July 19, 2020 | 9:43am
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi; Queen Elizabeth in 1962
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Princess Beatrice’s low-key wedding was a far cry from a traditional royal affair, with the bride even opting to wear a second-hand dress.
The Princess of York raided The Queen’s wardrobe and chose to borrow a dress her grandmother had first worn back in 1962.
Beatrice, 31, also wore the tiara worn by the Queen on her own wedding day back in 1947 as she said ‘I do’ to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The gorgeous white satin gown features a waterfall of intricate beaded embroidery from the bodice to the mid-thigh.
The sleeveless dress also has embellished shoulder straps and additional beading at the waist.
The royal bride, 31, chose to add her own personal touch to the dress by having a pair of sheer, puffed sleeves sewn into the straps.
Beatrice also had the underskirts removed opting for a simple silk trim on the hem rather than the puff-ball skirt her grandmother wore.
The dress was the creation of Norman Hartnell a designer loved by the monarch.
As well as the dress, Beatrice also borrowed a tiara from The Queen’s jewelry collection as is custom for royal brides.
However, it wasn’t just any tiara, it was the same tiara worn by the Queen when she married Prince Philip back in 1947.
Her Majesty wore the gown along with a fur stole and a ceremonial sash at a state dinner held in honor of the then Italian President Giovanni Gronchi at the British Embassy in Rome on 4th May 1961.
The Queen was one of the few guests in attendance at the wedding in Windsor on Friday.
The couple were married in a small family ceremony that took place at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, with the permission of the Queen.
The couple decided to hold a small private ceremony with their parents and siblings following the postponement of their wedding in May.
Working within government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family.