Princess Beatrice – daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York – married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small, private ceremony on Friday in front of family and close friends. The Princess of York opted for a low-key affair as opposed to a traditional, large royal wedding after she had to cancel her original May wedding date due to COVID-19. Beatrice also opted to wear a second-hand dress and tiara.
However, when your grandmother is the Queen of England, the hand-me-downs can be quite exquisite. According to People magazine, Princess Beatrice wore a vintage Peau de Soie taffeta dress that Queen Elizabeth first wore back in 1962, and she borrowed the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara that the monarch wore on her own wedding day in 1947 when she married Prince Philip.
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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi have been touched by the warm wishes they have received since their wedding, and are delighted to share two additional photographs of their happy day. . The pictures show Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi in the grounds of Royal Lodge after their wedding. . Photographs by Benjamin Wheeler.
Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter, also wore the tiara on her wedding day in 1973. But, an insider says that Her Majesty saved it specifically for her oldest granddaughter.
“The Queen saved this grand tiara specifically for Beatrice. It was always reserved for her as they are exceptionally close,” dished an insider, adding that it was “arguably the most sentimental [piece] lent from the Queen yet.”
The 31-year-old royal bride wore a stunning, sleeveless ivory gown that features a waterfall of embroidery that starts at the bodice and goes down to the thigh. The dress also had embellished shoulder straps and beading at the waist.
Princess Beatrice made the Norman Hartnell-designed dress her own by adding sheer, puffed sleeves on the shoulder straps and removing the underskirts and puff-ball skirt. This gave the dress a more romantic, flowy feel with simple silk trim on the hem.
Her majesty first wore the gown on May 4, 1961 at a state dinner held at the British Embassy in Rome in honor of then Italian President Giovanni Gronchi. Queen Elizabeth accessorized the dress with a fur stole and a ceremonial sash.
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Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi! The couple were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday 17th July. . Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their wedding with their closest family. . The happy couple are pictured with Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. . Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. . Photograph by Benjamin Wheeler.
Queen Elizabeth was in attendance at Princess Beatrice’s wedding in Windsor at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge. The small wedding party and 20 guests practiced social distancing and worked within government guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A royal communications press release said that following those guidelines meant there were no hymns sung, but a selection of music was played. They also played the National Anthem, but it was not sung.