Princess Beatrice and Edo surprised the world yesterday with the news that had secretly married, after postponing their May nuptials. Tonight we got two official photos of the day, and found out those fashion details! We take a look at Beatrice’s wedding dress.

This official wedding photograph Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi shows them outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor after their wedding, with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire.

Beatrice chose a dress that belonged to her grandmother, The Queen, for her big day, having it slightly remodelled to suit her. This was a gown from the 1960s by Norman Hartnell; originally, the dress featured thick straps and a square neckline, with dark silver beading. A geometric diamond pattern at the neckline moves into simple lines slanting inwards, to the waist, then flaring outwards down the skirt. These lines end in a larger, circular detail, at the mid-thigh.

The bride had a wide band of satin added to the hem (perhaps the dress was damaged at the hem, or needed lengthening?), as well as organza puff sleeves with beads and embellishment.

Princess Beatrice in a gown that once was worn by The Queen. Benjamin Wheeler/PA

NEW PHOTOS: We have two new photos of the couple, which gives us an even better look at the gown.

Princess Beatrice wore a 1960s gown from The Queen’s collection, adding sleeves and a satin hem

Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin – who regularly work together on Her Majesty’s wardrobe – altered the dress to fit her. Parvin also created Zara Tindall’s dress in 2011, featuring a similar satin band.

Zara Phillips married England rugby star Tindall in July 2011 at Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk. Andrew Parsons / i-Images

It was worn by Her Majesty in both 1962, for the world charity premiere of the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, and again in 1966 to the State Opening of Parliament. See the original below.

Beatrice wore Queen Mary’s fringe tiara to hold her long veil in place; it was also worn by Princess Elizabeth on her own wedding day in 1947. The tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard & Co. in 1919; a kokoshnik-style piece, it consists of 47 graduated brilliant and rose-set tapering bars, separated by 46 narrower spikes.

The fringe-style piece can also be removed from its frame for use as a necklace.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day; she wears a modified dress of The Queens and Queen Marys fringe tiara. Benjamin Wheeler/PA
Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress was made by Norman Hartnell (royal collection)

We got a peek at metallic shoes underneath the dress, met at the ground with her cascading veil. We’re on the look for them now!

Princess Beatrice’s wedding shoes were textured and metallic

UPDATED: the new photo shows us better – they are her Valentino studded heels from 2011. Note the v-shaped vamp and the studded crystal embellishment.

Princess Beatrices wedding shoes
Valentino studded suede ankle strap heels

As seen at William and Kate’s wedding:

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Her wedding ring was a simple gold band, made by Shaun Leane, like her engagement ring. Edo’s was made by Josh Collins.

The bridal bouquet followed royal tradition and was taken to Westminster Abbey.

We just love that Beatrice repurposed one of The Queen’s dresses, not only a sentimental decision, but an environmental one too! What did you think?

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2 thoughts on “UPDATED: Princess Beatrice remodels Queen’s 1960s dress for wedding day”

  1. I think wearing of a family heirloom is very appropriate for women getting married; especially for first time brides. this was always a custom in our family in the southwest USA… we also take part of a wedding dress and make our children’s christening outfits. We also made baby bonnets or hankie dolls out of the hankerchiefs our grooms carried. Keepsakes are truly important.

    it is said that the family treasures are the best! I agree.

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