20 Jul A ROYAL WEDDING.
Who doesn’t love a royal wedding? when Princess Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married in secret on Friday, a secret ceremony held at Windsors All Saints Chapel in Friday morning. Due to the aspects of social distancing the couple kept the guest list very small, only inviting 20 close people, including Queen Elizabeth 11, her husband Prince Phillip along side Sarah Ferguson and her father Prince Andrew .
Everyone waited in the anticipation of what she would be wearing, unlike other royal brides, Princess Beatrice borrowed a stunning 1962 gown originally created by the royal couturier Norman Hartnell.
Norman Hartnell was a sought-after designer in the 20th century. He Created iconic gowns both Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress and coronation gown, in addition to Princess Margaret’s wedding look, which is still one of our personal favourites at Creatiques
The gown originally worn to the film premier of LAURENCE OF ARABIA in 1962 had the Queen’s trusted dressmakers, Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin, remodelled and fitted the Hartnell design to flatter the Princess. The original dress a tight fitted bodice with a full circular petticoated skirt made from Peau De Soie taffeta and organza, trimmed with Duchess satin, and encrusted with diamanté, was transformed into a modern almost 1980’modern styling with puffed sleeves added and the petticoats taken out to give the gown a new slim line look.
Her jewellery was simple, with the tiara is also the one the queen wore at her own wedding in 1947. There is a story behind this tiara, on the queens own wedding day the tiara broke in half, but crisis was averted when the princess’s tiara was rushed away by a police escort to the Garrard workshop who fixed the tiara and returned it to the bride to be with minutes to spare before she had to leave to marry prince Phillip.
Known as the Queen Mary tiara, this piece was originally a necklace given as a wedding present to Queen Mary by Queen Victoria, this ended up passing to the Queen Mother for her wedding; The Queen then chose it as her “something borrowed” for her own wedding.
The tiara was later also worn for Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips in 1973, so this has a lot of amazing history.
We first thought when we saw the gown before finding out the history that the bead work on the bodice and skirt mirrored the strands of upright throngs on the tiara.
WE AT CREATIQUES LOVED THIS.
The flowers were incredible and such an “in “colour for this future seasons of weddings.
The hidden meanings in Princess Beatrice’s wedding flowers
It was a secret wedding that was all over before we even knew it was on. Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took us all by surprise by marrying discreetly at Windsor on July 17th 2020. The bride and groom emerged from their ceremony beneath a huge arch of bloom, mirroring the shades in Beatrice’s bouquet. And the flowers carried by the princess for her marriage at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor are filled with significance as well as prettiness.
Beatrice’s bouquet was a medium sized, hand tied posy in pink and cream, created by Patrice Van Helden of RVH Floral Design. It’s very modern and very summery and, according to the language of flowers so beloved by Beatrice’s favourite ancestor, Queen Victoria, it’s very romantic.
The white jasmine in the bouquet signifies ”amiability”, which is always a good start for a marriage, while the waxflower is an increasingly popular pick for bridal bouquets as it symbolises ”long lasting success” and a happy wedding. The pink astilbe dotted amongst the showier blooms signifies ”dedication to a loved one”.
The sweet peas in this pretty posy have many meanings including ”blissful love” while the traditional myrtle, taken from a plant traced back to Queen Victoria, denotes love and has long been a symbol of marriage.
Roses are amongst the most romantic of flowers but their meaning does change according to the colours used. Beatrice’s bouquet included O’Hara garden roses which are known for their fabulous fragrance and large blooms. The princess chose a pale pink version of this flower for her bridal posy, which gives the rose the meanings of ”perfect happiness” as well as ”grace” and joy”.
But it’s the white roses in Beatrice’s bouquet that are perhaps the most symbolic. The porcelain ivory spray roses have the meaning of ”innocence” but they can also denote ”secrecy”, ideal for a wedding that the outside world had no idea was taking place until it was over. But most importantly, for a bride who walked into her wedding as Princess Beatrice of York, the white rose is the famous symbol of her family name.
The wedding bouquet took on even more significance when it was placed, following royal tradition, on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey following the ceremony.