For Princess Beatrice this was the ultimate ‘something borrowed’.
Fashion is so often used to make a statement and this dress, personally loaned by the Queen, gives a huge message of her support for a beloved granddaughter on her wedding day.
The Queen Mary tiara – worn by the Queen when she married Prince Philip in 1947 and lent to her only daughter Princess Anne – also means the warmth of feeling.
Fashion is so often used to make a statement and this dress, personally loaned by the Queen, gives a huge message of her support for a beloved granddaughter on her wedding day. Pictured: The Queen at the world premiere of Lawrence of Arabia
Beatrice’s decision to get married in a second-hand dress is interesting and, I must say, pleasantly surprising and moving.
A very traditional design, it is beautifully crafted from peau de soie taffeta and has a geometric checkered bodice inlaid with Diamanté.
Of course, changes have been made to the original to allow for Beatrice’s height and the modesty of a royal bride in the church. Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal dresser, and Stewart Parvin, Her Majesty’s favorite seamstress, have remodeled and adapted the dress to the size and taste of Beatrice.
For example, a longer sleeve might have been more fashionable, but Beatrice has never loved fashion labels, and the puffed organza sleeves show off her playful style. A clean finish of ivory Duchess satin at the bottom of the dress provides extra length.
“Beatrice’s decision to get married in a second-hand dress is interesting and, I must say, pleasantly surprising and moving,” says Alexandra Shulman
The dress was designed by Sir Norman Hartnell and worn by Her Majesty during the 1962 film premiere of Lawrence Of Arabia at Leicester Square Odeon in London, where the Queen met lead man Peter O’Toole.
Hartnell gained astonishing fame from creating uniforms for Selfridge ‘elevator girls’ in the early 1920s to designing for royalty.
In addition to designing two of the most important dresses of the 20th century – the Queen’s wedding dress and the outfit for her coronation in 1953 – he is also credited with making London a fashion hub to emulate Paris.
A patriotic choice for Beatrice, but also a personal one. It also responds to the trend of vintage dresses and sustainable fashion. The bride traditionally does not speak at her wedding, but with this beautiful, romantic dress made 26 years before her birth, Beatrice spoke volumes.
GLITTERING HISTORY OF BEA’S DIAMOND TIARA
The Queen Mary diamond edge tiara
The Queen allowed her 31-year-old granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, to wear the same tiara she wore at her own wedding in 1947.
Formed in 1919 from a necklace given by Queen Victoria to the Queen’s current grandmother, the Queen Mary Diamond Edge Tiara is a treasured heirloom.
It was loaned to the Queen and then to Princess Elizabeth because she ‘borrowed something’. But two hours before the ceremony, a hairdresser broke Elizabeth’s veil with the tiara.
The tiara was rushed to the workshop of maker Garrard in London, where he was hastily welded together and returned just in time.
The tiara was also loaned to Princess Anne for her marriage to Mark Phillips in 1973, but has rarely been seen in public since.
PRECIOUS HEIRLOOM: Queen Mary with the tiara in 1926
The tiara was also worn by the Queen (left) in 1947 and Princess Anne (right) in 1973
Dress was lent by the Queen
By Emily Andrews, Max Aitchison, Michael Powell and Scarlet Howes for the Mail on Sunday
The Queen borrowed Princess Beatrice the tiara she wore at her own wedding and a vintage dress first worn nearly 60 years ago at a glitzy movie premiere.
In an amazing double display of generosity, unparalleled for a previous royal bride, the monarch went to great lengths to ensure that her granddaughter’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was an opportunity for the couple to remember.
It was not only an acknowledgment that Beatrice Beatrice had denied the wedding anniversary of her sister Eugenie and cousins William and Harry, but also the fear of seeing her father’s reputation fail due to his ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The Queen lent Princess Beatrice the tiara she wore at her own wedding and a vintage dress first worn nearly 60 years ago at a glitzy movie premiere
The wedding may not have had splendor, but it had intimacy, with 20 guests witnessing the couple exchange their vows.
Edo’s four-year-old son Wolfie was both a witness and a page boy, while his niece Coco Yeomans, five, was a bridesmaid alongside her pageboy brother Freddie, three.
The party-loving Yorks provided a lavish reception, with specialty cocktails, custom catering, a beautifully decorated Indian-style tent, a bouncy castle and glamping pods for overnight guests. Beatrice was reportedly “excited and super excited” and told a friend, “It was such a whirlwind.”
While the wedding was being held amid enormous secrecy, The Mail on Sunday today can reveal the inner story …
HOW THE MUMS GET ACTION
Sarah Ferguson and Edo’s mother Nicola Williams-Ellis took action as soon as the government hinted last month that marriages would soon be allowed again.
During the closing, Beatrice stayed with Edo and her future mother-in-law in the £ 2 million Cotswold house that Nicola shares with sculptor-husband David, Edo’s stepfather. The young couple was ‘desperately sad’ that plans for a wedding at St James’s Chapel Royal in May with 150 guests and a reception at Buckingham Palace had to be canceled and decided to ‘get married’ when possible.
But they only had three weeks to organize caterers and florists, and for the Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly, to help rebuild and turn the Norman Hartnell 1960s evening dress into a wedding dress.
Meanwhile, Canon Paul Wright, dean of the Chapel Royal, and Canon Martin Poll, the Queen’s chaplain, who served on Friday, hastily arranged the Archbishop of Canterbury’s special marriage license.
Princess Beatrice’s bouquet is placed on the tomb of the unknown warrior according to royal tradition
THE NIGHT FOR
Guests were sworn to secrecy, with overnight stays at Royal Lodge, Andrew and Fergie’s grand Windsor home.
Edo’s sister Natalia, 38, and her husband Tod Yeomans, 36, arrived Thursday afternoon with their two children Coco and Freddie for a quick rehearsal. Edo’s father, Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, came over from France, and bridesmaid Eugenie, 30, attended the ‘rehearsal dinner’ with husband Jack Brooksbank.
Beatrice and Edo broke with tradition by spending the night before the wedding together.
The secluded chapel of All Saints’ Day is opposite Royal Lodge, so Prince Andrew walked the bride to church and down the aisle. The Queen and Prince Philip had slipped in through a side entrance, maintaining social distance. The church was decorated with pink and white delphiniums, roses, wax flower, and Windsor Great Park hydrangeas.
Beatrice carried a bouquet of hanging jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink wax flower, baby pink astilbe and sprigs of myrtle. During the 30-minute shift, Sarah Ferguson and Ms. Williams-Ellis read the bride and groom’s favorite poems for: I Carry You In My Heart by EE Cummings and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116. There was no singing, but a selection of music was put together played with the national anthem.
Later wedding photos were taken, including two for the media yesterday. Neither has Andrew.
The wedding breakfast was in a blue and white themed luxury Indian tent with open sides at Royal Lodge. Society caterers Spook London provided snacks and a sit-down lunch with wine and champagne.
The secluded chapel of All Saints’ Day is opposite Royal Lodge, so Prince Andrew walked the bride to church and down the aisle. The Queen and Prince Philip had slipped in through a side entrance, maintaining social distance
Their £ 110-a-head wedding menu features salted sea trout with capers, dill and lemon, chorizo and ricotta salad with roasted quinoa and fillet steak.
Andrew and Edo made speeches and the newlyweds enjoyed their first night together as husband and wife in a special glamping pod.
Edo and Bea are not expected to have immediate honeymoon plans and hope to celebrate their wedding later this year with a ‘huge party’.
A friend said, “They are very happy to be able to get married for their family and best friends. It was special that the queen and the duke could come. ‘
Prince Andrew was seen yesterday driving away from Royal Lodge.
He wore a rugby-style jersey bearing the motto of the Order of the Garter: Honi soit qui mal y pense – meaning ‘May he be ashamed of anyone who thinks badly’.