Just as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s wedding broke several royal traditions, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank‘s wedding is also likely to feature several surprises.
On October 12, Princess Eugenie will marry her fiancé in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the very same venue at which Harry and Meghan’s wedding took place in May. But it’s already clear that Eugenie’s wedding will differ immensely from her cousin’s.
From the maid of honor to the second-day evening party, Princess Eugenie and Brooksbank are making their nuptials their own. Here are all of the ways that Princess Eugenie’s wedding will break royal tradition.
Princess Eugenie could post her own Instagram photos from the wedding.
While Meghan and Harry don’t have personal Instagram accounts, Eugenie regularly uses social media. This could mean that in the days after her wedding, the royal will post her own photos from the big day on her Instagram account.
The royal family’s official Instagram accounts posted photos of Meghan and Harry’s nuptials, but as Eugenie’s not a working member of the royal family, she isn’t bound by the same social media rules as her cousin. Plus, her mother, Sarah Ferguson, also has a public Instagram account, and she often shares photos of her two daughters. It’s definitely possible we’ll see some behind-the-scenes shots.
The second-day party will be very informal.
While Harry and Meghan kept the celebrations confined to their wedding day, Princess Eugenie is having another party the day after her wedding. According to The Telegraph, they’re throwing a huge party the Saturday night (October 13) after their wedding, with a source revealing the event will include “dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, bloody Marys for the hangovers and a festival vibe.”
The laid-back nature of the second day party reflects Eugenie’s less formal role within the royal family, and the fact that Brooksbank won’t receive a title following his marriage.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding day won’t be a Bank Holiday.
Despite taking place on a work day, Princess Eugenie’s wedding won’t be a creating a new vacation day for people in the United Kingdom. Business Insider reports that because Eugenie is further down the line of succession to the throne, her wedding won’t be marked on the calendar the way Prince William and Kate Middleton’s was.
When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29, 2011 (a Friday), it became a national holiday and everyone got the day off. As Harry and Meghan married on a Saturday, it wasn’t possible to grant a Bank Holiday. And while Eugenie’s Friday wedding could’ve created a new holiday, it wasn’t deemed necessary, thus bucking a royal tradition.
She’s having a maid of honour.
Even though Meghan did not have a maid of honour for her wedding, Princess Eugenie has already revealed that her sister, Princess Beatrice, will serve in the role at her wedding. The role is less common in British weddings, although Kate Middleton had sister Pippa serve as her maid of honour at her 2011 nuptials. Unsurprisingly, Eugenie has also chosen to keep her maid-of-honour selection in the family.
The wedding won’t be broadcast by the BBC.
The BBC has a strong relationship with the royal family, so it seemed obvious the network would broadcast Eugenie’s wedding. However, it’s since been revealed that the network declined to show the nuptials. Instead, rival network ITV will be screening the wedding in the UK.
It’s a bold move for the BBC to pass on the event, since it even broadcast Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding blessing in 2005. Rumours are swirling that the BBC doesn’t believe Eugenie’s wedding will bring in high enough viewing figures.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.