2018 is really shaping up to be a banger for the British royal family.
Not only will friends and family have to buy a wedding gift for Prince Harry and his future bride, American actress Meghan Markle, but they’ll also need to pick up a baby gift for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. Oh, and now, they’ll also have to check something off of Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank’s wish list as the pair has announced their official wedding date: Oct. 12, 2018.
“The marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie to Mr Jack Brooksbank will take place on 12th October 2018,” The Duke of York, Eugenie’s father, tweeted. “As previously announced, the wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.”
If the location sounds familiar, that's because it is. Prince Harry and Meghan will also wed at St. George’s Chapel, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle. That means guests overlapping at both weddings will head to the same exact wedding venue twice in one year.
Though their weddings may be at the same location, it seems like Prince Harry and his cousin Eugenie’s engagements couldn’t have been more different. While Eugenie and Jack got engaged in early January during a trip to Nicaragua, Harry popped the question at home over roast chicken.
Moreover, while Harry and Meghan dated for a little more than a year, Eugenie and Jack have been together for nearly a decade.
"We met when I was 20 and Jack was 24 and fell in love,” Eugenie said at her public engagement announcement. "We have the same passions and drive for life." Jack added, "I love Eugenie so much and we are just so happy and over the moon for what is to come.”
One thing the couples have in common beyond a venue is the inspiration behind their engagement rings. The ring Harry presented Meghan came with two diamonds from Princess Diana’s private collection, while the ring Jack presented Eugenie, a pink padparadscha sapphire, is reportedly inspired by her mother’s own engagement ring.