Over the weekend, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi tied the knot in a very intimate ceremony after having to postpone their original May date due to the current global pandemic. It was quite the surprise for royal fans who weren’t expecting the announcement considering the situation the world finds itself in.

While a royal wedding is always a hot topic, what people really can’t stop talking about is Beatrice’s stunning vintage wedding dress. The dress is actually second-hand which she borrowed from her grandmother, the Queen, making the perfect ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’ combined item. It is being described as an unexpected yet stylish choice from the bride’s end.

The dress was originally designed by couturier Norman Hartnell who designed both the Queen’s and Princess Margaret’s wedding dresses. The dress “is made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin, with organza sleeves,” the palace said in a statement.

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“It is encrusted with diamante and has a geometric checkered bodice. Angela Kelly, the queen’s dressmaker and designer Stewart Parvin, who specialises in bridal design, remodelled the dress to fit the princess. Queen Elizabeth wore the dress on at least two occasions in the ‘60s: to the film premier of Lawrence of Arabia and to a state dinner in Rome.

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Princess Beatrice, like many other royal brides before her, paired her dress with a tiara. She chose the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, the very same sparkler her grandmother wore for her big day. Princess Anne, the queen’s only daughter, also borrowed the tiara for her nuptials.

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Beatrice and Edo got hitched at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge – her childhood home. The wedding was reportedly a small and private affair attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with close relatives.

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