Princess Eugenie Chose Not to Change Into a Second Dress for Her Reception

She loved her Peter Pilotto wedding gown too much.

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Earlier Friday, Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle of St. George's Chapel (opens in new tab) in a beautiful, Peter Pilotto wedding dress. She said her "I do" to Jack Brooksbank (opens in new tab) in front of 800-plus guests, including the royal family and celebrity friends like Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore. She looked beautiful in her designer gown and Emerald Greville tiara (opens in new tab) (loaned to her by her grandmother Queen Elizabeth). She also wore a pair of earrings that were a wedding gift from Brooksbank.

As she left the church in a carriage, everyone, including myself, wondered what she would wear to the reception. MarieClaire.com's exclusive royal wedding expert and bridal designer Caroline Castigliano (opens in new tab) had predicted that the princess wouldn't change into a new look (opens in new tab) and though I doubted this for a hot second, it turns out, Castigliano was right! Princess Eugenie was spotted leaving Windsor Castle for the Royal Lodge, where she's having the reception, still in her wedding dress and tiara. She could very well change at the venue into a look we can't see, but it appears the princess has chosen to stay in her bridal dress for the nighttime festivities.

This isn't unusual since many brides wear their gowns to the reception, but this choice was definitely different from what Meghan Markle did. Back in May, she opted to switch out of her Givenchy gown (opens in new tab) and into a halter-neck Stella McCartney dress (opens in new tab). In Princess Eugenie's case, it was refreshing to see a royal not fuss over her second look.

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Princess Eugenie Of York Marries Mr. Jack Brooksbank

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Princess Eugenie Of York Marries Mr. Jack Brooksbank

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Princess Eugenie Of York Marries Mr. Jack Brooksbank

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"I think Eugenie was in love with her dress and wanted to spend as much time as possible wearing it," Castigliano added. "Tomorrow, there will be a second reception at her parents house, so I'm sure that is where we will see a second dress!"

The royal got into an Aston Martin DB10 (apparently, it was designed and engineered in the UK and made for the James Bond film Spectre), but barely because her gown was so voluminous, and drove to the lodge in Windsor, where she will party away.

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The space has been the York family's home since 2004 and according to Express (opens in new tab), was originally built in 1662, but "was mostly demolished and then rebuilt in the 1830s." It makes sense Eugenie wanted to have her reception at a place close to her heart—her father Prince Andrew (opens in new tab), the Duke of York, still lives there and her mother Sarah Ferguson occasionally stays at the lodge when she's in town.

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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.