Jack this morning

The Long Walk is pictured ahead of the royal wedding of Eugenie and Jack this morning

Speaking about comparisons between the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, she said: 'She is still the granddaughter of the Queen, of course she'd get married here.

Timings for Eugenie and Jack's Windsor wedding

7am - Doors open to the invited public through the Visitor Admission Centre on Castle Hill.

8.30am - 10.15am - Doors to St George's Chapel open to the congregation. Wedding guests start arriving in Middle Ward. Organ music plays in the Chapel.

10.15am - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs.

From 10.25am - Members of the royal family arrive at the Galilee Porch and are received by the Dean of Windsor, They take their seats in the Quire.

10.30am - Mr and Mrs George Brooksbank, the parents of the groom, arrive at the West Door.

10.32am - Mother of the bride Sarah, Duchess of York and Maid of Honour Princess Beatrice of York arrive by car at the West Door.

10.35am - Groom Jack Brooksbank and his best man and brother Thomas Brooksbank, arrive by car at the West Door.

10.52am - The Queen arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean and conducted to her seat in the Quire.

10.57am - Bride Princess Eugenie and her father, the Duke of York, arrive at the West Steps of St George's Chapel

11am - The service begins.

12pm - The service ends and the bride and groom, the bridal party and the couple's parents process to the West Door. The Queen and members of the royal family move from the Quire to the Galilee Porch. The bride and groom depart from the West Steps by carriage.

12.15pm - Eugenie and Jack arrive at Windsor Castle for their afternoon reception.

'She's a princess of this country so that must be quite hard to see another wedding in the same year.'

Royal super-fan John Loughney, from London, said he was happy to be there to share the day with Princess Eugenie.

The 63-year-old has been in the crowds for the last two royal weddings and was also outside the hospital for the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

He said: 'There's only two people who will be truly proud today and that's (Princess Eugenie's) mother and father. They'll be ever so proud to see their daughter married.'

'Myself and all the royal fans wish them a very happy marriage.'

Mr Loughney arrived yesterday afternoon to bag a prime position from which to see the wedding procession.

Mother of the bride Sarah, Duchess of York - who spent years as an outcast from the royal family following her split from Andrew, will also take centre stage for the high profile royal occasion.

Her former father-in-law Philip is said to have never forgiven 'Fergie' for the scandal she caused when she was caught in the infamous 'toe-sucking' incident, having her feet kissed by financial adviser John Bryan in 1992. 

The couple's Order of Service revealed that Jack will not be wearing a ring and Eugenie will not promise to obey her husband. Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli will perform Bach's Ave Maria.

A Gaelic Blessing will be sung by the choir, and maid of honour Princess Beatrice - Eugenie's older sister - will read an extract from F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby.

The bride and groom have chosen a traditional marriage ceremony which features language such as 'thou' and 'thee' instead of 'you'. 

David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, will officiate over the vows and give the address.

Tina Howe  and Steph Higgins from Manchester pose in Union Jack attire ahead of the royal wedding this morning
Tina Howe  and Steph Higgins from Manchester pose in Union Jack attire ahead of the royal wedding this morning

Tina Howe and Steph Higgins from Manchester pose in Union Jack attire ahead of the royal wedding this morning

Royal fans gather in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel today
Royal fans gather in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel today

Royal fans gather in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel today

Well-wishers wait in Windsor for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie  and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel
Well-wishers wait in Windsor for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie  and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel

Well-wishers wait in Windsor for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel

Well-wishers wait in Windsor for the royal wedding today - the second one of the year
Well-wishers wait in Windsor for the royal wedding today - the second one of the year

Well-wishers wait in Windsor for the royal wedding today - the second one of the year

Stars at the nuptials will include former Take That singer Robbie Williams and his wife and fellow X Factor judge Ayda Field, whose six-year-old daughter Theodora is one of the bridesmaids.

From pop royalty to the real thing: Eugenie and Jack's bridal party

Best Man

The groom's brother, Thomas Brooksbank

Maid of Honour

The bride's sister, Princess Beatrice

Bridesmaids

Princess Charlotte, three, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Savannah Phillips, seven, and Isla Phillips, six, daughters of Peter and Autumn Phillips

Mia Tindall, four, daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall

Maud Windsor, five, daughter of Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor - and the bride's goddaughter

Theodora Williams, six, daughter of Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field

Page Boys

Prince George, five, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Louis de Givenchy, six, son of Olivier and Zoe De Givenchy

Special Attendants

Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, 14, daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex

James, Viscount Severn, 10, son of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will also play a starring role among the young helpers, along with Zara and Mike Tindall's spirited four-year-old Mia and Peter and Autumn Phillips' daughters Savannah and Isla.

Maud Windsor, who is Eugenie's goddaughter and the daughter of Lord Frederick Windsor and his actress wife Sophie Winkleman, is also a bridesmaid.

George will be joined by fellow page boy Louis de Givenchy - the six-year-old son of JP Morgan banking executive Olivier de Givenchy and his wife Zoe.

Well known faces predicted to attend the second royal wedding of the year include singer Ellie Goulding and fiance Caspar Jopling, supermodel Cindy Crawford, David and Victoria Beckham.

Also forecast to be on the list are Harry's exes Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy, model Cara Delevingne, singer James Blunt and wife Sofia Wellesley, and George and Amal Clooney.

Jack works as a drinks executive for Casamigos tequila, which was founded by Clooney and Crawford's husband Rande Gerber.

Royal fans will be keen to see how the wedding compares to that of Harry and Meghan, who wed in the same venue just five months ago.

Crowds of more than 100,000 lined the streets for the duke and American former actress' big day in May. Criticism has already been levied at the estimated £2million security bill, which falls to the taxpayer, for Eugenie's wedding.

The policing costs will have been increased by the 1km (0.6-mile) carriage ride the couple will make through the town after the ceremony.

But Eugenie, who is not a working royal, and Jack will not head up the Long Walk like Harry and Meghan, but take a shorter route back to the castle.

Windsor looks set to escape the worst of Storm Callum, but the conditions could be blowy on the dry and cloudy day.

Crowds try to get a decent vantage point outside Windsor Castle this morning ahead of this year's second royal wedding 
Crowds try to get a decent vantage point outside Windsor Castle this morning ahead of this year's second royal wedding 

Crowds try to get a decent vantage point outside Windsor Castle this morning ahead of this year's second royal wedding 

Royal fans eager to see Eugenie have been arriving in Windsor over the past few days in order to get the best spot
Royal fans eager to see Eugenie have been arriving in Windsor over the past few days in order to get the best spot

Royal fans eager to see Eugenie have been arriving in Windsor over the past few days in order to get the best spot

Royal fans gather outside Windsor Castle early this morning in the hopes of getting a good view of today's proceedings
Royal fans gather outside Windsor Castle early this morning in the hopes of getting a good view of today's proceedings

Royal fans gather outside Windsor Castle early this morning in the hopes of getting a good view of today's proceedings

The couple have chosen a traditional marriage ceremony which features language such as 'thou' and 'thee' instead of 'you'
The couple have chosen a traditional marriage ceremony which features language such as 'thou' and 'thee' instead of 'you'

The couple have chosen a traditional marriage ceremony which features language such as 'thou' and 'thee' instead of 'you'

A camerawoman interviews a royal fan waiting for the second royal wedding of the year on the streets of Windsor today
A camerawoman interviews a royal fan waiting for the second royal wedding of the year on the streets of Windsor today

A camerawoman interviews a royal fan waiting for the second royal wedding of the year on the streets of Windsor today

Royal fans drape themselves in Union Jack flags as they hold a banner celebrating Jack and Eugenie's wedding today
Royal fans drape themselves in Union Jack flags as they hold a banner celebrating Jack and Eugenie's wedding today

Royal fans drape themselves in Union Jack flags as they hold a banner celebrating Jack and Eugenie's wedding today

Police search people in Windsor this morning ahead of the the royal wedding - which is the second one of the year
Police search people in Windsor this morning ahead of the the royal wedding - which is the second one of the year

Police search people in Windsor this morning ahead of the the royal wedding - which is the second one of the year

Sarah Kent of the Met Office said: 'The people trying to hold the train are going to have to be doing a good job if she's got a long one because the breeze will be catching it.'

Erdem is the favourite to have designed Eugenie's wedding dress, with other suggestions including Suzannah and Stella McCartney.

The Queen is hosting an afternoon reception afterwards in the castle, while an evening party is expected at the York family home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

About 1,200 members of the public have been given balloted invites to the castle's Lower Ward, as have charity representatives, children from Eugenie's old schools, and royal household staff.

Jack pays tribute to his 'bright shining light' Eugenie in TV interview as she describes him as 'so humble'

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (centre) were interviewed by ITV This Morning's  Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (centre) were interviewed by ITV This Morning's  Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank (centre) were interviewed by ITV This Morning's Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford

Jack Brooksbank has paid tribute to his future wife Princess Eugenie, calling her a 'bright shining light'.

The Queen's granddaughter returned the compliment and described her fiance as 'so humble and generous' during a television interview ahead of their wedding.

But Eugenie did reveal the moment she first saw Jack and the pair fell in love during a Swiss skiing trip.

She initially thought 'what a silly hat' Jack was wearing, but was 'all butterflies and nervous' when he came over to say hello, and later rang her mother that night to say she had met a new guy.

The couple were interviewed by husband and wife Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford from ITV's This Morning, who quizzed them about wedding jitters.

After Eugenie replied 'It's definitely creeping up on us now, the nerves' she went on to describe her first encounter with Jack while on the slopes at a friend' place in Verbier, Switzerland in 2010.

With her fiance beside her, the princess added: 'I thought, 'what a silly hat!' and I thought, 'who's that?' and then you came over and shook my hand and I was all butterflies and nervous.

'I think I rang my mum that night and said 'I've met this guy Jack'... and that was it I think about how it started.

'I remember being like 'I really, really like this guy, I really want him to like me too' and then you gave me this huge windscreen wiper wave and that was it, right, he likes me.'

The couple will wed on Friday at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel surrounded by the Queen other members of the royal family and famous faces including Robbie Williams with supermodel Cindy Crawford, David and Victoria Beckham, and George and Amal Clooney expected to be among the guests.

Jack has paid tribute to his future wife Eugenie, calling her a 'bright shining light' during the interview with Holmes and Langsford
Jack has paid tribute to his future wife Eugenie, calling her a 'bright shining light' during the interview with Holmes and Langsford

Jack has paid tribute to his future wife Eugenie, calling her a 'bright shining light' during the interview with Holmes and Langsford

Asked by Holmes to describe each other in three words, Jack said about his future wife: 'She's this bright shining light.'

Eugenie was not so succinct and replied: 'Jack's the kind of guy, you know when you're lost at a party and you can't find anyone to talk to, and you start panicking and you need help? He'll walk in and make everyone feel so special.

'He'll scoop you up and talk to you and make you feel a million dollars... you're so humble and generous. So humble and generous - that's two words...'

The princess went on to say her 'big sissy' Princess Beatrice was someone 'I've looked up to her whole life' and that she's the biggest supporter of 'team Eug and Jack.'

The Queen's granddaughter described her fiance as 'so humble and generous' during the television interview ahead of their wedding
The Queen's granddaughter described her fiance as 'so humble and generous' during the television interview ahead of their wedding

The Queen's granddaughter described her fiance as 'so humble and generous' during the television interview ahead of their wedding

Asked about the moment she will walk down the aisle with her father the Duke of York, Eugenie replied: 'It's nerve-wracking and a bit scary and all the things that come with getting married, but at the end of the day you get to marry the person you love.'

In reference to Jack, she added: 'And you're going to be at the end of the aisle, and I'm going to be running towards you!'

Quizzed about whether his fiancee had become a 'bridezilla', Jack said no, adding: 'Eugenie has been amazing.

'She's been incredible, she has the ability to do a million things at once in her brain, including working as well as organising everything to do with the wedding.'

Watch the interview and live coverage of the wedding on This Morning At The Royal Wedding at 9.25am on ITV.

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