Britain’s Princess Beatrice married in a vintage dress lent to her by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, the Associated Press and British media reported.
The British queen’s granddaughter also wore the diamond tiara with which Queen Elizabeth II wore a wreath to Prince Philip in 1947. On July 17, Princess Beatrice, daughter of the royal son Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, married the construction entrepreneur Edoardo Mapelli Motzi in a modest ceremony, BTA reports.
Buckingham Palace has published two official photos of the wedding, which took place in the chapel of Windsor Castle. In one of the photos are only the two newlyweds, and in the other they pose with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in front of the chapel. The British monarch (94) and Prince Philip (99) secluded themselves in Windsor Castle due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus in April.
Buckingham Palace announced that all government regulations for measures against the spread of the new coronavirus had been complied with for the wedding. London has allowed the wedding celebrations from July 4, provided that the guests are not more than 30 people and observe a social distance. Music was played at the wedding, but there were no live performances, the national anthem was recorded. Among the 20 guests at the celebration, in addition to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, were the parents and family members of the two newlyweds. Prince Andrew took his daughter Beatrice to the altar, but was not in the official wedding photos. In November, he withdrew from public appearances over the scandal surrounding his acquaintance, the American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of organizing prostitution and sexual abuse of minors and committed suicide in prison.
The queen lent her granddaughter Beatrice, 31, an ivory taffeta dress created by Queen designer Norman Hartnell. Organza sleeves for Princess Beatrice were added to the dress. Elizabeth II wore the dress in 1962 to the premiere of Lawrence of Arabia.
Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Motzi were due to get married in a lavish ceremony at St James’s Castle in London in May, but the wedding was postponed due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. The queen gave her granddaughter a dress and a tiara to make her wedding day special, which was postponed and deprived of splendor due to the pandemic and the inconvenience of the problems around her father, the British Daily Mail wrote.
Beatrice chose to marry at Windsor Palace so that her grandparents could attend the ceremony. The granddaughter’s wedding was the first public event in which Prince Philip participated in the last year. This is also the first wedding of a member of the royal family, which has been held behind closed doors for the public for 235 years.
The bride’s sister, Princess Eugenie, is the groom’s best man. The godfather and best man was four-year-old Wolfe, Edoardo’s son from his relationship with the American architect Dara Huang. Edoardo Coco and Freddy’s nephews were also groomsmen.
The guests celebrated the event with a reception at the Royal Lodge, the residence of Prince Andrew and Sarah.