Princess Beatrice Made a Last-Minute "Request" of the Queen to Borrow a Vintage Gown for Her Wedding

Harper's Bazaar Staff

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  • Princess Beatrice wore a vintage wedding gown on loan from Queen Elizabeth II to tie the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on July 17, 2020.

  • The couple held a private wedding ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor.

  • Beatrice had previously postponed her nuptials due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Update 7/22/20:

Princess Beatrice's decision to wear a vintage gown from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for her wedding day was reportedly an impromptu decision.

According to People, the princess had a last-minute sartorial change of heart regarding her wedding dress and reached out to her grandmother to see if she could borrow an ensemble for her special day.

"[Beatrice] made a request [to borrow one from the Queen], and that was kindly granted—and it looked amazing!" a friend close to Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mopelli Mozzi, told the outlet. "It was touching for both of them."

"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," added another friend.

Original Post 7/18/20:

Princess Beatrice forewent a public royal wedding in favor of a private ceremony in Windsor. For the exclusive occasion, the bride surprised us all by borrowing a special gown from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Per a Buckingham Palace press release, Beatrice's stunning outfit is a vintage dress from the queen's own closet. Designed by Norman Hartnell, the exquisite ivory dress is made from Peau De Soie taffeta, and is trimmed with ivory Duchess satin. Featuring organza sleeves, diamanté adornments, and a checkered, geometric bodice, the dress looks nothing short of stunning.

Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire
Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire
Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire
Photo credit: Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire

Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin, both of whom regularly work with the queen, remodelled the dress and carried out a fitting to ensure that it looked perfect on the bride.

The queen famously wore the gown to the premiere of Lawrence of Arabia at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London, in 1962.

Photo credit: PA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: PA Images - Getty Images

Buckingham Palace announced in a statement, "The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant government guidelines," amid the coronavirus pandemic. Close royal family member were in attendance, including the queen, Prince Philip, and Beatrice's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York.

It's been reported that the queen left the wedding ceremony early to bestow a knighthood on Captain Tom Moore at Windsor Castle. 100-year-old Moore was honored with the investiture ceremony after raising millions of dollars for coronavirus relief for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

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