'She is the one light of my life': Princess Eugenie's father Andres makes guests cry with touching speech at wedding reception
Prince Andrew related stories from Princess Eugenie's childhood in a heartfelt speech at the reception before welcoming her husband Jack Brooksbank with a hug
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was a proud father at the wedding of his younger daughter Princess Eugenie as he welcomed Jack Brooksbank into the family by giving him a tight hug and making the guests cry with an emotional speech.
As a supportive father, he began his duties by walking Eugenie down the aisle. "It's a very small role, I just have to walk slowly. I haven't been the father of a bride so I don't know what to expect, but I'm looking forward to it," he said in an interview. "I'll have to walk on the left of the carpet to make sure that she can get enough room. That's a lesson I got from my wedding. My father-in-law walked down the middle so Sarah said 'Get over to the other side.'"
The Duke of York also helped arrange the long train of his daughter's dress before guiding her through St. George's Chapel. Following the ceremony and the couple's carriage ride through Windsor, the Queen hosted wedding guests for a daytime party at Windsor Castle where the wedding cake was served and family members gave speeches.
Hello reports that Andrew gave a charming and funny speech that related Princess Eugenie's childhood stories and current events. He moved the crowd to tears, apparently, when he approached the groom in person. "The one thing that made me cry was the Duke," the guest said, "when he said he was going to do something he's never done before; he went over to his new son-in-law and hugged him. He isn't a very tactile person."
The same publication reported that Jack gave a touching speech in which he opened up about his feelings for his new bride. "For a young man of 32 to be that open about his emotions was quite affecting," said Anthony Wallersteiner, who has a connection to both the bride and the groom.
Wallersteiner was Jack's headmaster at the Stowe school and is now chair of Street Child, the charity with which both the Duchess of York and her two daughters are heavily involved.
"He talked about how she is the one light of his life. She makes him complete and he can't imagine spending a day apart. Everyone cried—Eugenie's eyes went moist too. I mean she wasn't sobbing. It was just lovely, sweet, short and modern."
The funny part of the event was when Jack got up on a chair and a wedding guest reminded him he was in the Queen's house. "Someone yelled over that he should get off the chair, so then he jumped back down again," Hello reported.