Prince Andrew Gives Heartfelt Speech At Princess Eugenie's Wedding

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Prince Andrew Brings Guests To Tears With Speech On Princess Eugenie's Wedding Day


Last Friday, the British monarchy added a new member to the royal family after Princess Eugenie tied the knot with Casamigos tequila's brand ambassador, Jack Brooksbank.

With hundreds of members of the public lining up on the streets of Windsor to see Eugenie and Brooksbank drive off in a horse drawn carriage, this royal couple's wedding was an affair to remember.

The 800 guests, including several high profile celebrities such as Demi Moore, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell, were invited to a luncheon reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and a stand-up reception in Waterloo Chamber and St. George's Hall respectively.

They were offered tasty finger food like mini bites of beef in Yorkshire pudding and little Scotch eggs, treated to Pol Roger champagne, and served Eugenie and Brooksbank's five-tier red velvet and chocolate wedding cake.

But while the food would certainly have been delicious, the most memorable moment involved a touching speech about the couple from none other than Eugenie's father Prince Andrew.

"I'm going to do something I've never done before."

Before Queen Elizabeth II's son delivered his unprepared but moving speech, Andrew broke royal protocol by wrapping his new son-in-law in a bear hug.

"I'm going to do something I've never done before," he said before he embraced Brooksbank, The Telegraph reports, adding that the sweet gesture brought the crowd to tears.

"The one thing that made me cry was the duke, when he said he was going to do something he's never done before; he went over to his new son-in-law and hugged him," a guest at the reception told HELLO!

"He also touched upon how the dynamics of their relationship work. He isn't a very tactile person."

"There was emotion from both sides of the family, Andrew and Sarah and Jack's family."

A prince with humor

But once the heartfelt moment was over, the Duke of York began his spiel by poking fun at Brooksbank's expense and shared a story that involved him and the family dog.

"The Duke told a story about their dog Jack [a Norfolk terrier]," a source at the wedding told PEOPLE. "One day, I think it was early in the relationship, he shouted "˜Jack, get off the chair!' And the dog didn't move. But Jack did!"

Brookbank's former headmaster Anthony Wallersteiner told HELLO! that Andrew also touched on the trials and tribulations of raising daughters and "having to clear up endless Barbie dolls."

"He talked about the challenges of tidying up a teenager's bedroom when he came back from the Falkland Islands as a naval officer. He thought he knew how to keep a ship shape but try doing that to a teenage girl's bedroom."

Although Andrew certainly stole the show with his warm tribute to the newlyweds, he wasn't the only one to make a speech.

"She is the one light of his life and she makes him compete."

Brooksbank also took the stage and spoke about his love for his new bride.

"For a young man of 32 to be that open it was quite touching. She is the one light of his life and she makes him compete. He can't imagine spending a day away from her. Everyone was touched," he said.

"Everyone welled up. Eugenie wasn't sobbing but there were eyes welling up everywhere. It was sweet, short. Modern. Despite all of this it was one of the most modern and genuine weddings I've been to."

Like Tom Cruise when he jumped on Oprah's couch in 2005, Brooksbank's excitement eventually got the best of him, and he jumped on a chair.

However, he was quickly reminded that he was in the residence of the Queen of England.  

"Someone yelled over that he should get off the chair, so then he jumped back down again," a source shared.

[H/T: The Telegraph, PEOPLE, HELLO!]

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