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Princess Beatrice in Queen’s Vintage Gown for Private Wedding – UPDATED

I am back with a quick post on topics that do not include the Duchess of Cambridge, two stories that people expressed a sizable amount of interest in on social media and via email. They are Princess Beatrice’s wedding yesterday (a surprise!) and a followup to our coverage of the amazing World War II veteran, Captain Tom Moore.   

We begin with news that Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married yesterday at 11am in a small family ceremony. The duo opted for a private event with just a few family members present, adhering to government guidelines.

The couple announced their engagement last September. The wedding was originally slated for May 29 of this year at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace but was postponed because of the impact of the coronavirus.

Yesterday’s ceremony was held at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor.  

The Queen attended the wedding with the Duke of Edinburgh. It is believed to be the first time since the lockdown started in March that the two have attended a family function together.

Princess Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell dress loaned to her by The Queen. 

The dress is made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin, with organza sleeves. It is encrusted with diamanté and has a geometric checkered bodice. It was remodelled and fitted by Miss Angela Kelly and Mr. Stewart Parvin.

With thanks to Patricia Treble, the gown was worn for the 1966 State Opening of Parliament, seen below in a screengrab from a British Pathé film on the event.  

It was also worn for the December 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia at the Odeon in Leicester Square. 

Norman Hartnell’s association with HM and other royal family members was significant, with the designer creating many pieces for historic occasions. Mr. Hartnell designed The Queen’s wedding gown seen below.

He also created the Queen’s coronation gown. More about Mr. Hartnell’s work for HM via this Daily Telegraph story by Emily Cronin. 

Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown, with its thousands of crystal beads and seed pearls, was a prelude to the coronation gown five years later, one of the most important dresses of the 20th century.

The Queen asked him to model the gown on her wedding dress, and to incorporate British and Commonwealth symbols (English roses, Welsh leeks, Scottish thistles and more) in the design. The embroidery alone took six artisans 3,000 hours to create. After the coronation, he designed gowns for many of the Queen’s most important state visits.

Hartnell became “the first fashion knight” when the Queen Mother invested him KCVO in 1977. He continued designing for her almost until his death in 1979, while also dressing Princess Anne, the fourth generation of royal women to wear his designs.

Mr. Hartnell designed Princess Margaret’s gown for her marriage to Anthony Armstrong Jones in 1960.  Below, other pieces by the designer for HM, shared by the Royal Collection Trust. The turquoise ensemble on the right was worn by The Queen for Princess Margaret’s wedding.

The Queen loaned the Princess another item, Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara.  It is the same tiara worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947. 

More about the piece from The Royal Order of Splendor

Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard & Co. in 1919 and includes 47 diamond bars separated by smaller diamond spikes. 

In 1936, Queen Mary gave her fringe tiara to Queen Elizabeth, who wore it regularly during George VI’s reign. Queen Elizabeth loaned the tiara to her daughter, Princess Elizabeth (now, of course, Queen Elizabeth II), to wear when she married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.


Another look at the glittering piece. 

There was a bit of a hiccup with the tiara on the big day in 1947; The Telegraph has more in this 2017 story

On the morning of the wedding, as the hairdresser was securing Elizabeth’s veil with the tiara, the antique metal frame snapped. According to Garrard, the Queen Mother consoled her daughter by saying “we have two hours and there are other tiaras,” but Elizabeth was intent on wearing that particular piece.

Fortunately, a court jeweller was on standby in the event of any such mishap and took the tiara via police escort to the Garrard workshop to be repaired. After emergency welding the tiara was returned to the bride, with just a slight noticeable gap between the central fringe and the spike to its right.

Princess Anne also wore the tiara for her 1973 wedding to Captain Mark Phillips.  

The Princess wore shoes that date back to at least 2011 when they were worn for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, as they are shown below.

The Valentino Studded Suede Pumps feature a 4.5″ heel, blush-colored suede, and gold microstuds. 

Princess Beatrice’s wedding ring was designed by Shaun Leane, who also did her engagement ring seen below.

In an Instagram post, Mr. Leane said, “I feel very honoured to have been a part of their journey and to have been involved in the very special moments of designing and creating the engagement ring and wedding ring. I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness together.” 

Mr. Mapelli Mozzi’s ring is a vintage gold band designed by Josh Collins of G. Collins and Sons, royal warrant holders whose work is favored by many members of the royal family.

The bride’s bouquet was by Patrice Van Helden, co-owner of RVH Floral Design. It included “trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink waxflower, and baby pink astilbe. In keeping with Royal tradition sprigs of myrtle were included in the bouquet.”  The same flowers were used for the beautiful arrangements covering the arched doorway at the chapel. 

Princess Beatrice’s bouquet was placed on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, a tradition believed to have been started by The Queen Mother.

More about the service itself from a Palace news release: 

The service included two of the couple’s favourite poems, read by their Mothers, and a biblical reading. These were; Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare; “I carry you in my heart” by E.E. Cummings; and St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter 13, verses 1-13. Prayers were said. In accordance with government guidelines, no hymns were sung, but a selection of music was played. The National Anthem was played but not sung.

In addition to HM and the Duke of Edinburgh, the ceremony was also attended by the couple’s parents and siblings. Prince Andrew walked Beatrice down the aisle; Princess Eugenie is reported to have been Maid of Honour and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi’s four-year-old son Wolfie was best man and pageboy.

Following the ceremony, The Daily Mail reports “A small party was held… at Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York’s Windsor home, with many of the 20 guests staying overnight – some in glamping pods outdoors.” 

Stephanie Petit reports on Beatrice’s new title in this People story

“…likely be styled now as ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, Mrs. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.'”

Edoardo descends from Italian aristocracy — which means that Princess Beatrice is now an Italian “Contessa” and “Nobile Donna,” or noble woman.

Edoardo’s father is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, and as his oldest son, Edoardo will inherit the family’s ancestral seat, the 18th-century Villa Mapelli Mozzi palace in northern Italy.

What a delight to see Princess Beatrice in a repurposed piece of HM’s, as well as Queen Mary’s tiara. Congratulations to the newlyweds! 

UPDATE SUNDAY JULY 19: Buckingham Palace has released two additional images from the wedding. Below, one of those two photos.

And the second.

The groom posted the two photos shown above, as well as a third, on his Instagram account earlier today, but later deleted them. My guess is he did not realize the Palace was going to release two them this afternoon (seen above). I have deleted the third photo he posted, believing that if he doesn’t want the photo online I should respect that wish.  UPDATE: The third photo is back on Instagram so I am comfortable posting it here. (Thank you, Sara, for the tip in your comment!)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulated the newlyweds via their Instagram Stories


It turns out the wedding was not The Queen’s only engagement yesterday.  HM’s other appointment is part of a followup on a story we first told you about back in April, the extraordinary fundraising effort for the NHS by Captain Tom Moore.  The Captain is a World War II veteran who wanted to raise money for the Health Service by walking 100 lengths of his back garden.

As many are aware, the Captain was a remarkable fundraiser, ultimately bringing in donations totaling more than £33 million, or roughly $40 million!  More from the BBC:

Capt Sir Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by repeatedly walking an 82ft (25m) loop of his garden.

But he eventually raised £32,794,701 from more than one-and-a-half million supporters.

But it is now “Captain Sir Tom Moore,” as the veteran was knighted yesterday. Richard Palmer shared a video of the centenarian arriving for his ceremony.

 Below, The Queen and Captain Tom in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle.

The BBC reports The Queen used the sword that belonged to her father, George VI, to bestow the insignia of Knight Bachelor upon Captain Sir Tom.

Richard also tweeted a video of the ceremony. 

 While other investitures have been put on hold because of the pandemic, this unique ceremony was specially arranged to take place at Windsor. Below, the two World War II veterans having a chat after the ceremony.

The veteran, now 100-years-old, said, “I am absolutely overawed.”  

The Captain was accompanied by family at the ceremony, including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, his grandson Benjie and granddaughter Georgia.

What a terrific story, very much needed at this point in time, at least in these quarters. I hope it also helps put a smile on your face. 


This 9-minute piece from British Pathé covers the State Opening in 1966 and is a treat to watch.  



  • The Telegraph piece about Norman Hartnell is here; a Harper’s Bazaar story about the Queen’s Coronation gown is here; for the Royal Collection Trust’s information and photos of HM’s wedding gown and accessories, click here
  • For The Royal Order of Splendor post on Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara, click here; for The Telegraph’s piece on the tiara, click here; the Court Jeweler’s coverage of the tiara is here
  • The Daily Mail’s wedding coverage is here; Hannah Furness’s story for The Telegraph is here; ITV’s article is here; the Evening Standard’s article is here; a BBC story is here 
  • Hello’s coverage of the wedding is here; a People article is hereThe Mirror’s piece about the flowers is here; a Town and Country story about the flowers is here; see Martyn Crossley’s photos of some of the other royal bouquets they have created by clicking here; an Express piece focused on the fashion elements of the wedding is here
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Friday 7th of August 2020

This post fills me with so much emotion. Beatrice looks absolutely stunning. Here I was imagining she would want a wedding as grand as Eugenie's, and that it would be postponed at least to the autumn as a result – but no, more important was marrying the man she loves, regardless of who was watching. The sentimentality behind the gown, in that she upcycled an existing piece while the world heads into a recession, is heartwarming, but it is also just a timeless piece that continues to flatter the wearer. I know the sleeves were a necessity because of the church, but they are really very stylishly done. I really loved the quote about Norman Hartnell dressing four generations of royals, as now even after his death he has managed to dress five. <3 All three royal brides in the last two and a half years have made impeccable tiara choices; beyond the significance of re-wearing the Queen and Princess Royal's wedding tiara, it truly just suits Beatrice. These vintage pieces feel especially appropriate given that this wedding is almost traditional in the sense that Edoardo is also descended from aristocracy. I really love the photo he shared on his Instagram. It is heart-warming to see the Queen and Philip out, and that flower arch just took my breath away.

Seeing Sir Captain Tom again has made me genuinely weepy. It feels like a lifetime ago that we were all united behind his incredible fundraising effort. How wonderful of the Queen to personally knight a fellow veteran (as I know Charles and William do most investitures these days), and I am so happy that efforts were made for this ceremony to go ahead as soon as possible by having it outdoors. How I wish I could know what the Queen and Sir Tom were discussing after the knighting!


Sunday 26th of July 2020

I thought she looked beautiful and so elegant.

Also, enjoyed reading about Sir Tom. Day filled with two beautiful events.

Thank you for sharing.


Saturday 25th of July 2020

I love the sentimentality of Princess Beatrice wearing her Grandmother's gown, as well as the tiara that Queen Elizabeth wore on her wedding day. The gown is quite beautiful. The delicate, puffed sleaves seem to go well with the overall vintage feeling, and the added wide band of satin at the hem also looks lovely. Personally, I would have wanted a bit more fullness to the skirt, which would have set off the ornate and lovely beading of the gown even more. It also would have balanced the puffed sleeved more effectively, as well. That said, Princess Beatrice looks absolutely Enchanting, like a bride from a fairytale. This unique and retro look is so romantic, too. Really Superb and the photos are beyond lovely!


Saturday 25th of July 2020

I loved Beatrice's choices of flowers, so vintage, her dress was adorable with a significant history. Just thinking of how proud Queen Elizabeth must be. Thank you for the tiara and history. I think Beatrice looked stunning as did the groom. He is very cute. I hope all have a bright and happy future full of love and support of each other. Thank you for allowing me to share. Stay safe everyone.

Genevieve from SF

Friday 24th of July 2020

Good for them! Why wait when nobody knows what the future holds... I find it strange though that she would not wear the dress she must have chosen since the wedding was supposed to occur in May. I loved the dress on the queen but the alterations are dreadful. Those added sleeves just do not belong there and the hem is so wrong. The length does not look right either. I feel sorry that they could not have the day they had envisioned it. Dress, reception etc.

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