A Fairytale Wedding! Princess Beatrice Ties The Knot In ‘Something Borrowed’ From The Queen

The Pandemic might have spoiled their original May wedding date, but the Royal Family have just out-charmed themselves.

In a tale fit for a storybook, newlyweds Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married on Friday in a whimsical and intimate service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor. Their vows were exchanged in front of just twenty guests, a far cry from their original plan of 150 guests and a star-studded reception at Buckingham Palace!

Photo: Royal Communications

With toned-down weddings being able to go ahead after all this summer, a Cinderella story ensued. Alternate plans were put into place by the bride and groom’s mothers, who leapt into action last month, sorting catering and floral arrangements for a whirlwind wedding. But the real “you will go to the ball” moment was the alteration of a very special dress…

The Queen at the 1962 film premier of Lawrence of Arabia in Leicester Square, London.

The bride wore a gorgeous gown loaned to her by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, which was originally worn by Her Majesty for a film premier in December 1962. A satin panel was added at the hem for length, and puff sleeves gave the dress a very up-to-date 2020 touch. It suited the princess perfectly!

The second-hand dress was first designed by Sir Normal Hartnell and altered for Friday’s big day by the Queen’s personal dresser Angela Kelly and Royal dressmaker Stewart Parvin. Combining a diamanté encrusted bodice and taffeta skirt, the rehashed garment lent itself exquisitely to the occasion.

Photo: Royal Communications

Interestingly, Sir Normal Hartnell also designed the 94-year-old Queen’s own wedding dress, and the outfit for her 1953 Coronation. Princess Beatrice’s sentimental wedding dress choice is patriotic, personal and romantic, and speaks volumes about the strong relationship she has with the grandmother.

Formidably, Princess Beatrice also wore the The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which was fashioned in 1919 from a necklace given to the current Queen’s grandmother by Queen Victoria. The magnificent heirloom was worn by the Queen on her own wedding day in 1947, and since, only by Princess Anne on her wedding day in 1973. It is a treasure very rarely seen in public.

Princess Beatrice’s Aunt, Princess Anne on her wedding day in 1973.

It’s outstanding to see sustainability in practice at the best of times, with the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton being well-known to wear occasionwear more than once. By wearing an heirloom, Princess Beatrice has earned herself major points in the style stakes, and looked beautiful and ethereal while doing so.

Photo by Benjamin Wheeler.


After the stripped-back church service, the wedding menu included cured sea trout with capers, dill and lemon, chorizo and ricotta salad with toasted quinoa, and fillet steak. The Princess of York and her property-developer husband went for a trendy choice and a change from the status-quo. Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer’s was a main course of chicken breast stuffed with lamb mousse!

In a refreshing twist, the wedding reception itself was also modern and high-spirited, and involved speciality cocktails and glamping pods for overnight guests. Sounds like fun!

Photo by Benjamin Wheeler.

We wish the newlyweds all the very best, and we’re so pleased to see they had such a dreamy day against the odds.


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Nicole Parnis

Nicole is a culture writer and lifestyle journalist with a passion for fashion, food, music and anything retro. She indulges by thrifting her Sundays away at flea markets, followed by a cappuccino or two in a pretty village square.

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