Princess Beatrice Wore One Of The Queen's Favorite Dresses For Her Wedding

By Emily Lee

July 20, 2020

After cancelling her big royal wedding due to COVID-19 safety concerns, Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small private ceremony on Friday (July 17). The nuptials were held at All Saint's Chapel in Windsor Great Park, which is just a short drive from Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle home. Her Majesty was in attendance for her granddaughter's special day. Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and an estimated 20 other guests were all also present.

The palace released a few photos from Princess Beatrice's wedding on social media, which showed the 31-year-old royal wearing a familiar gown to say 'I do.' Princess Beatrice borrowed one of her grandmother's favorite dresses from the 1960s. Queen Elizabeth wore the vintage Normal Hartnell dress on numerous public outings, including a 1961 state dinner in Rome, a 1962 special viewing of Lawrence of Arabia and the 1966 State Opening of Parliament, according to theTelegraph.

Buckingham Palace shared details about the gown in a statement about the private nuptials, as well. "The dress is made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin, with organza sleeves," the statement reads. "It is encrusted with diamanté and has a geometric checkered bodice. It was remodelled and fitted by Miss Angela Kelly and Mr Stewart Parvin."

Princess Beatrice made a few alterations to the vintage gown to make the ensemble more modern. She added organza puff sleeves and removed underskirts to reduce volume from the dress. It also appears that Beatrice hemmed the bottom of the dress so her shoes were more visible.

Not only did Princess Beatrice wear one of her grandmother's gowns on her wedding day, she also wore the same tiara Queen Elizabeth did when she married Prince Philip in 1947. "The Queen saved this grand tiara specifically for Beatrice. It was always reserved for her as they are exceptionally close,” a source told People. The source added that this is “arguably the most sentimental [piece] lent from the Queen yet.”

Photo: Getty

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