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The ninth-in-line to the throne has followed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s example and opened the invitation to her wedding to members of the public.

The response left the princess and her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in awe, according to a Royal Family spokesperson.

A statement said: “Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank have been touched by the many good wishes they have received in the run-up to their wedding on 12 October.”

Today’s statement also revealed 100,000 had applied to watch guests arriving at the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

In a statement, the royal palace said: “The couple are delighted Her Majesty The Queen has agreed for the grounds of Windsor Castle to be opened to those wishing to join the celebrations.

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“After receiving over 100,000 applications, invitations have now gone out to the 1,200 members of the public who will join them on the day.”

The lucky ones selected will be joined by representatives of charities and organisations supported by the couple, including the Salvation Army and Teenage Cancer Trust.

The invitation to the 1,200 people does not extend to the ceremony or the reception that will follow. 

Princess Eugenie and Jack’s decision to share their joyful day with members of the public mirrors the groundbreaking decision taken just months before by Meghan and Harry.

Getting married, just like Eugenie and Jack, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex sent out 1,200 invitations to people chosen “from every corner of the United Kingdom”, as stated by Kensington Palace.

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A spokesperson to the loved-up pair said: “The couple has asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.”

The similarities between the two weddings are many. 

Just like Meghan and Harry, Eugenie and Jack will undertake a ride in a carriage, where well-wishers will be able to cheer at them. However, their ride will be shorter than the Sussex’s.

The statement explained: “After the service, the newly married couple will undertake a short ride in a carriage from the Royal Mews, out of Windsor Castle and on to part of the High Street.

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“Opportunities for members of the public wishing to view the couple are on Castle Hill, the High Street and Park Street, echoing the route taken by The Earl and Countess of Wessex following their wedding.

“The carriage will not travel along the Long Walk.”

A royal insider recently revealed Princess Eugenie’s wedding will be bigger than Meghan’s, as the daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew has invited within the chapel more than 850 guests, despite the glorious church can only take some 800 people.

They told the Mail on Sunday: “The wedding itself is going to be huge and they are hoping quite a few of the people they’ve invited won’t be able to come because of the capacity issue.”  

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