Photos: Fergie & Prince Andrew announce daughter #PrincessEugenie is engaged to ex-barman BF

January 22, 2018 6:31 pm

After Princess Eugenie’s engagement news was revealed to the world by her thrilled parents, official portraits of the happy couple were released to mark the occasion – and offer that all-important first glimpse of the bride-to-be’s ring.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace in London after they announced their engagement. The Princess opted for an Erdem dress and Jimmy Choo shoes

The 27-year-old Princess’ long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, 31, popped the question in Nicaragua earlier this month with the unusual ring; a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

The sparkler bears a striking similarity to the one Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, was presented with by her ex-husband Prince Andrew, when they became engaged back in 1986 – although Fergie’s ring was set with a pink Burma ruby. 
Eugenie and Jack are now set to exchange vows in the autumn at Windsor Castle – in the same chapel that will play host to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s nuptials in May.
But unlike Harry and Meghan, who enlisted celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirski – who has snapped everyone from Julia Roberts to Angelina Jolie – to take their enagement photos, the couple plumped for a more down-to-earth option in the form of Press Association photographer Jonathan Brady. 
Eugenie showed off her thrifty side by recycling a floral dress by Erdem she previously wore for a photo shoot with Harper’s Bazaar in 2016, teamed with Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Her padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds is not unlike the Duchess of Cambridge's ring in style, which once belonged to Princess Diana
As befitting a modern bride, Eugenie's engagement brand ticks the trend for engagement rings with coloured stones
Fergie could not contain her excitement over the happy news, tweeting an image of her daughter and future son-in-law with heartfelt words 
Fergie shared a range of candid snaps of her daughter and future-son-in law, declaring that their 'love and laughter' keep them afloat 
Perhaps hinting at her own role in steering the couple to happiness, Fergie said that everyone needs 'a solid rock' to guide them to their destination 
Buckingham Palace announced the happy news on Twitter this morning 
Fans were quick to congratulate the happy couple as the news was announced on Twitter

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