York Wedding

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married yesterday morning in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

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Princess Beatrice wore an gown of  ivory peau de soie taffeta with silver and diamanté motif beaded on the bodice and upper ballgown skirt made by legendary designer Norman Hartnell in the earlier 1960s. Silk puffed sleeves were added by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly and fashion designer Stewart Parvin, who also replaced the gown’s balloon hem with a wide stripe of duchesse satin for a sleeker silhouette (and, I suspect, to make the gown long enough for Princess Beatrice, who is taller than her grandmother). It was reported that these adjustments were all reversible.


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Beatrice topped the dress with an ivory silk veil, anchored with Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara. Also borrowed from her grandmother, the fringed tiara was also worn for Queen Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947 and Princess Anne’s in 1973. The tiara choice was a surprise but its linear lines echoed the beading on the vintage gown and the pieces paired beautifully together. The warm tone of ivory is exquisite with Beatrice’s colouring and auburn hair and the personal connection to her grandmother through the dress- no doubt, a choice the Queen was actively involved in- is charming and sentimental and all kinds of perfect.

Guests were limited to immediate family only- the only hat we’ve seen was the pale aqua wool crêpe covered design with pink straw flowers worn by the Queen. 

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Like many couples, Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding plans were impacted by the pandemic. I’m sure you join me in wishing them the very best for the future.

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13 thoughts on “York Wedding

  1. This was a perfect choice on all levels. Probably for historical preservation purposes of the Norman Hartnell design very little alteration of the original design could probably be done. The peau de soie band at the bottom of the gown was an original design feature and used a lot during this time period. To me it is amazing the gown had that much length to it with the petticoat removed.
    Everything was a balanced choice with so much meaning for a lovely bride who happens to be a wonderful princess!

  2. What a lovely bride! Beatrice’s choice of a vintage couture dress is original and very much on trend and I think it’s fantastic! (There is a movement going on in the fashion world, partly Corona crisis induced, to slow down the ridiculous pace at with collections are released. This movement includes use of deadstock fabrics and a renewed appreciation of handmade and/or vintage clothing.)
    I could think of different ways to have altered the dress, but this is her personal choice and it suits her.

    The flower decoration is spectacular and a perfect frame to the couple’s happiness.
    I wish them much joy in their married life!

  3. I wonder how many royal brides get married without earrings? Not that this lovely embellished bodice and tiara needed any additional bling, but it just strikes me as slightly unusual.

  4. The story of this dress tells something about how well the Queen’s glorious evening gowns are preserved. Maybe one day Angela Kelly can tell us about that. Princess Beatrice looked lovely, I can understand that she did not want to be bare armed, hence the puffy addition.
    Not ideal, but if she was happy, why should we criticize.
    The tiara was a genuine thought of love and well wishes from her grandmother. A lot of thoughtfulness went into this wedding in keeping with the times.
    Especially not releasing the photos so as not to take away from Sir Tom.

  5. As Shanon says, the flowers with their pale blush tones are beautiful. Among the grander flowers in the arch, I think there are unopened clusters of jasmine; and in the bouquet, jasmine leaf tendrils, sweet pea, and Australia’s Geraldton Wax. When I see common garden flowers at these events, I love to think they might have been picked because they are the bride or groom’s personal favourites…
    I applaud and admire Beatrice’s appreciation of the couture of times past. How many women would consent to wear, in any form, a dress once worn by their grandmother, when they could commission a unique design? I would love to know the conversations Beatrice had with HM and Angela Kelly! (Though I do feel a bit sad to see that the stunningly beautiful original Hartnell design is no more). Nevertheless I was thrilled to see that Beatrice chose something different, a dress with very detailed visible patterning,(incidentally showcasing the very modern bridal wear trend of crystal embellishment), which gives her look a dreamy antique feel. Beatrice can carry off bold patterns much better than most; her dramatic features aren’t overwhelmed; so I’m very glad she didn’t go for the safe option of a plain minimalist look. She has likewise avoided the pitfalls of the “fairytale princess” aesthetic (such as a flowery tiara, a pooffy skirt, elaborate jewellery) which in all would tend to look theatrical on her– (though I can’t think how those added puff sleeves crept in — they are straight out of the “Disney princess” style book! and too bad that the hem panel looks like an obvious remodeling, as Sandra says.) But the couple look very happy, so I hope that the occasion brought them all the joy they had dreamed of.

  6. This is so lovely and made me smile so much. With everything that has happened to detail their big day, it looks like they probably got the kind of wedding they wanted, and I imagine they loved being able to have a small but perfect day.

    She looks lovely and the borrowed dress is very sweet. The execution isn’t perfect, the strip at the bottom does look bolted on (kind you, it’s the same as on Zara’s dress), but is kind of inevitable given their different heights. But it kind of doesn’t matter, because it’s all been pulled together in such short time, and she really does look very pretty. And the tiara is an excellent match and a lovely sentimental
    Touch too. I hope (but Very much doubt…) that at some point we’ll see other pics such as what the other guests wore.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful flowers and such a pretty shot at the door of the chapel. Beatrice has been honoured indeed with the loan of this tiara, and while all three tiaras worn by recent royal brides have been stand-out, this one has some heft of history and association with it. I’m not thrilled with the dress and think it’s mostly to do with the new band of fabric around the hem. The heavy satin look isn’t echoed elsewhere in the grown or veil and stands out in the photos (it looks like an alteration), but perhaps it was better ‘in person’ and not so obvious. They look happy and that’s the main thing.

    • It’s funny- I think the sleeve addition is less successful than the bottom of the skirt- I think a flutter sleeve attached to the straps or moving the straps over so the puffed sleeve could come directly off the side of them would have been better.

      • I thought that about the sleeves too, just scooching the straps an inch would have meant the sleeves could have come straight from them. Still, I’m sure this isn’t the dress she envisaged when this all started, and the sweet backstory to it makes me okay with these little niggles!

  8. Beatrice has never looked better! The beautiful dress was adapted so well, and does, as HQ noted, mirror the lines of that splendid tiara. HM looked very happy and I was so glad to see Philip looking so well.

    I know that this wedding had to be scaled down for several reasons, but I enjoyed all two of the photos released by Buckingham Palace immensely.

  9. I just love the whole look, and the vintage dress of the Queen’s was a brilliant choice and beautifully reworked by the dressmakers. I also love that they chose to go ahead and get married with only their closest family present.

  10. I think Princess Beatrice looks absolutely gorgeous. We have talked on this blog in the past about how it would be wonderful for one of the Queen’s granddaughters to wear one of her hats (similar to what the Swedish Royals do). I never expected that Beatrice would get an evening gown, created by the legendary Norman Hartnell, to wear as her wedding dress. What a “something borrowed!” The tiara is gorgeous, especially it’s provenance as QEII’s wedding tiara. You can tell there is a very special relationship between Princess Beatrice and the Queen for that to happen.
    I think this is one of the prettiest Royal weddings I have seen, mainly because it is so lowkey. She looks like a simple English country girl (with an amazing tiara and dress!). The flowers are incredible. I didn’t think anyone could top Princess Eugenie’s flowers, but this one might have. Beatrice and Edoardo are beaming, and the Queen and Prince Philip look so incredibly happy. I wish them much happiness.

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