Princess Beatrice and Edoardo’s budget wedding – including a second-hand gown borrowed by the Queen

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo's budget wedding - including a second-hand gown borrowed by the Queen

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were not the only young couple to have their 2020 wedding ceremony disrupted and postponed due to Covid-19.

Instead of pushing the wedding to next year, however – the choice of many in their situation – they chose to have a more intimate ceremony just a few weeks later.

The wedding, originally scheduled for May 29, took place on July 17 in the presence of only close family.

And they exchanged the prestigious Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, the main venue, for the Chapel Royal of All Saints, their childhood family home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Royal Lodge in Windsor on 17 July 2020 in a socially distanced ceremony attended by their immediate family.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stand next to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside the Chapel Royal of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor after their wedding

The ceremony was attended by around 20 guests including the late Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh and parents and siblings.

For her big day, Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell dress borrowed from her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who first wore the dress to a 1961 state dinner in Rome.

The gown was made of peau de soe taffeta in a shade of ivory, which was added for Beatrice with puffed organza sleeves.

It was beautifully finished with intricate diamante embellishment.

The dress was re-modelled by her late majesty’s dresser, Angela Kelly, and royal costume designer Stuart Parvin.

Accessories were recycled, too.

Princess Queen Mary paired hers with the Diamond Fringe Tiara, which Queen Elizabeth wore to marry Prince Philip on November 20, 1947.

Beatrice matched the embellished bridal gown with champagne satin Valentino heels, which she wore to the wedding of Charles and Camilla Wells in 2011.

The socially-distanced event at the Chapel Royal of All Saints was the first royal wedding behind closed doors for 235 years.

For her big day, Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell dress on loan from her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi stand in the doorway of the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge after their wedding

The church was decorated with pink and white delphiniums, roses, wax flowers and hydrangeas from Windsor Great Park.

While Beatrice carried trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink wax flowers, baby pink astilbe flowers (false goat’s beard) and sprigs of myrtle.

Like royal brides before her, Beatrice sent her wedding bouquet to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

During the 30-minute service, the bride and groom’s mothers, Sarah Ferguson and Nicky Williams-Ellis, read the happy couple’s favorite poems: I Carry You in My Heart (Let me marry not true heart…) by EE Cummings and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

Edoardo’s son, three-year-old Wolfie, plays best man and pageboy.

Prince Andrew walked his daughter Beatrice down the aisle but did not appear in any photos shared with the public.

Queen Elizabeth II arrived at the Odeon, Leicester Square, in 1962, wearing the same Pew de Soye taffeta dress by Norman Hartnell that Princess Beatrice wore to her wedding.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in October 2018 cost British taxpayers £2m

It was a stark contrast to her sister Princess Eugenie’s lavish ceremony in 2018.

Although no confirmed figures have been reported for the wedding, it is believed that Princess Beatrice’s wedding cost taxpayers nothing.

British taxpayer money usually goes towards the security costs involved in royal weddings, and the palace pays for the more private aspects of the day.

Eugenie’s wedding, which involved a carriage ride around Windsor, cost the public purse nearly £2 million.

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