There’s another royal wedding in the works for 2018! On Monday, January 22, it was announced that Princess Eugenie is engaged to her longtime love Jack Brooksbank. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement that read: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place in the autumn of 2018 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.”
VIEW GALLERY Princess Eugenie is engaged to Jack Brooksbank Photo: Getty Images
Eugenie’s father Prince Andrew also shared the news via Twitter. Following the news, official photographs of Eugenie and her fiancé, taken by photographer Jonathan Brady, were released by Buckingham Palace to mark the couple's engagement. One picture sees the happy couple embrace, with the 27-year-old royal proudly showing off her dazzling engagement ring while wearing a dress by Erdem and Jimmy Choo shoes. The beautiful ring contains a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. pic.twitter.com/ct45JvDfbq— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 22, 2018
The pair have been together for over six years, after meeting during a ski break in Verbier, Switzerland. Their relationship has been solid, even surviving as a long-distance couple when Eugenie, 27, moved to Manhattan to work for an online auction house. She and Jack were still "very much together" despite the 3,000 plus miles between them.
Eugenie has recently moved into Ivy Cottage, a three-bedroom apartment in the grounds of Kensington Palace where she is neighbors with her cousins Prince Harry and Prince William. Jack was not expected to officially join Eugenie at the apartment, but it's likely that the couple will move in with each other ahead of their wedding.
VIEW GALLERY Eugenie's ring contains a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds Photo: Jonathan Brady/ Getty Images
The world had a chance to meet Eugenie’s husband-to-be when the pair sat down for an interview that aired Monday night in the U.K. on BBC's The One Show. During the interview, Princess Beatrice’s little sister opened up about the “incredible” moment Jack proposed. "The lake was so beautiful, it was a special light and I even said 'this is an incredible moment' and then he popped the question, which was really surprising even though we had been together seven years," she said. "It was the perfect moment because we knew it was going to end up this way. I was over the moon, crying."
Matt Baker talks dresses, rings and wedding plans with Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. 😍 😍 pic.twitter.com/Tuf1CHmY9F— BBC The One Show (@BBCTheOneShow) January 22, 2018
Eugenie also recalled the moment she met Jack saying: "We met when I was 20 and Jack was 24, and fell in love. We both had the same passions and drive for life. It's so nice that we get to share this moment with everyone – and you get to meet Jack!"
In the summer of 2016, reports claimed that nightclub manager was planning to propose to his royal girlfriend by the end of the year, and that they would marry in 2017. However a spokesperson for Eugenie's mom, Sarah Ferguson, denied the claims saying: "The story is not true." Jack is very close to Eugenie's parents and is often pictured in their company. He has also been introduced to Queen Elizabeth."
VIEW GALLERY The Princess and her fiancé are set to say 'I do' in the fall of 2018 Photo: Jonathan Brady/ Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth is witnessing quite a few landmark occasions in her grandchildrens' lives. Zara Tindall and husband Mike Tindall announced this month that they are expecting their second child, while Prince William and wife Duchess Kate will become parents-of-three this spring. And of course, Prince Harry and his fiancé Meghan Markle are set to wed in May in the same chapel as Eugenie and Jack.