Princess Beatrice of York married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small private ceremony on July 17. Ever since, the Buckingham Palace has been obliging us all with beautiful pictures from their wedding.
Ground-breaking in many ways, but Princess Beatrice’s wedding still managed to uphold traditions. Here are 7 things you need to know about the ceremony:
1. Princess Beatrice’s wedding gown was the Queen’s hand-me-down
Unlike most royal brides, Princess Beatrice ditched latest trends and a dream designer and instead opted for her grandmother’s Norman Hartnell gown. Yes, Princess Beatrice’s wedding gown belonged to none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself, and the monarch wore it on several occasions in the 1960’s.
Norman Hartnell, a Royal favourite, made the gown from Peau De Soie taffeta, trimmed it with ivory duchesse satin and added diamanté embellishments.
2. Beatrice wore Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding tiara
The bride paid a wholesome tribute to the Queen with her choice of dress and tiara.
Beatrice’s diamond fringe wedding tiara was worn by the the Queen at her wedding to Prince Phillip in 1947. According to the palace, the tiara goes back to 1919 and was made from one of Queen Victoria’s necklaces.
3. Prince Andrew walked Beatrice down the aisle
Addressing rumours that Prince Andrew skipped his daughter’s wedding, the palace confirmed that he was very much in attendance at Friday’s ceremony, along with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson and Princess Eugenie.
The official wedding photos, however, only include the Queen and Prince Phillip along with the newly married couple.
4. Beatrice’s wedding ring departed from tradition
While Mozzi went for a gold wedding band designed by Josh Collins, Princess Beatrice chose a Shaun Lane platinum and diamond ring. The bride departed from tradition with this choice, as royal brides including Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie, often opted for a Welsh gold band.
5. Princess Beatrice’s step-son served as the ringbearer
Mozzi has a son, Christopher “Wolfie” Mapelli Mozzi, from a previous relationship to Dara Huang. Even though Wolfie was absent from the wedding photos, we know that he was his father’s best-man and pageboy.
6. The couple had planned a full-fledged May wedding
Mozzi and Princess Beatrice had made preparations for a grand May wedding but the pandemic rained on their parades.
The couple had to settle for a low-key ceremony at the Royal Family’s private chapel. From a guest list of 150, they had to cut down to just 20 people in order to maintain social distancing.
7. The celebrations aren’t over
Although the prospect of a honeymoon seems bleak, Princess Beatrice has reportedly told friends that she plans to celebrate the marriage with “a huge party” whenever plausible.
Meanwhile, we can’t stop gushing over these newly weds!