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

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

Instead of pushing the wedding back to the following 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 with just close family present.

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

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

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stand alongside Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, after their wedding

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stand alongside Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, after their wedding

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

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

The gown was made with Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, complete with  puffed organza sleeves, which had been added for Beatrice.

It was beautifully finished with intricate diamante embellishment to the bodice.  

The dress had been re-modelled by Her Late Majesty’s dresser, Angela Kelly and and royal dress designer Stewart Parvin.

The accessories were recycled, also.

The Princess topped off her ensemble with the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which Queen Elizabeth had worn to marry Prince Philip on November 20, 1947.

Beatrice matched the ornate bridalwear with a pair of champagne satin Valentino heels, which she had worn to Charles and Camilla’s Wales’s wedding in 2011. 

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

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

For her big day, Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell, 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 Royal Lodge following their wedding

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

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

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

Like royal brides before her, Beatrice sent her wedding bouquet to be laid at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

During the 30-minute service, the mothers of the bride and groom, Sarah Ferguson and Nikki Williams-Ellis, read the happy couple’s favourite poems: I Carry You In My Heart by E E Cummings and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 (Let me not to the marriage of true minds…).

Edoardo’s son three-year-old Wolfie played the roles of best man and pageboy.

Prince Andrew walked his daughter Beatrice down the aisle but he did not feature in any of the photographs shared with the public. 

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at the Odeon, Leicester Square, in 1962, wearing the same Peau De Soie taffeta dress by Norman Hartnell that was worn by Princess Beatrice at her wedding

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at the Odeon, Leicester Square, in 1962, wearing the same Peau De Soie taffeta dress by Norman Hartnell that was worn by Princess Beatrice at her wedding

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding at St. George's Chapel in October 2018 cost the British taxpayer £2 million

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel in October 2018 cost the British taxpayer £2 million

It was all quite a contrast with her sister Princess Eugenie’s lavish ceremony in 2018. 

While there is no confirmed figure reported for the wedding, it is believed that Princess Beatrice’s wedding cost taxpayers nothing.

British taxpayer money has generally gone towards the security cost involved in royal weddings with the Palace paying for the more private aspects of the day.

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

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