Princess Beatrice Made a Last-Minute Request to Wear Queen Elizabeth's Dress to Her Wedding
Like so many other brides, Princess Beatrice had to curate her big-day look quickly. Luckily, her grandmother saved the day.
Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi officially tied the knot on July 17, in their second attempt to wed in the midst of COVID-19. Despite the small event, they made all of the details count, including their attire. The bride notably wore Queen Elizabeth's tiara (which the monarch also donned on her wedding day) and a dress from her private collection—and the latter, reports People, was actually a last-minute request. A royal insider revealed that Prince Beatrice "made a request [to borrow a dress from the Queen], and that was kindly granted—and it looked amazing!" the source said. "It was touching for both of them."
The source added that the close bond between the two royals made the request all the more special. "Beatrice talks about her grandmother often, and it's clear there's a strong bond there—the dress and the tiara could not have been more perfect," another source told the outlet.
Princess Beatrice used another part of her big-day look to pay homage to others in the royal family, as well. According to Page Six, the newlywed held a myrtle-filled bouquet, which is a tradition that dates back to 1840. Queen Victoria received a myrtle shrub from her husband's grandmother as a wedding gift; it is now custom for royal brides to include myrtle in their arrangements (Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle did this, too).
Support from the bride's family continues to roll in as she marks this new chapter of life with her husband. Her mother, Sarah Ferguson, is the latest to show her excitement after the duo's 20-guest nuptials. "Happiness cannot be traveled to, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude," she wrote on Instagram, quoting author Denis Waitley. The Duchess of York added, "never has a mother been more proud than the wedding of Eugenie and Jack, and again with my Beatrice's loving wedding to Dear Edo. I am so lucky with my girls, and now the best sons-in-law."