Nervous groom Jack struggles with Eugenie's wedding ring as the bride tells her visibly emotional new husband 'hold my hand' and tries to calm him down
- Drinks company executive had 'baptism of fire' as he entered Royal Family today
- His wedding was on live TV in the UK, with pictures beamed around the world
- He couldn't hide nervousness and struggled to get the ring on Eugenie's finger
By Richard Spillett for MailOnline
Published: 07:49 EDT, 12 October 2018 | Updated: 07:55 EDT, 12 October 2018
Princess Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank could not hide his nervousness as he came under the global spotlight for the first time today.
Mr Brooksbank – a drinks industry executive – married into the Royal Family at a grand ceremony at St George's Chapel in the grounds of the Queen's Windsor Castle today.
With TV cameras focusing on him, he struggled to get this wife's wedding ring on her finger when it came to his big moment.
A nervous Jack Brooksbank struggled to get his wife's wedding ring on her finger today
The couple smiled together as her finger was pushed up as he put the ring on her finger
He eventually got the ring on his bride, with the Dean of Windsor assuring him: 'That's fine'
His newly-wedded wife did her best to keep him calm however, telling him to hold her hand as they sat together during the ceremony.
He seemed shocked by the crowd which had assembled outside the Chapel as the couple emerged after the ceremony.
Eugenie encouraged him to kiss her and the crowd cheered, as Jack's nervousness seemed to ebb away.
After the live TV broadcast of the ceremony and a carriage ride around the packed Windsor, the royal couple will now be able to enjoy a more private reception, hosted by the Queen.
Body language expert Judi James told MailOnline: 'This did seem like a royal baptism by fire for the rather shy-looking Jack, who arrived rubbing his hands anxiously and needing to be nudged by his brother before waving to the waiting crowds.'
Experts said it was 'baptism of fire' for Britain's newest royal as he entered the public glare
He was seen rubbing his eyes as he waited at the front of his church for his bride to arrive
The Princess, who is more used to being in the public glare, tried to put her husband at ease
She prompted him to hold her hand as they sat at the front of the church during the ceremony
Ms James added: 'As he waited for his bride to arrive his strength of emotion showed as his tears began.
'He removed his glasses to wipe each eye with his finger but later he was having to use the well-known trick of pressing his fingers to his septum to try to stop himself crying, waiting looking down with his head dropped as though lost in thought and with one arm performing a body barrier.
'His expression of open-mouthed delight, love and possibly relief as Eugenie arrived was still very tear-stained and during the vows he chose to peek rather than stare at her, presumably to avoid making things worse.
'He clearly gained strength from her though, when she flashed her broad grin at him and rubbed their clasped hands with his thumb in a gesture of loving reassurance.'
The couple beamed to the waiting crowd as they emerged from the Chapel after the ceremony
They eased into the spotlight and kissed happily on the steps of the chapel after the service
The Princess's new husband got his first taste of life in the public eye after the ceremony
Mr Booksbanks is a former waiter who spurned university and a job in the City to set himself up in the pub trade.
Once nicknamed 'barman Jack' in his Chelsea social circle, he has since worked his way up through some of the capital's trendiest bars and nightspots.
But the 30-year-old has moved to put any idea of his being a party animal behind him in recent years, setting up a respectable wine merchants business.
In the weeks before the couple's engagement was announced in January, he was snapped with friends promoting Casamigos tequila, the brand for whom he is an ambassador, which used to be part-owned by Hollywood star George Clooney.
Mr Brooksbank is the son of Old Etonian chartered accountant George Brooksbank and his wife Nicola.