The second royal wedding of the year took place on Friday, but there were two members of the royal family noticeably absent when Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank — Prince Louis and Camilla Parker Bowles. So, why were the two royals not at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the ceremony and reception?
Prince Louis is just five months old and not ready for such a big event. So, he stayed home in the care of one of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal staff members. But, it probably wasn’t nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo because she usually helps with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who stole the show Friday as members of the bridal party.
According to People Magazine, Louis has only made one public appearance since his birth. Photographers captured images of the newest royal with his mom back in July at his christening. Chances are, the next time we will get a glimpse of the young Prince will be when he turns six months old.
It is possible that William and Kate will release a new portrait of him at that time like they did when Princess Charlotte hit that age in 2015.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are becoming wedding party professionals. They have already been the page boy and bridesmaid in four weddings. In addition to walking down the aisle with Eugenie, they also had the same roles at Pippa Middleton’s wedding last year, as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May and Sophie Carter’s nuptials in September.
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have today released official photographs from their Wedding Day. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were Page Boy and Bridesmaid respectively for the ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Front row (left to right): Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Savannah Phillips; Miss Maud Windsor. Back row (left to right): Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Isla Phillips; Master Louis De Givenchy. Photo: Alex Bramall
As for the Duchess of Cornwall, she wasn’t able to attend Princess Eugenie’s wedding because she had already committed to multiple engagements in Scotland with school-age children.
“Turns out Camilla is carrying out 2 engagements with a number of children on Friday 12th, Eugenie’s wedding day,” royal commentator Victoria Arbiter wrote on Twitter. “This stuff is not as easy to reschedule as you might think.”
An anonymous source says that the Yorks were upset that Camilla couldn’t attend Eugenie’s wedding. However, a spokesperson for Bowles says that there is no ill will between the future Queen Consort and Sarah Ferguson, the mother of the bride.
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In this second photograph released by Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are pictured with other Members of the Royal Family including The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Middle row (left-to-right): Prince George; Princess Charlotte; Her Majesty The Queen; The Duke of Edinburgh; Miss Maud Windsor; Master Louis De Givenchy. Front row: Miss Theodora Williams; Miss Mia Tindall; Miss Isla Phillips; Miss Savannah Phillips. Back row (left to right): Mr Thomas Brooksbank; Mrs Nicola Brooksbank; Mr George Brooksbank; Princess Beatrice of York; Sarah, Duchess of York; The Duke of York. Photo: Alex Bramall
The royal spokesperson said that Bowles and Ferguson get along very well, and there is no issue. Ferguson and her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, have known for a long time that Bowles had a schedule conflict.
Arbiter explained that duty comes first the royals, and when there is a pre-existing conflict, they must honor their commitments. She says it may seem odd for Camilla Parker Bowles to miss Princess Eugenie’s wedding, but there is no malice or ill-feeling. She had already committed to attending a school event, and duty comes first.