Everyone loves a wedding, especially a royal one. Despite not receiving quite the level of coverage as her royal cousins, the recent wedding of Princess Eugenie of York (the Queen’s granddaughter) and Jack Brooksbank still had enough glitz and glamour to attract attention.
The lead-up to the wedding evoked increased interest in someone who has in some circles been dubbed as the ‘forgotten royal’. As ‘working royals’, both Princess Eugenie and her older sister, Princess Beatrice, have regular jobs and tend to stay out of the limelight as much as is possible for a member of the most famous family in the world. Princess Eugenie is currently the director of a London art gallery.
However, she also uses her position as a royal to help those less fortunate. Diagnosed with scoliosis as a child, the princess is now a patron of the European School of Osteopathy. She has also been a strong supporter of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where she was treated. They are just some of the charitable organisations that benefited from representation at her wedding.
The Teenage Cancer Trust was also notably highlighted, with Myrna Whiteson and Dr Adrian Whiteson, presidents of the trust, explaining to Vogue magazine that, “The princess has been a warm and dedicated patron of this charity, always sensitive to the needs of young people with cancer and eager to help and support them.”
Princess Eugenie has been a longstanding supporter of anti-slavery causes.
Princess Eugenie has been a longstanding supporter of anti-slavery causes and invited representatives from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, and Key to Freedom, to her wedding. Key to Freedom was founded by the York family and its products, made by the Women’s Interlink Foundation in West Bengal, such as a range of silk scarves, are sold in Britain—including one created to commemorate Princess Eugenie’s wedding day.
The Salvos also made the invitation list, with Norree Webb, a lifelong member of The Salvation Army, one of the attendees. Norree is known for volunteering in an anti-trafficking unit as a first responder, and is often one of the first faces victims encounter when they are rescued.
The princess’s relationship with the Salvos came about through her support of their anti-slavery work, and she has made a number of visits to Salvation Army safe houses—meeting with volunteers and survivors, and raising awareness and funds for the campaign against modern slavery.
It’s clear that Princess Eugenie doesn’t believe that happy endings are only for princesses, and is doing her part to try to make sure that organisations like the Salvos can continue to bring freedom and transform lives.