Why Princess Eugenie's sister Princess Beatrice read a 'Great Gatsby' excerpt at the Royal Wedding

Princess Beatrice had the perfect passage in literature to honor her sister, Princess Eugenie, and her groom, Jack Brooksbank, on their special day.

The couple married on Friday at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England -- the same location where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said their "I dos." 

The stunning ceremony included several readings from the Bible, but Beatrice, her sister's made of honor, broke tradition by reading from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The excerpt she chose is about the bewitching appearance of the American novel's main character, Jay Gatsby.

He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. Precisely at that point it vanished — and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.

As for why the 30-year-old royal chose to read such a passage at her sister's wedding, Rev. Andrew Connor explained during the ceremony that it was Eugenie who had specifically selected the passage because it reminded her of Jack's warm smile.

Just a week prior to the wedding, Eugenie was already feeling sentimental, sharing a sweet throwback photo on Instagram of when she and Beatrice were young bridesmaids. "Sisterly love," she captioned the cute pic.

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In addition to Beatrice's reading, the groom's cousin, Charles Brooksbank, read an excerpt from St. Paul's Letter and Andrea Bocelli performed traditional hyms and prayers as well as "God Save the Queen" with a full orchestra.

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Princess Beatrice of York and her mother Sarah Ferguson (R) arrive in their car to the Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice of York attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by (Photo by Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice of York arrive ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jeremy Selwyn - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York (L) and Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (R) arrive to attend the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Sarah, Duchess of York arrive to thake their seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images)
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L) and Sarah, Duchess of York arrive to take their seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York , Princess Beatrice of York (C) and Peter Phillips (3R) take their seats for the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice of York attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Back row LtoR: Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Front row LtoR: Sarah, Duchess of York, Britain's Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, and Mike Tindall take thier seats inside St George's Chapel ahead of the wedding of Britain's Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Back (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Princess Anne, Princess Royal and (front L-R) Sarah Ferguson Princess Beatrice of York, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Mike Tindall, Zara Tindall Lady Louise Windsor and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice of York outside St George's Chapel following the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sarah, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice of York and the bridesmaids and page boys, including Princess Charlotte and Prince George, wave off Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank following their wedding at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: (L-R) Best man Thomas Brooksbank, Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice of York, bridesmaids and page boy, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Thomas Brooksbank, bridesmaids Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, Maud Windsor, page boy Prince George of Cambridge, bridesmaids Isla Phillips, Theodora Williams, Mia Tindall and page boy Louis de Givenchy and Nicola Brooksbank leave after the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie of York to Jack Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Toby Melville - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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