WINDSOR (UNITED KINGDOM): Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Princess Eugenie married a wine merchant on Friday in a Windsor wedding clouded by complaints over costs and struggling to recapture the magic of past royal nuptials.
The big day for the ninth in line to the throne and Jack Brooksbank — a "commoner" with blue-blood friends — comes on the heels of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fairytale service in May.
That event was watched by adoring masses and followed by months of fawning UK headlines about the US actress who charmed her way into the royal court.
But what may be a mixture of royal wedding overload and scepticism about Eugenie's role in Britain's public life stripped Friday's ceremony of some of its charm.
Newspapers have spent weeks complaining about taxpayers having to foot the £2 million ($2.6 million, 2.3 million euro) security bill.
They noted the expense could have been spared had Eugenie not insisted on having a horse-drawn carriage parade around Windsor — just like Meghan and her prince.
The BBC also reportedly caused Buckingham Palace upset by deciding not to televise the event live because of its likely low ratings.
The smaller ITV commercial channel picked up the broadcast for its morning programme aired directly from a studio overlooking Windsor's lawn.
ITV spent much of the morning discussing the fierce gusts of wind that forced arriving guests to grasp for their complicated hats and to rearrange their morning coats.
"Unfortunately, this is not a good wedding hair day," one of ITV morning show hosts observed.
The BBC said only "a few hundred" had set up lawn chairs and covered themselves in the Union Jack in preparation for Eugenie's procession through the heart of Windsor.
The couple did their best to win over the crowds by doing taped interviews for ITV in which they heaped each other with praise.
Jack called his 28-year-old bride his "shining light".
Eugenie called the 32-year-old wine merchant and tequila ambassador "humble and generous".
But the more traditionally conservative Telegraph daily was the only one of the non-tabloid papers to put the wedding at the top of its internet news page.
The ceremony itself featured 850 guests and much of the morning saw royalty and celebrities strolling up to Windsor and arranging themselves in its magnificent 14th century chapel.
The better known invitees include the pop star Robbie Williams and David and Victoria Beckham — the unofficial royal couple of the British celebrity world.
George Clooney, who has been tied in the press to Jack's work as the European ambassador of the US actor's line of tequila, is also expected.
Jack himself mixes in London's glitzy social circles but is unknown to most outside the celebrity gossip world.
He managed a posh cocktail bar in London favoured by royals called Mahiki and has since launched his own wine wholesale business.
Press reports said he has lately harboured dreams of launching his own chain of pubs.
It also included "dismantling facilities that produce nuclear weapons and develop missiles", he said, "and it includes everything else, such as getting rid of existing nuclear weapons and nuclear materials".
Pyongyang has made no such declaration in public, and missiles were included in the designs of propaganda posters on display in the capital last month, when it celebrated the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as the country is officially known.
The dovish Moon has long favoured engagement with the North, which is subject to multiple UN Security Council sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and visited Pyongyang last month for his third meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.
Moon has dangled large investment and joint cross-border projects as incentives for steps towards denuclearisation, with Seoul opening a joint liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong last month and promising to pursue cross-border road and rail projects.
Earlier this week Moon's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha told parliament Seoul was reviewing its own sanctions against the North. She later backtracked, saying she had misspoken, and her ministry said no active review was in place.
In response to Kang's remarks, Trump said: "They won't do it without our approval. They do nothing without our approval." The United States, which spearheaded global efforts to squeeze the North Korean economy last year, has been adamant that the sanctions remain in place until Pyongyang's "final, fully verified denuclearisation".
But after a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang, Trump said this week that a second summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could happen after the US midterm elections in early November.
Kim and Trump traded personal insults and threats of war last year before a rapid rapprochement culminated in their historic first meeting in Singapore in June, although critics said their joint statement saw Kim make only a vague commitment towards denuclearisation, with no concrete measures.
Moon expected Kim and Trump to make "bold agreements" in the upcoming summit, he told the BBC, adding he remained "very optimistic" about their talks.
Seoul said separately that the two Koreas will hold high-level talks at the border on Monday to discuss how to implement the agreements made at last month's Pyongyang summit, when Moon and Kim vowed to meet again in Seoul "at an early date".
The South's unification minister Cho Myung-gyon will led Seoul's delegation to the meeting in the border truce village of Panmunjom, his ministry said in a statement. It was not yet clear which North Korean officials would take part.