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Princess Eugenie to marry Jack Brooksbank: Buckingham Palace announces engagement

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Princess Eugenie is to marry Jack Brooksbank, her long-term boyfriend – at the same wedding venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Buckingham Palace announced on Monday morning that the Queen’s granddaughter became engaged to Mr Brooksbank in Nicaragua earlier this month.

Princess Eugenie’s parents, the Duke of York and his former wife Sarah Duchess of York, were “delighted” to announce the engagement.

Princess Eugenie to marry long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank this Autumn © PA Princess Eugenie to marry long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank this Autumn

The wedding will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this autumn. It is the same venue that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed on Saturday, May 19.

Princess Eugenie, 27, and 31-year-old Mr Brooksbank, a nightclub manager, began dating in 2011 after they met while skiing in the Swiss resort of Verbier.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank.

Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brooksbank arrive at St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire © PA Princess Eugenie and and her partner Jack Brooksbank arrive at St Mark’s church in Englefield, Berkshire

“Her Royal Highness and Mr Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month.

“The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.”

File photo dated 25/12/16 of Princess Eugenie © PA File photo dated 25/12/16 of Princess Eugenie

Mr Brooksbank, the Stowe-educated socialite, is a former manager of Mahiki, the Mayfair nightspot that is a favourite among the rich and famous – including Princes William and Harry.

His parents, Nicola and George Brooksbank, spoke of their joy about the couple announcing their plans to wed.

Princess Beatrice (left), Princess Eugenie and their father, the Duke of York (right) © PA Princess Beatrice (left), Princess Eugenie and their father, the Duke of York (right)

They said in a brief statement: “We could not be more delighted with the news of the engagement.

“We are completely over the moon and are very excited for them both.”

St George’s Chapel, Royal wedding venue since 1863

File photo dated 04/04/08 of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire © PA File photo dated 04/04/08 of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire

St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle, has a capacity for 800 guests and has been a venue for Royal weddings since the future King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

More recently, Prince Harry’s uncle Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, married Sophie Rhys-Jones – now the Countess of Wessex – there in 1999.

Undated file picture of the interior of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle © PA Undated file picture of the interior of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

Peter Phillips, son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, married Autumn Kelly in the chapel in 2008.

The Prince of Wales also celebrated his marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall there in 2005 with a service of dedication and prayer led by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

File photo dated 09/04/05 of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leaving St George's Chapel in Windsor © PA File photo dated 09/04/05 of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor

Tucked away in Windsor Castle, it is more low-key venue than central London alternatives Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, or St Paul’s Cathedral, the choice of Harry’s parents Prince Charles and Diana.

While its original building dates back to the 13th century, the chapel as seen today began with King Edward IV in 1483

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