Although it was Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding, Sarah Ferguson also had a big day. Besides being the talk of the internet for her golden snitch-like hat and hilarious antics before the ceremony, Sarah got to be seated with the Windsors in church.
After Meghan Markle's mom Doria Ragland sat alone (and not with the royal family) during Meghan and Harry's wedding earlier this year, many were wondering where Sarah would sit. After all, Fergie has been involved in a lot of scandal over the years, and hasn't always been on the best terms with Her Majesty.
But the Duchess of York sat between her daughter, Princess Beatrice, and ex-husband, Prince Andrew in the front row on the right-hand side of St. George's Chapel. Sitting behind her (from left to right) was Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles (minus Camilla), Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Princess Anne:
This isn't a slight to Meghan's mom—royal expert Alastair Bruce told Town and Country earlier this year that the bride and groom actually decide where people will sit. We imagine since Fergie was once officially a royal and is part of the bride's side of the family (as the royals are), it makes total sense.
However, during Harry and Meghan's wedding, Fergie was no where near her two daughters or her ex husband, all of who were seated in the front row. So today was quite a significant gesture, but we don't expect to see Fergie there again anytime soon.
And when it comes to seating arrangements, we learned a little tidbit from royal commentators Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford! The duo noted on their live broadcast on TLC that Her Majesty opts to sit in the second row because it's actually much more comfortable.
They went on to explain that the front seats in St. George's Chapel are allegedly more "ornately carved," making them tougher to sit on. The second, row, by contrast, has chairs that are much "smoother," which explains why the Queen and Philip would want to sit there instead. They also chose to go with the second row for Meghan and Harry's wedding.
So this also explains why Fergie was front and center!