Princess Beatrice gave royal fans a special preview of her private wedding, held ‘behind closed doors’ during the coronavirus lockdown. The Queen’s granddaughter married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July, after her initial May wedding date was postponed due to the pandemic. The wedding took place at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, with only immediate family present.
The dress was loaned to the bride by her grandmother, the Queen, who first wore the dress to a state dinner in Rome in 1961.
Her Majesty wore the dress two more times in the 1960s: the London premiere of the film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and the official opening of Parliament in 1966.
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Following in the footsteps of Meghan Markle and her sister Princess Eugenie, the Royal Collection Trust has announced that Princess Beatrice’s items will be on display to the public at Windsor Castle from September 24.
ITV Royal producer Lizzie Robinson said: “Princess Beatrice’s dress will be on display starting September 24. Just like Meghan and Eugenie did.
“It’s especially charming because Beatrice had to organize her wedding behind closed doors, and no member of the public got to see her. ”
Chris Ship, editor of ITV News, added: “It was not just because of COVID, but also this controversy around his father, Prince Andrew. “
In a last minute request at her wedding, Princess Beatrice borrowed the Queen’s gown for her wedding dress.
A friend of the bride told PEOPLE: “Beatrice applied to borrow one from the Queen, and it was kindly granted – and it looked amazing!
“It was touching for both of them. ”
The wedding itself took place just two weeks after the UK government announced that the marriage ban due to lockdown measures would be lifted on July 4.
A source told PEOPLE: “They took action and got it all in place in two weeks, which is pretty amazing. “