Princess Eugenie gave her grandmother a sweet reason to smile. The 27-year-old, whose engagement was announced on Monday, January 22,, revealed that her grandmother Queen Elizabeth was one of the first people to hear the news about her upcoming nuptials to Jack Brooksbank.
"Granny actually knew right at the very beginning, she was one of the few people who knew," the Princess said during an interview with BBC's The One Show. "She was very happy, as was my Grandfather." Jack added: "It was very, very nice that she was so happy for us."
VIEW GALLERY Eugenie revealed that her grandmother was one of the first people to know about her engagement Photo: Getty Images
Eugenie, who was dressed in a floral dress by Erdem and Jimmy Choo shoes for the interview, shared more details about the “incredible moment” when her love asked her to be his wife during a vacation in Nicaragua earlier this year. "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. It was the perfect moment because we knew it was going to end up this way," she said. "I was over the moon, crying."
Proud father-of-the-bride Prince Andrew was first to announce the engagement news, with Buckingham Palace also releasing 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 Jack 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 Jack and Eugenie got engaged during a trip to Nicaragua Photo: Getty Images
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 royal proudly showing off her dazzling engagement ring. The beautiful ring contains a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
The pair have been together for seven years, after meeting during a ski break in Verbier, Switzerland. Their relationship has been solid, even surviving as a long-distance when Eugenie 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.
On the day their engagement was announced, Princess Eugenie and Mr. Jack Brooksbank talked about sharing their news with Her Majesty The Queen & The Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/upM8qYOdkX— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 23, 2018
Eugenie recently moved into Ivy Cottage, a three-bedroom apartment on 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.