PRINCESS Beatrice took royal fans by surprise almost two weeks ago when she secretly married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor – and now eagle-eyed fans have spotted another interesting detail.
Her wedding dress, a stunning vintage ivory gown, bears a striking similarity to the dress Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, wore at her 2011 wedding to former rugby player Mike Tindall. The main, unusual similarity between the two weddings is that both royals chose to add an ivory Duchess satin trim on the bottom of their dresses, giving the styles a flowing movement.
Beatrice borrowed her gown, a vintage Norman Hartnell, from the Queen, becoming the first royal bride who chose a second-hand dress.
The dress, made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, with organza sleeves, was embellished with diamanté details and a geometric checkered bodice.
But Beatrice’s gown was not originally made as a wedding dress, as it did not adhere to the rules of a place of worship, due to her shoulders being on display.
It went through minor modifications, as well as an addition of organza sleeves, to look the way the bride wanted.
Princess Beatrice’s wedding had similarities to Zara Tindall’s nuptials (Image: Getty)
Zara’s dress, a custom made full-skirted silk faille gown, also featured a bodice, but hers was a chevron pleated one.
She complemented her dress with a fine tulle veil and her hair up in a low bun.
Another similarity between the two styles is that they were attended to by one of Her Majesty’s favourite designers, Stewart Parvin.
Mr Parvin designed Zara’s dress in full, and he added the sleeves to Beatrice’s dress so her shoulders would be covered.
Zara and Mike Tindall’s wedding day (Image: Getty)
But there was one main difference between the two royal weddings when it came to the size of the events.
While Zara had a big summer service at Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, which was attended by all senior members of the royal family, Princess Beatrice opted for a private ceremony attended by just a few of the couple’s closest people.
The ceremony featured strict social distancing measures in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In a statement following the ceremony, Buckingham Palace said: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday, July 17, at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
“The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and other close family members.
“The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government guidelines.”
According to a friend of the couple, guests who were invited to the original date were understanding, although “disappointed” they could not attend the high-profile event.
The source said: “A massive wedding was out of the question because of coronavirus.
“They were obviously very keen for the Queen to come so the wedding had to happen before she goes up to Balmoral, so this was a great opportunity.
“So many guests were disappointed not to make the big day, but understood the reason for it.
“They needed to make the wedding Covid-secure and safe for the Queen, so what better way than the All Saints Chapel with reception on site at the Royal Lodge.
“They are just like a normal family and had to make sacrifices like many others have up and down the country, and looking forward to having a wonderful celebration when the time is right.”
Prior to her wedding, Beatrice had been engaged to millionaire property developer Edoardo, since October 2018.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK