The tiniest details can speak volumes. Buckingham Palace’s Royal Collection Shop has revealed Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s official joint monogram in a collection of commemorative china ahead of the couple’s October 12 wedding.
Eagle-eyed fans of the royal family noticed a detail slightly different detail about Eugenie and Jack’s monogram, which differs from other royal couples’ monograms. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s joint monogram, for example, is an intertwined “H” and “M” with the symbolic coronet up top. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Catherine (Kate) Middleton’s dual monogram also includes the coronet (along with other details like four fleurs-de-lys, two strawberry leaves and the two crosses pattee.
Eugenie and Jack’s joint cipher, however, lacks the coronet design, seemingly confirming that Brooksbank will not be receiving a royal title like Markle, who was bestowed the “Duchess of Sussex” monicker on her wedding day. Princess Eugenie’s monogram without Brooksbank, though, features a crown above her initial, unlike the Casamigos brand ambassador’s individual “J” which lacks the royal symbol.
Still, the design on the china is truly exquisite and thoughtful. “The garlands of ivy are woven with traditional English wild bluebells, forget-me-nots and the white rose of York,” the website reads. of course, the white rose of York is representative of Eugenie’s family name (her father, Prince Andrew, is the Duke of York), while the garlands of ivy nod to the couple’s home, Ivy Cottage, in Kensington Palace.
The topic of Brooksbank likely not receiving a royal title is no surprise–at least in regards to tradition in the British monarchy. In the past decades, the husbands of royals have not received titles from Queen Elizabeth II, a pattern seen since the 1960s. Prince Andrew even addressed the situation amid reports in 2016 that he had supposedly tried to reverse protocol.
“As a father, my wish for my daughters is for them is to be modern working young women, who happen to be Members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building their careers,” the Duke of York expressed at the time. “When they do support the Royal Family in its work this is very much appreciated by my Family and most importantly by those organizations and to those for whom their participation makes such a difference to their lives. Whilst I appreciate, as Granddaughters of The Queen, there is considerable interest in my daughters, I cannot continue to stand by and have the media speculate on their futures based on my purported interventions, which are completely made up and an invention.”
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