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Princess Eugenie gets married, and British Gripe over the tax bill



LONDON – What a difference a royal wedding makes.

In May, a grandchild of the Queen of England married a commoner at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle as thousands of well-wishers gathered in the city and world news media provided breathless coverage from wall to wall.

On Friday, five months after this hugely popular wedding – by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – a much windier and less celebrated royal ceremony took place at St. George's Chapel: the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

This time, a majority of Britons said they would not engage, according to a poll, and legions would go into social media to argue over tax legislation.

The two weddings, though anchored in the same castle, clearly differed from the higher star power of the guests in May to the reduced media coverage of the wedding on Friday.

The Union of Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne, and Ms. Markle, an American actress who is two races, divorced and a self-described feminist, was regarded as the beginning of a new era: one more comprehensive monarchy.

Princess Eugenie, 28, is ninth on the British throne and an associate director of the Hauser and Wirth art galleries in London. She is the daughter of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York; and Sarah Ferguson. Mr. Brooksbank, 32, is a brand ambassador for Casamigo's tequila co-founded by actor George Clooney.

"It was love at first sight," Eugenie told British broadcaster ITV about meeting with Mr. Brooksbank. 19659005] But that love was apparently not shared by the British public on Friday.

While millions of people watched the royal wedding in May, according to the BBC, the British broadcaster decided not to fully show Eugenie's wedding, even though ITV failed. At least 84 percent of the British said they would "probably" or "definitely" not agree, one government said this month.

Among the 850 guests on Friday were the models Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne ( in a chic pantsuit and top hat) ; the singer Robbie Williams; the actor Demi Moore; the comedian and author Stephen Fry; and, of course, Queen Elizabeth; Prince Philip; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and Harry and Mrs. Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Princess Eugenie, who had surgery to correct scoliosis when she was 12, wore a gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos that allowed her to show her scar. "I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars, and I think it's really special to stand up for it," she told ITV before the wedding.

The dean of Windsor, David Conner, made the vows. Princess Eugenie's sister, Princess Beatrice, read an excerpt from Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby, which called a passage reminding her of her fiancé's "rare" smile. For some, that did not even go down well.

A journalist, Ned Donovan, wrote on Twitter : "I have the impression that the princesses may not have read the Great Gatsby at all, just read a passage about the chagrin of a cheater who is cheating on you will be. "

Twitter was also full of criticism about the cost of the affair. While the royal family paid for such insignia as the flowers, the gown, and the party, a substantial security for the event was required as the couple decided to make a carriage procession through Windsor.

This security was provided by the Thames Valley Police – and paid with taxpayers' money. The exact cost was not immediately released, but news reports estimated it at two million pounds, or about $ 2.6 million.

"Princess Eugenie is getting married today", Hasan Patel wrote on Twitter . "I hope she has a great time knowing that millions of pounds of taxpayers' money are spent on her special day while school kids go hungry and rough sleepers die on the streets."

Others said the cost showed deafness to a period of austerity in the UK

"Meanwhile, homelessness and the use of food has risen sharply," wrote Shahil Parmar on Twitter . "What a joke."

Nearly 47,000 people signed a Republic Republic petition calling for the abolition of the British monarchy in order not to make public money for the wedding and to release all taxpayer money.

"The Palace claims that the wedding is funded by the royal family but the royal funding blurs the line between private income and public money," Republic wrote in a statement. "So, whether it's the cost of police work paid directly by us or the cost of the wedding ceremony paid for by the royals, the taxpayer still pays."

But it was not all in social media. Eugenie's decision to show her scars was praised.

"It's so nice to see that Eugenie chose her wedding dress to reveal her scar from her scoliosis surgery," wrote a Twitter user named Harmony . "I love the mindset that it's a badge of honor that shows what she's been through and encourages others to do the same and not be ashamed of surgical scars."

After Andrea Bocelli's soaring rendition of "Ave Maria," the couple was pronounced husband and wife, and the newlyweds set out through the streets of Windsor.

Follow Iliana Magra on Twitter: @magraki .


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