Many aspects of Princess Beatrice's private Windsor wedding remain just that, private. But in the details that have been shared publicly, one thing is on full display: the bride's love for her grandmother, the Queen. Here, all the ways Beatrice and her groom Edoardo Mapelli Mozz paid tribute to the British monarch during their intimate ceremony.
The Date and Venue
Princess Beatrice had originally planned to marry Mozzi on May 29 in London, but the couple was forced to postpone because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And as they rescheduled their nuptials, the Queen and Prince Philip were almost certainly top of mind.
Friday's ceremony was held at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, which is fairly close to Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Prince Philip have been social distancing. A convenient venue helped ensure they could be in attendance.
As the British monarch and her consort are reportedly traveling to their Scottish home Balmoral later this summer, it's likely Beatrice held her wedding on Friday so they could be there for the "I dos."
Princess Beatrice's "something borrowed" (and "something old," for that matter) was her stunning bridal gown, a vintage design by Norman Hartnell, which was on loan from the Queen.
As Buckingham Palace explained in a statement, the Queen's dressmakers Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin "remodelled and fitted" the dress, which is made of ivory taffeta and "encrusted with diamanté." They also added organza sleeves to the piece.
Queen Elizabeth previously wore the dress several times in the 1960s, notably to the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia at the Odeon theater in Leicester Square, and to the 1967 opening of parliament.
As with other recent royal brides including Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Princess Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth lent Beatrice a sparkling headpiece for her special day, but this particular accessory, the Queen Mary Fringe, is of significant importance to the British monarch, as the Queen wore the tiara on her own wedding day to Prince Philip in 1947.
Her letting Beatrice borrow it is a sweet show of affection for the bride, who not only had to completely change her wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic, but also married as her father, Prince Andrew, remains under enormous public scrutiny over his associations with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Buckingham Palace has now shared four photos from Princess Beatrice's wedding, three images of the newlyweds, and one socially distanced portrait featuring the bride, groom, Prince Philip, and Queen Elizabeth outside the church. The picture (top) highlights Beatrice's bond with her grandma, but it's just as significant for what, or rather whom, it does not include.
None of Beatrice's publicly released wedding portraits include her father, Prince Andrew.
As Town & Country's contributing royal editor Victoria Murphy wrote earlier today, prior to the third and fourth photos being revealed, "The fact that appearing in his own daughter's wedding pictures would be deemed as casting a negative shadow on the event is really quite something. In the end he didn’t feature in either of the official images released by Buckingham Palace—underlining the fact that he no longer belongs as a public face of the British monarchy."
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