The global pandemic we find ourselves in didn’t stop Princess Beatrice from saying “I do.” She was originally planned to get married on May 29th of this year but had to call it off in light of the restrictions on contact. But on the 17th of July, she managed to pull off her wedding secret with most of her family in attendance.
The princess married her boyfriend of two years Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who she had been friends with since her early childhood. He’s a British property developer of Italian noble ancestry who was engaged previously to architect Dara Huang. They share a four-year-old son together.
Her Majesty’s Hand-Me-Downs
Rather than springing for a brand new gown or a custom-made dress, the princess opted for a dress previously worn by her majesty herself. Pictured on Queen Elizabeth II in 1960, the dress in question was a vintage, waist-cinching Norman Hartnell gown.
And if you’re wearing your grandmother’s dress, why not ask for help from her trusted dresser as well. Beatrice employed the queen’s trusted go-to, Angela Kelly, to make the necessary adjustments for her figure and add some chiffon sleeves to the outfit, too. Incredibly, Angela had only three weeks to make all the changes.
Princess Beatrice did not always plan on wearing the queen’s hand me down. The dress she had originally planned to wear in May could not be sent in time in light of transportation issues. So she had to think up something else if she wanted to get hitched at the nearest availability. And the outcome couldn’t have been any better.
And a Tiara for Good Measure
In order to stay in accordance with the government’s restrictions on large gatherings, only 30 esteemed guests got a chance to see Beatrice in Queen Elizabeth’s gown. Aside from the gorgeous gown, she also had permission to wear The queen’s very own wedding tiara worn by her majesty in 1947. It’s called the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara which features a simple design and rows of the most exclusive diamonds.
Originally commissioned in 1919, it is has been symbolically used during other important occasions. As well as being worn by the queen when she tied the knot, it was worn by Princess Anne for her wedding to Mark Phillips, and also by her majesty for her Diamond Jubilee Portrait. It’s symbolism is not lost, and was a touching gift to give her granddaughter on her wedding day.