'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


                            'She is the one light of my life': Princess Eugenie's father Andres makes guests cry with touching speech at wedding reception

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.'"

Princess Eugenie of York receives help with her train from her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York as she arrives to her wedding to Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Princess Eugenie of York receives help with her train from her father Prince Andrew, Duke of York as she arrives to her wedding to Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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."

Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (right) stands next to his daughter Princess Eugenie and her groom Jack Brooksbank during their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.
Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (right) stands next to his daughter Princess Eugenie and her groom Jack Brooksbank during their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England.

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.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank helped by Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew leave Windsor Castle in an Aston Martin DB10 after their wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge on October 12, 2018 in Windsor (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank helped by Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew leave Windsor Castle in an Aston Martin DB10 after their wedding for an evening reception at Royal Lodge on October 12, 2018 in Windsor (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)