Every Element of Princess Beatrice's Big-Day Look Was a "Something Borrowed," Thanks to Queen Elizabeth
The bride's wedding dress and tiara are pieces from the monarch's personal collection. Queen Elizabeth wore the latter to her own nuptials in 1947.
After the novel coronavirus pandemic forced Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi to rethink their May 29 wedding plans, the duo officially became husband and wife in an intimate ceremony on Friday, July 17. Despite the unexpected changes, the pair celebrated with about 20 loved ones and paid homage to a particular royal in the process. According to People, Princess Beatrice wore vintage pieces from Queen Elizabeth's personal collection to mark her big day—notably the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara. "The Queen saved this grand tiara specifically for Beatrice. It was always reserved for her as they are exceptionally close," a source told the outlet, noting that the piece is "arguably the most sentimental [piece] lent from the Queen yet."
The queen wore the exact same diamond headpiece when she tied the knot to Prince Philip on their wedding day in 1947. Princess Beatrice's wedding dress was also pulled from the Queen's archive—she donned a vintage ivory Peau de Soie taffeta dress designed by Norman Hartnell, which Queen Elizabeth has worn on several occasions. The garment offers another tie to the monarch's big day: Hartnell created the Queen's frock for her own walk down the aisle.
The couple managed to keep with tradition during their ceremony, even with social distancing practices and other limitations in place. "In accordance with government guidelines, no hymns were sung, but a selection of music was played," a royal communications press release noted. "The National Anthem was played but not sung."
Although the couple had to make necessary adjustments for the affair, one key detail remained unchanged: As planned, Edo's son, Wolfie, served as his best man. Thankfully, the queen was also able to attend the intimate big day as a distinguished guest. "The Queen was the guest of honor, and it was very important that she was there," the royal insider shared with People. "It was planned for some time, and everyone had to be extremely cautious leading up to the big day because the Queen was in attendance. They had to make sure everyone who was attending was in perfect health."