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Princess Beatrice’s Royal Micro Wedding

Princess Beatrice royal wedding floral arch

Hopping on the micro wedding trend on Friday, July 17th, Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Royal Chapel of All Saints. Estimates are that there were about 20 guests in attendance, likely mostly their immediate families.

This floral arch is out of this world. Proving that micro weddings can still have statement decor that takes your breath away. I would estimate this arch is about $4000. I recently wrote about the cost of wedding decor pieces in DC.

Princess Beatrice wedding - dress - tiara - Queen Elizabeth
a socially distanced wedding portrait

A press release reveals that at the wedding the bride’s and groom’s mothers read “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare and “[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” by E.E. Cummings. 

I have written about my favorite wedding ceremony readings, but these two are also great choices. Ceremony readings are a great way to honor certain guests at your micro wedding.

Princess Beatrice’s Micro Wedding Fashion

Princess Beatrice wedding - vintage dress - tiara - micro wedding

Beatrice wore a vintage ivory Peau de Soie taffeta dress by Norman Hartnell — which Queen Elizabeth previously wore on formal occasions. You can see that Beatrice had short organza sleeves added to the gown for her micro wedding.

royal wedding dress Princess Beatrice Queen Elizabeth vintage
2020 – 1962
recent royal weddings - Beatrice, Eugenie, Catherine, Meghan - tiara, dress, bouquet
Beatrice, Eugenie, Catherine, Meghan

Beatrice wore her hair down, like Princess Kate, for the wedding. In recent years, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie had loose up-dos for their wedding ceremonies.

I love that Beatrice brought some color, albeit subtly, into the bouquet and other micro wedding florals. We did not see many colors in the flowers at the other recent royal weddings. Her bridal bouquet is much more similar to what we see in US weddings in shape and style than what we have seen from the others’ bouquets.

Beatrice also wore the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which Queen Elizabeth wore at her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip.

royal wedding tiara Princess Beatrice Queen Elizabeth

Queen Victoria gave Queen Mary a diamond necklace for her wedding day in 1893. The necklace was fashioned into the Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara by E. Wolff and Co. for Garrard in 1919. It consists of diamonds set in gold and silver, and features 47 taller diamond bars (that seem to be channel set) separated by shorter diamond spikes (that seem to be pave set.) The queen mother (QE2’s mother, also named Elizabeth) also wore this tiara. It is rumored that Queen Elizabeth has saved this spectacular and favorite tiara to loan to Princess Beatrice on her wedding day; a testament to how close the two are.

Princess Anne also wore the diamond fringe tiara in 1973 on her wedding day.

history of the queen mary diamond fringe tiara - Princess Beatrice, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother, Queen Victoria
Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice

Typically after the grand wedding ceremony and luncheon, the royal bride will change into a different gown for the evening soiree. We can assume that Beatrice will have a large celebration in the future, and we will get to see her second gown at that time.

royal wedding second dresses - Catherine, Eugenie, Meghan
Catherine, Eugenie, Meghan

Photos from Princess Beatrice’s wedding are by Benjamin Wheeler.

If you like this post, you will probably also like my post about Meg’s Wedding in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.