How Princess Beatrice Subtly Paid Tribute to Kate Middleton at Her Top-Secret Wedding
Princess Beatrice surprised royal watchers when she secretly married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July. The pandemic forced the couple to cancel their original May wedding date. But, they took the opportunity to have a small, private ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor the moment the UK lockdown restrictions eased up. Items from Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding are now going on display at Windsor Castle. It’s been revealed that the princess subtly paid tribute to Kate, Duchess of Sussex by wearing a certain item on her special day.
The bride and groom planned their wedding in just two weeks
Beatrice and Edoardo tied the knot on July 17 after just two weeks of preparation. With the help of his mother and Sarah, Duchess of York, the couple put together a last-minute ceremony. There were only a handful of guests in attendance. The guest list included Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew.
Because they put the wedding together so quickly – and in secret – not many details were made known. But now, fans will get their chance to see Beatrice’s dress, shoes, and a replica of her bridal bouquet at a new exhibit at Windsor Castle.
The items went on display on September 24 and will remain until November 22. Beatrice is the fourth royal bride in recent years to display her wedding items. She follows in the footsteps of Kate, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and her sister Princess Eugenie.
In addition to the displayed items, the exhibit will also feature recorded audio clips from the bride and groom. Those recordings give fans details about the preparations and their wedding day itself.
Princess Beatrice borrowed her wedding dress from Queen Elizabeth
For her big day, Beatrice asked her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth if she could borrow a special dress. Beatrice wore a Norman Hartnell-designed gown that Her Majesty first wore in 1961.
According to People magazine, the dress is made of “vory peau de soie taffeta, with a skirt trimmed in ivory duchesse satin.” The Royal Collection says it is an example of Hartnell’s “signature crinoline silhouette and love of embellishment.”
The dress features geometric hand embroidery in crystals and diamantés over the bodice, waist and hips. And, the queen’s personal assistant and dresser Angela Kelly and couturier Stewart Parvin helped Beatrice refashion the gown for her wedding.
The new Royal Collection exhibit details the alterations made to the dress. The full-skirted silhouette was “softened to give a more contemporary, simplified shape.” They also bound and recreated the underskirt and petticoats with silk tulle.
Beatrice also added short sleeves of triple organza to the straps with vintage diamantés to match the original Hartnell embroidery design. All of the alterations are reversible.
Princess Beatrice subtly paid tribute to Kate Middleton with her wedding shoes
The first time Queen Elizabeth wore the dress was at a State dinner at the British Embassy in Rome during a state visit in 1961. She also wore it to the 1962 London premiere of Lawrence of Arabia. Queen Elizabeth also wore a Hartnell dress for her wedding, as well as for her coronation in 1953.
According to The Mirror, Beatrice accessorized her wedding look with a stunning diamond tiara. She paid a subtle tribute to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with her Valentino wedding shoes. Beatrice wore the same shoes to Kate’s wedding to Prince William in 2011.
Beatrice and Edoardo knew each other for years before they became husband and wife. She is now the stepmother of his four-year-old son Christopher, nicknamed Wolfie. Princess Beatrice appears to be settling into her new role as wife and mother. Cameras recently spotted her on a grocery run while Edoardo and Wolfie waited in the Range Rover.