Zac Posen Shares Never-Before-Seen Photo of Princess Eugenie in Her Wedding Reception Gown

A handout image made available by the Press Association shows Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, October 12, 2018. (Credit: Photo by Alex Bramall/PA WIRE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Zac Posen shared the most stunning behind-the-scenes photo of Princess Eugenie in honor of her 29th birthday—and we can’t stop swooning.

The American designer, who was called upon to create a vintage Hollywood gown for the royal’s evening wedding reception, shared the photo on Sunday, March 24, wishing Eugenie a happy birthday and offering up some sweet words for the princess’s special day.

“Every now and then you meet somebody who just knocks your socks off,” Posen captioned the photo, in which he kneels on one knee to reveal the length of Eugenie’s salmon-hued silk train. “This last year I got to know a young lady who possessed natural elegance, a heart of gold and sophisticated humor. My studio and I had the honor (and the best time) collaborating with her on her special gown. Best of all she is dedicated to using her privilege to help our world and its people with her project @the_anti_slavery_collective. Happy birthday!”

In the image, Eugenie, who turned 29 on Saturday, looks back over her shoulder with her hands clasped at her waist in a pose reminiscent of a Hollywood starlet. The young royal has, in fact, spoken out before about how Hollywood icon Grace Kelly acted as her inspiration for the gown.

“I wanted something reminiscent of Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief so I showed that for reference and Zac came up with this silk that he’d found from Manchester,” she says in a voiceover she recorded as part of an exhibition about her wedding, set to debut this fall. “Every single draping effect, every single detail, every button, it’s all painstakingly done by him and his team.”

Eugenie also posted a photo of herself in the reception gown Sunday, though her alternative included husband Jack Brooksbank. “My 28th year was the best one yet,” she captioned the shot. “Now to being 29 … Thank you for all the birthday wishes.”


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My 28th year was the best one yet. Now to being 29…Thank you for all the birthday wishes.

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Eugenie and Brooksbank, 29, married in a star-studded wedding ceremony on October 12, 2018, with a guest list that included everyone from James Blunt to Liv Tyler, as well as supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevigne.

For the ceremony, the bride wore a form-fitting, off-the-shoulder Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos gown with a low back that intentionally revealed her scar. She completed the look with the Grevile Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which she borrowed from the queen.

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