PRINCESS BEATRICE married her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday in an intimate ceremony in the picturesque Royal Chapel of All Saints. But how did Princess Beatrice echo Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle on her wedding day?
Princess Beatrice finally married her property tycoon fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday after delays and cancellations in the wake of lockdown measures. Bea was one of tens of thousands of brides who faced upheaval to her big day as coronavirus hit the UK.
The couple wed in an intimate ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in the grounds of Royal Lodge, Windsor.
In attendance were a select number of family members, including Bea’s father Prince Andrew who walked her down the aisle.
The wedding had to adhere to current Government guidance, meaning no songs were sung, the ceremony had to be as short as possible and social distancing abided by where possible.
Adorable photos released by Buckingham Palace show Beatrice and Edo beaming arm in arm as they exited the church, which was decorated with a stunning floral arch.
Princess Beatrice wedding: Beatrice married Edoardo on Friday in an intimate ceremony (Image: GETTY/PA)
Princess Beatrice wedding: The couple wed at Royal Chapel of All Saints on Friday (Image: PA)
How did Princess Beatrice echo Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day?
In many ways, Princess Beatrice’s wedding was not a traditional royal wedding, with a pared back guestlist, ceremony and no wedding reception as per Government rules.
However, there was one tradition Beatrice stuck to which was also seen at Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s weddings.
Princess Beatrice’s wedding bouquet included the bride and groom’s favourite flowers, and also followed a royal tradition dating back 162 years.
Princess Beatrice wedding: The ceremony was attended by the couples’ family (Image: PA)
Princess Beatrice wedding: The pair had face delays after their May wedding was postponed (Image: PA)
Princess Beatrice wedding: Both Meghan and Kate featured Myrtle in their bouquets (Image: GETTY)
She carried a bouquet of trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink waxflower, baby pink astilbe and, in keeping with royal tradition, sprigs of myrtle.
Royal brides carrying a sprig of myrtle in their bouquet dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria on February 10, 1840.
Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace and chose to feature the flowering plant in her bouquet.
Princess Victoria, Victoria and Albert’s oldest daughter, followed suit and also chose myrtle for her wedding bouquet.
Myrtle represents love, fertility and innocence and has been chosen by brides like the Queen, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie.
For around 170 years the plant has been grown at Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s holiday home on the Isle of Wight.
Queen Victoria was first given myrtle in a posy by Prince Albert’s grandmother in 1845.
The descendants of this plant are still in the grounds of the house today.
Princess Beatrice wedding: Bea’s bouquet followed a long royal tradition (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice wedding: Beatrice wore a dress the Queen had worn in 1962 (Image: PA)
In another nod to tradition, Beatrice wore a tiara loaned to her by the Queen, something often seen in other royal weddings.
Beatrice wore the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which the Queen wore on her own wedding day in 1947.
The Queen also lent a dress to her granddaughter, which was tailored to fit the bride perfectly.
Buckingham Palace said the vintage dress was remodelled and fitted by the Queen’s senior dresser Angela Kelly and designer Stewart Parvin.
The dress appears to be a modified version of the gown the Queen wore to the world premiere of Lawrence Of Arabia at the Odeon Leicester Square in December 1962.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, told PA: “I think it’s a tremendous compliment to Beatrice and the whole York family that the Queen would lend one of her vintage dresses.
“It’s charming, something mothers and daughters do. It says a lot more than anything that this has happened.”
In a royal first, Princess Beatrice’s wedding is the only royal wedding to have been held at Royal Chapel of All Saints, on her parent’s estate, Royal Lodge in Windsor.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK