The maid of honour is one of the people the bride relies on most during her big day, but at yesterday’s royal wedding it seemed that Princess Beatrice was rather absent from her important role.
Throughout the day Beatrice seemed to rather neglect her role and was frequently by the side of her mother, rather than Princess Eugenie, with duties such as fixing the bride’s dress before she walked down the aisle left up to Prince Andrew and the best man.
While previous maids of honour at other royal weddings have also taken charge of the bridesmaids and page boys, this task was left to 14-year-old Lady Louise Windsor who struggled up the steps of the chapel in heavy winds.
There was an opportunity for Beatrice to assist her sister again as she climbed into the carriage for a 15-minute procession around Windsor, but again she stepped back and let her father adjust the elaborate train on the bride’s dress.
However, rather than shirking her duty Eugenie may have tasked her sister with looking after their mother Fergie who is single and would have had to walk into the chapel on her own, upon arrival.
Her relationship with some members of the royal family including Prince Charles and Prince Philip is said to be strained, and moral support for Fergie may have been more pressing than adjusting the bride’s dress.
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Prince Andrew and another wedding guest were left to help Eugenie with the train of her dress outside the chapel
Lady Louise (centre) was trying to help the children into the chapel, a role which is usually reserved for the maid of honour
Beatrice (right) arrived at the chapel with her mother (left) before heading inside, without thinking about how Eugenie may need help with the long train of her dress
Beatrice waved to the crowd (left) before her and her mother (right) sat down to take their seats inside of the chapel
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Not a car in the world: Beatrice looks relaxed, unaware that sister Eugenie is outside struggling with the train of her dress
At the start of the day Beatrice and her mother walked into the church smiling and waving at crowds, without a care in the world of how Eugenie would get up the steps to the chapel or how the rest of the bridal party were going to get into the church.
Lady Louise was seen taking a hands of role with the bridesmaids and pageboys as she tried to help them up the stairs as the wind knocked a few of the children over.
The teenager certainly had her hands full as she had to scoop the children up of the ground and escort them into St George’s chapel.
Eugenie was left to fend for herself on several occasions throughout the day, and her father Prince Andrew and new husband Jack Brooksbank had to help her navigate her dress in and out of vehicles.
She also traveled in the car with the bridesmaids and pageboys before and after the ceremony
The two made sure the train of the dress was laid out perfectly before continuing to help Eugenie up the steps
As Eugenie entered the chapel the pair were once again on hand to make sure her dress was arranged correctly for her walk down the aisle
Whilst Beatrice was sat safely inside chatting to her mother and other wedding guests, Eugenie arrived at the chapel, only to have no maid of honour to help arrange the train of her dress.
This was left down to Prince Andrew and another wedding guest to help arrange the train of the custom made Peter Pilotto dress.
The pair did a splendid job of helping the train flow down the steps and Eugenie glided up the chapel, before the pair then had to once again help her with the train at the entrance.
Despite note performing duties outside of the church, Beatrice did make a touching speech with a except from the Great Gatsby.
The eight in line to the throne said: ‘It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.
Beatrice managed to fulfill some of her duties and read a speech during the ceremony
‘It faced – or seemed to face – the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour.
‘It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.
‘Precisely at that point it vanished—and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Sometime before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.’
The touching tribute seemed to go down well with Eugenie who smiled at her beloved Jack whilst the speech was being read.
Following the ceremony Eugenie was once again left to fend for herself when she had to get into the royal carriage
Beatrice was seen looking the other way as her sister and Jack got into the carriage ahead of the procession
Following the ceremony Eugenie then had to proceed to the royal carriage to partake in the procession around the grounds of Windsor.
It was again down to the father of the bride to assist Eugenie in getting into the carriage as Beatrice was nowhere to be seen.
However, it seemed as through Beatrice stepped up towards the end of the day and finally realised her royal duties as she held Eugenie’s train as she clambered into to the Aston Martin which was waiting for her outside Windsor castle.
Beatrice held the train of the dress for Eugenie as she walked to the Aston Martin car
Beatrice was clearly finding it difficult to navigate the train and can be seen holding onto it loosely
New husband Jack then had to step in and help his wife get into the car as Beatrice was unable to navigate the train alone
Meghan Markle shunned tradition by not having a maid of honour or adult bridesmaids.
But the mothers of the children she’d appointed as bridesmaids and page boys were on hand to lead them into St George’s Chapel, while assistants from Givenchy made sure her gown was perfect.
Kate Middleton had her trusty sister Pippa by her side the whole day when she married in 2011.
Pippa seemed to take the role extremely seriously and was pictured throughout the day looking after the bridal party, the bridesmaids and page boys and of course making sure her sister Kate looked beautiful.
Pippa fulfilled her maid of honour duties to the tee – and continuously rearrange Kate’s train, held it down the aisle and after the wedding continued to shepherd the bridesmaids and pages boys.
Pippa Middleton led the bridesmaids and pageboys at her sister Kate’s wedding to Prince William
Pippa Middleton was on hand throughout the day for Kate and helped with the bridesmaids (right) as well as holding Kate’s train as she entered the church