Princess Beatrice Wedding: The surprising history behind the Princess of York’s tiara

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PRINCESS BEATRICE married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a small ceremony in Windsor, but there was a very special hidden message behind the Princess’ wedding day tiara.

The Queen loaned a gorgeous diamond fringe tiara to her granddaughter for the exclusive event. The tiara holds a long royal history spanning back to the nineteenth century. In 1919, Queen Mary asked the jewellers House of Garrard to create a tiara from a necklace. The necklace had been gifted to Queen Mary by Queen Victoria who had herself received it as a wedding gift in 1893. The London jewellers made a diadem crown out of 47 tapered diamond bars. The original design was influenced by a Russian kokoshnik which is an ornate halo-shaped headdress worn by women of the country’s imperial court, according to Vogue.
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The Queen loaned a gorgeous diamond fringe tiara to her granddaughter (Image: PA)
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The Queen wore the tiara on her wedding day in 1947 (Image: PA) Then in 1936, Queen Mary gave the tiara to the Queen Mother. She lent it to her daughter, who was then Princess Elizabeth, for her wedding to Prince Philip. Before Her Majesty was due to wear the tiara, it is believed to have snapped. But a court jeweller fixed the broken crown in time for the Queen to wear it for her wedding day in 1947.
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Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi leaving the Royal Chapel of All Saints (Image: PA) The Queen Mother also loaned the tiara to her granddaughter Princess Anne for her wedding to Mark Phillips. Around 500 million people watched the ceremony held at Westminster Abbey. The Queen, just like her mother, extended the same offer to her granddaughter Princess Beatrice. The diamonds have now been worn by five royal Windsor women.
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Her Majesty wore the same dress to a performance of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 (Image: PA)
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The newly weds with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (Image: PA) The Queen also loaned Princess Beatrice a vintage dress for her wedding day on Friday. The Norman Hartnell design is made from taffeta and decorated with ivory satin. Her Majesty wore the same dress to a performance of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. The monarch’s dresser, Angela Kelly, refitted the gown for Princess Beatrice. Over the weekend, Buckingham Palace released pictures of the royal wedding. One picture shows Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi leaving the Royal Chapel of All Saints through a floral archway. Another portrays the newly weds with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
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The Queen also loaned Princess Beatrice a vintage dress for her wedding day (Image: PA) In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Mapelli Mozzi have been touched by the warm wishes they have received since their wedding, and are delighted to share two additional photographs of their happy day.” The photographs show Princess Beatrice wearing the special tiara and vintage gown. The royal couple originally planned to marry in May but had to postpone due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sourrce: EXPRESS CO UK