The Special Meaning Behind Princess Beatrice's Wedding Dress

On July 17th, 2020, Princess Beatrice married her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private ceremony, per Good To Know. The couple initially crossed paths in 2018, The Sun reported, and according to a close friend, Beatrice and Mozzi "have the same circle of friends and were introduced by a mutual chum," and they hit it off instantly. "Everyone is thrilled that Bea is so happy and in such a good place," the source concluded.

The couple would celebrate their relationship at their summer wedding ceremony in 2020, which took place at Windsor Castle with a guest list of around 20 friends and family including the Queen, Prince Philip, and Beatrice's parents. While her wedding was due to take place in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, Beatrice was still able to wear her stunningly beautiful wedding dress (via Instagram) which shared significant meaning between Beatrice and her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Princess Beatrice's wedding dress has a special connection to the Queen

In the months following Princess Beatrice's wedding to Edoardo Maeplli Mozzi, her wedding dress was put on display in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace (via the Royal Collection Trust). As noted by a post shared by the Royal Family on Instagram, the dress was designed by British fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell, and was first worn by Queen Elizabeth II to the premiere of "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962. The Queen loaned the dress to her granddaughter for her big day, which Beatrice was immensely grateful for. "It was an honour to wear my grandmother's beautiful dress on my wedding day," she wrote on Twitter following the news of the exhibition.

The dress was altered for Beatrice as well, which included softening the dress "to give it a more contemporary, simplified shape" as the Royal Collection Trust Notes, in addition to short sleeves and embroidered vintage diamantés to match the original design. Each alteration is reversible, so the dress can return to how it was originally made for the Queen.