Royal fans can now get a close-up look at Princess Beatrice's wedding dress.
The princess's gown, loaned to her by her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, is now on display at Windsor Castle. The stunning Sir Norman Hartnell–designed dress was first worn by the queen in the 1960s and was loaned to Beatrice for her July wedding to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The vintage creation, made of ivory peau de soie taffeta, features hand-embroidered detailing adorning the bodice, as well as a skirt trimmed in ivory duchess satin. On the day of, Beatrice paired her gown with the queen's own wedding day tiara.
Starting Thursday, the wedding dress will be available for pubic viewing in the State Dining Room at Windsor Castle, one of the Semi-State Rooms, which is open to the public every year between September and March. The display rooms were originally created to serve as private apartments for George IV, but are now used by the queen for official entertaining from time to time. Beatrice paid a visit herself to view the dress ahead of it being open to the public.
Hartnell, the designer behind many of the queen's signature ensembles during the first half of her reign, also created the dress that the queen wore to marry Prince Philip in 1947 and the gown she wore for her official coronation in 1953.
Beatrice's surprise summer wedding was a pared-down affair compared to most royal wedding ceremonies. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Beatrice's plans to have a reception in the Buckingham Palace gardens were canceled to adhere to U.K. government COVID-19 protocol. Instead, Beatrice married Mozzi in an intimate ceremony at Windsor castle with a guest list of around 30 of their closest family and friends.
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