You already know our weakness for the History of fashion and wedding dresses. That is why we could not stop writing a post –the first of the new season– about the dress that Princess Beatrice married.
The coronavirus caused that, like so many couples, Beatrice and the Italian businessman Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi had to postpone their wedding last spring. However, once restrictions were lifted in the United Kingdom, the couple decided to marry in an intimate and secret ceremony on July 17, held at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
The dress that the Princess chose for the occasion was not signed by any of the fashion designers, but belonged to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. It was designed by couturier Norman Hartnell in the 1960s for different social events, and adjusted for the occasion by Angela Kelly, advisor to the Queen, and designer Stewart Parvin.
It only took subtle changes like organza sleeves and a straight finish replacing the original puff, to turn the design into a new dress. In addition, the Princess also wore the Queen Mary tiara that the Queen Elizabeth married in 1947. A nod to grandmother’s love.
And a wonderful example of what the Covid-19 has caused: weddings of hundreds of guests turned into intimate and emotional ceremonies standing up to adversity.