'It looks like a golden snitch!' Mother of the bride Fergie sends social media wild with her VERY unusual choice of hat as she watches daughter Eugenie tie the knot
- The Duchess of York, 58, has arrived at St. George's Chapel with Beatrice
- Fergie waved to guests as she entered the chapel where 800 guests are seated
- She arrived in chauffeured vehicle with maid of honour Beatrice just before 11am
- Sarah and Andrew are hosting an evening reception at the Royal Lodge tonight
By Unity Blott For Mailonline
Published: 05:55 EDT, 12 October 2018 | Updated: 07:58 EDT, 12 October 2018
The Duchess of York is known for making a fashion statement and today was no exception as she watched daughter Princess Eugenie tie the knot at Windsor Castle.
Sarah Ferguson, 58, paired her vibrant green dress with a matching wide-brimmed hat featuring golden 'wings' made from straw.
The unusual accessory prompted comparisons to a 'golden snitch' – a magical flying ball with wings used in the Harry Potter game of quidditch.
Dozens of Twitter users shared their playful observations, with one noting: 'Yes, Fergie is wearing Harry Potter’s Golden Snitch on her hat. This is going to get me through the day.'
Here comes the mother of the bride! Sarah Ferguson, 58, paired her mint dress with a statement straw hat featuring golden wings as she waved at the A-list congregation
Oops! The 'MOB' (mother of the bride) struggled to keep her headgear on as she battled strong winds while entering the chapel. She paired her green dress with a statement hat
Dozens of Twitter users shared their playful observations, with one noting: 'Yes, Fergie is wearing Harry Potter’s Golden Snitch on her hat
Another posted: 'Fergie has just arrived, secret Harry Potter fan? Andrew catch that snitch.'
The proud mother of the bride arrived with Beatrice just minutes before her younger daughter, 28, pulled up at St George's Chapel to be walked down the aisle by father Prince Andrew.
Eagle-eyed viewers noted the Duchess appeared to be slightly behind schedule, arriving slightly after the groom rather than the planned three minutes before.
Guests remained seated as Sarah and Princess Beatrice of York arrived at the West Door and, having been greeted by the Dean of Windsor, were escorted to their places in the Quire.
The order of service was running to a tight timetable, with guests' arrivals scheduled just minutes apart.
The Duchess of York also drew comparisons to a 'leprechaun' with the colour of her outfit. Another said her hat looked like an outdated Delta Airlines logo
Once the formalities of the ceremony are over, the wedding party will sit down for lunch before Sarah and ex-husband Andrew host a tequila-fuelled private party at the Royal Lodge, the home they share on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Hamish Shephard founder of Bridebook.co.uk, said of Fergie's starring role: 'Once considered a battleground for family dramas, weddings have largely outgrown that stereotype, perfectly demonstrated by Eugenie's parents on her big day.
'In the run up to the wedding, both the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson demonstrated their amicability with a pre-wedding family outing, a sentiment that is sure to be emphasised throughout their big day.
'Sarah Ferguson looks tremendously happy and confident. As the mother of the bride, she will be experiencing an overwhelming run of highly charged emotions.
'She and the Duke of York will need to continue to be united, putting their own feelings to one side, as they have been in the run up to today.
Fergie, right, arrived with Beatrice just minutes before her younger daughter, 28, is due to touch down at St. George's Chapel to be walked down the aisle by father Prince Andrew
Fergie and Beatrice wave to onlookers before heading inside to await the bride. Once the formalities of the ceremony are over, the wedding party will sit down for lunch
The mother and daughter duo take their place inside the chapel. Later, Sarah and ex-husband Andrew will host a tequila-fuelled private party at the Royal Lodge, the home they share on the grounds of Windsor Castle
'The ceremony is the first ‘emotional test’ however the speeches are to follow, at which the father of the bride traditionally stands up to say how proud the mother and father are jointly of their daughter.
'It is not uncommon for separated families to come together for the first time at a wedding, celebrating the future of a couple and very much looking forward.'
Proud Fergie has made no secret of her excitement in the run-up to the big day, posting a series of gushing memes on Instagram after the couple announced their engagement in January.
In an interview over the summer, Duchess revealed the advice she has given to her future son-in-law as he prepares to enter the royal family.
Commenting on Fergie's excitement this morning, wedding commentator Hamish Shephard told MailOnline: 'Sarah Ferguson looks tremendously happy and confident. As the mother of the bride, she will be experiencing an overwhelming run of highly charged emotions'
She said she was confident she will make an 'excellent' grandmother when the couple have children – because she herself has 'never grown up'.
Referring to herself as the 'MOB' (mother of the bride) Fergie said that the groom had settled seamlessly into the York family over the years, and told how he 'brings joy'.
The Duchess said she and Jack, who works for George Clooney's Casamigos tequila brand, had bonded over their interest in the spirit, joking: 'He'll just hand me the tequila and say "come on mother-in-law, down it!"'
Speaking to presenters Michael Ball and Alex Jones she said: 'The thing about Andrew [her ex husband the Duke of York] and I is that we go with our hearts, we go with the family unity.
Fergie struggled to hide her excitement as she arrived at the chapel. She has previously said she was confident she will make an 'excellent' grandmother when the couple have children – because she herself has 'never grown up'
The Duchess of York paired her green dress and statement hat with a pair of towering nude patent heels, and appeared in excellent spirits as she waved to guests
As she entered the chapel, Fergie appeared to be battling strong gusts of wind as she held her hat down firmly on her head. A-list guests also struggled to keep their headgear on
Proud moment: The mother-of-two, pictured entering the chapel, revealed that she and Jack had formed a particularly close bond thanks to his job
'We really believe in that, you can see that the York family unity – it's all about seeing the light in life,' she said.
'Jack is a really sort of amazing bringer of light and he brings joy. I say to Jack always just stay yourself and I'd say that to anybody what else can you do in life.'
The mother-of-two revealed that she and Jack had formed a particularly close bond thanks to his job.
Asked what sort of mother-in-law she would be Sarah said: 'The best.
Behind schedule: Eagle-eyed viewers noted the Duchess was slightly behind schedule, arriving slightly after the groom rather than the scheduled three minutes before
The moment is here: Proud Fergie has made no secret of her excitement in the run-up to the big day, posting a series of gushing memes on Instagram after the couple announced their engagement in January
Fergie arrives with maid of honour Beatrice. The order of service was running to a tight timetable, with guests' arrivals scheduled just minutes apart
Excitement: In an interview months before the wedding Fergie, pictured arriving at the chapel today, said: 'We really believe in that, you can see that the York family unity – it's all about seeing the light in life'
'The good news is that Jack works as the European manager for Casamigos tequila so I'm perfect. He'll just hand me the tequila and say "come on mother-in-law down it!"'
Even before the couple had tied the knot, it seemed that talk of starting a family had already begun, with Sarah claiming the couple are 'thrilled' by the prospect of making her a grandmother.
Asked how she felt about becoming a grandparent she said: 'Excellent. They are thrilled because I write children's books and I'm a child I haven't grown up.'
Fergie's history of gushing social media posts
Fergie made headlines after posting a stream of emotional social medias post by the Duchess, which began with her daughter Princess Eugenie's engagement.
The proud mother, 58, heralded the official announcement earlier this year with three bizarre postings on social media.
The messages from the duchess featured photographs of the couple accompanied by captions in which she described Jack Brooksbank, as her ‘son, brother and best friend’ and a ‘solid rock’.
Fergie’s first tweet on the morning of the engagement announcement was accompanied by two smiley emojis.
The 58-year-old shared a series of bizarre posts on her Twitter and Instagram accounts following the announcement of Eugenie and Jack's engagement
It read: ‘a total embrace of goodness AND JOY, we love jack and I AM SO EXCITED to have a son, a brother and a best friend, eugenie is one of the finest people I know and so together it will BE PURE HARMONY’ #total joy #engagement @TheDukeOfYork.’
A second, showing the couple in a speedboat on holiday, read: ‘They float with laughter and love… although a boat helps! #engagement #eugieandjack.’
In the third, accompanied by two balloon emojis, Fergie wrote: ‘I always say that the river flows well to it’s [sic] destiny because of the guidance of a solid rock.’
Fergie, as she is affectionately known, thanked the couple for 'brightening' her days, following a series of heartfelt posts shared on Twitter
In the evening, the duchess posted another picture of the pair with the words: ‘They make laughter and we feel the joy. Thank you for the magic, Jack and Eugie, so proud of you', followed by an image of the pair larking around in a garden.
She completed her tributes with a letter of congratulations to the couple, published in celebrity magazine Hello!.
'Dearest Eugenie and Jack The Man, when you walk into a room, you bring smiles to the faces of all who meet you,' she wrote.
'Thank you for always making my day brighter and the laughter and happiness you bring to Papa, Beatrice and myself.
'The York Family embraces the magic of Jack totally.'
She finished the letter signing off with 'Mumsie and Sarahs'.
Fergie wrote an open letter to her daughter and 'Jack the man' in Hello! magazine to congratulate the couple on their engagement