Crock shock: groom left off royal wedding china
Princess Eugenie is there, but where is the groom? Tea and tequila don't mix at Windsor Castle, it seems
When the Royal Collection Trust announced it had produced a range of official commemorative china to celebrate the marriage of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, fans were understandably excited. There was just one problem, they discovered: the apparent absence of the groom.
Promotional material announcing the new decorative china showed a coaster, pillbox and tankard each displaying the letter E for Eugenie, with the royal coronet above it. A tea towel has the same emblem, along with a tube of “handbag shortbread” for fans to enjoy as they visit Windsor to see the royal wedding carriage procession.
Featuring a design centred on the princess’ coronet, it includes garlands of ivy to represent their home of Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace, along with English wild bluebells, forget-me-nots and the white rose of York.
Only closer inspection reveals the participation of Brooksbank in his wedding, with an entwined monogram on a teacup and an ornate J on the other side of the tankard. Gold writing inside reads: “Celebrating the marriage of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank.”
The commemorative china for the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex featured their initials – C and W, and H and M – intertwined under a coronet. But while Princess Eugenie, who is not classed as a “working royal” and has a job independent of the family, is entitled to use a coronet, Brooksbank, as a man marrying a female member of the royal family, is not.
The groom-to-be works for a tequila company and has recently been promoted to “Casamigos European brand manager”.
Produced by the Royal Collection Trust, each item in the commemorative range is made in Stoke-on-Trent, with profits going to the charity. Prices range from £2.95 for shortbread and £9.95 for a tea towel, to £39 for the tankard.
While the wedding itself will be paid for by the couple’s family, security costs, which fall to the public, have reportedly reached £2m.
• The wedding takes place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on October 12.
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