WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – The robe worn by Britain’s Princess Beatrice at her scaled down wedding ceremony two months in the past goes on show to the general public on Thursday at Windsor Fortress the place her “secret” marriage occurred.
Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on the citadel to the west of London in July in a personal ceremony with out the standard pomp and fanfare that royal weddings normally entice.
The couple had deliberate to marry in Could however the coronavirus lockdown, which restricted the variety of visitors, compelled them to reschedule and have a low-key ceremony as an alternative which was solely attended by shut household together with the 94-year-old monarch.
For the event, Beatrice, 32, the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, the queen’s second son, and Sarah, Duchess of York, wore a reworked taffeta, ivory gown designed by Norman Hartnell which Elizabeth herself first wore within the 1960s and loaned to her granddaughter for the marriage.
The ninth-in-line to the British throne was reunited along with her gown on the citadel on Wednesday for a photocall to publicize the upcoming show.
“This royal wedding ceremony gown is especially distinctive as a result of I believe it’s the primary time in royal historical past and positively in fashionable royal historical past, say from the 18th or 19th century onwards, that an present gown … has been reworn and was a marriage gown,” stated the show’s curator Caroline de Guitaut.
“So it’s a really particular, very distinctive piece.”
Additionally to go on show at Windsor will probably be Beatrice’s wedding ceremony sneakers, made by Valentino, and a duplicate of her bridal bouquet. Nevertheless, the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which the queen wore for her personal wedding ceremony in 1947 and lent Beatrice for the day, is not going to characteristic.
Reporting by Michael Holden; enhancing by Sarah Younger
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