Princess Beatrice has finally married her man, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a socially-distanced private ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor, two months after her wedding was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was well worth the wait though as Princess Beatrice looked stunning in a vintage Norman Hartnell gown, which acted as her something borrowed along with her beautiful tiara, as both were on loan from the Queen.
The vintage Norman Hartnell evening gown, as worn by the Queen a three times, to a state dinner in Rome in 1961 [a very elegant affair], to the Lawrence of Arabia premiere in London in 1962 [look how beautiful the Queen looked here in the dress] and to the state opening of Parliament in 1967, was refitted by the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly and dressmaker Stewart Parvin.
The elegant diamanté-encrusted gown, made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, had gorgeous organza puff sleeves added, which not only gave a whimsical princess feeling to the wedding dress, but it also was probably done for the church service. Looking at vintage snaps of the Queen wearing the evening gown it also looks if Princess Beatrice added some length with an ivory Duchess satin trim, as well as taking out some of the poof for a more elegant and modern look.
I love not only the fact the dress was a touching tribute to her grandmother but also that she made the wedding dress encrusted with diamanté and with a geometric checkered bodice her own, those sleeves are playful and perfect, and I love the jewelled design.
It was also fitting that Princess Beatrice chose to wear a gown designed by Norman Hartnell, who famously designed Her Majesty’s wedding gown for her nuptials in 1947, as well as her Coronation dress, and Princess Margaret’s wedding dress.
Princess Beatrice wears vintage wedding dress and tiara borrowed from the Queen
The dress also worked perfectly with the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, also borrowed from the Queen, which Her Majesty wore on her own wedding day to Prince Philip.
The final touch, the gorgeous flowers, from the incredible floral arch that I’m sure many a bride-to-be will be looking to replicate to Princess Beatrice’s bouquet filled with trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink o’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astilbe and, in keeping with Royal tradition, sprigs of myrtle, a tradition first started by Queen Victoria. The flowers were made by Patrice Van Helden of RVH Floral Design.
While each one was beautiful, I love how Beatrice went for vintage, hey only the best brides go for vintage, haha, only saying that as one of my wedding dresses was vintage. It was not only sustainable but very modern-thinking and perfectly in keeping with the current climate. This wasn’t a splashy affair, it was an intimate family affair with Royal flair and I truly adored it.