PRINCESS BEATRICE honoured one special royal tradition in her wedding to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on July 17.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo tied the knot in a surprise ceremony in Windsor, which included just 20 guests. The couple had to postpone their original wedding, which was to be held in late May and expected to be a much grander affair, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Beatrice and Edo opted for a low-key and intimate ceremony and became the first ever royal couple to say “I do” in the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park.
Beatrice did, however, honour a decades-old royal tradition in her secret ceremony.
The Princess’s bouquet included sprigs of myrtle, which is a royal tradition dating back to the 1858 wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s oldest daughter, also named Victoria.
Myrtle has since become the symbol of marriage within bridal bouquets.
A sprig of myrtle was incorporated into the bouquet of Princess Eugenie, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and even Queen Elizabeth II.
Princess Beatrice wedding: Princess Beatrice honoured royal tradition in one special way (Image: Getty)
Princess Beatrice wedding: Beatrice and Edo were married on July 17 (Image: PA)
The glossy, green shrub is commonly thought to be the flower of love and marriage, so it comes as no surprise to see myrtle in royal bouquets.
But the myrtle does not just come from any old bush in Britain, but rather, comes straight from Queen Victoria’s own 170-year-old garden.
According to The Telegraph, the myrtle plant was given to the monarch in the 1800s by Prince Albert’s grandmother.
Beatrice’s bouquet was designed by Patrice Van Helden, co-owner of RVH Floral Design.
Princess Beatrice wedding: The couple tied the knot in the All Saints Church in Windsor Great Park (Image: PA)
RVH is no stranger to royal weddings and they designed and created Princess Eugenie’s bouquet when she married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
Mr Van Helden told Town & Country: “To be asked to create a Royal bouquet is the greatest honour. To be asked again was beyond! I hope we did Princess Beatrice proud.”
Following the ceremony, Princess Beatrice followed another Royal wedding tradition when she sent her bouquet to the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
This tradition, which is almost 100-years-old, began with Lady Elizabeth Bowles Lyon, who would later become the Queen Mother.
Princess Beatrice wedding: The bouquet was placed on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior (Image: PA)
When she married the future King George VI in 1923, the bride laid her bouquet on the tomb as a tribute to her brother Fergus, who was killed in combat during World War I.
Since then, royal brides have continued following the sweet tradition.
The Princess did, however, steer away from tradition when she decided to add colour into her bouquet.
Notably, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie all chose a monochrome look for their bridal flowers.
It is likely, however, Beatrice was inspired by her mother, the Duchess of York, who included yellow flowers in her wedding bouquet.
Mr Van Helden added: “They wanted to keep it natural, with dusky pink roses, British flower and a vintage look.
“It has been a huge honour and privilege to be a part of this special and magical day.
“They are friends of ours, and my sister and I are both blown away by the reaction we’ve had.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK