Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie and her boyfriend reportedly flew to Queen Elizabeth's home in Scotland over the weekend to ask for her blessing on their forthcoming engagement.

The loved up couple spent two days at the monarch's Balmoral Castle because Eugenie's cousin Prince Harry was hosting a shooting party to celebrate his 32nd birthday, but it's believed Jack Brooksbank took advantage of the time by asking his lover's famous grandmother for her approval.

An insider at the Castle told The Sunday Express newspaper: "You could call this weekend a rite of passage for Jack. There is no way he would be invited to stay with the Queen unless he was being welcomed into the royal fold and the bosom of the family."

However, a friend of Jack admitted that he was riddled with nerves ahead of his visit to Balmoral.

The pal explained: "You could say he was somewhat apprehensive about going to Balmoral. But Jack has no side to him and will just be himself."

Although the pair - who have been dating for six years - are yet to make an official announcement, it's believed Jack is hoping to put a ring on Eugenie's finger by the end of 2016.

Eugenie and Jack are also planning to move into a three-bedroom cottage in Kensington Palace, London, next year.

The 26-year-old royal currently lives in a four-bedroom apartment in St James' Palace, London, which she shares with her sister Princess Beatrice at the moment.

Eugenie and Jack met at a ski resort in Switzerland, in 2010.