FeatureNewsSee Princess Beatrice’s wedding dress at Windsor Castle

September 23, 20200
Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress is going on display at Windsor Castle


Royalists can now enjoy a temporary display of Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress at Windsor Castle (24 Sep-22 Nov).

The Queen lent the dress to her granddaughter for her wedding on 17 July 2020.

The princess married the property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Castle.

The dress

The dress was made from ivory taffeta for the Queen in the 1960s. It was created by the late British designer Sir Norman Hartnell.

However, the princess altered the original design.

The full skirt was softened to make it more contemporary, and the underskirt and petticoats were recreated and bound with silk tulle.

Short sleeves of triple organza were added to the straps and embroidered with vintage diamantés to match the original Hartnell embroidery design.

The bodice, waist and hips were also embellished with hand-embroidered crystals and diamantés in a geometric pattern.

HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress goes on display at Windsor Castle © RCT
HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress goes on display at Windsor Castle © RCT
The designer

Hartnell started designing for Queen Elizabeth (the future Queen Mother) in 1937 and later for her daughter, the Queen.

As well as the Queen’s wedding dress in 1947, Hartnell designed her Coronation dress in 1953. In addition to these iconic outfits, he designed clothes for tours, family occasions and state events such as a dinner at the British Embassy in Rome in 1961.

As a result, Hartnell was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1957. He was also knighted by the Queen in 1977, two years before his death.

The exhibition

In addition to the dress, visitors to Windsor Castle can also see the princess’s wedding shoes, which were made by Valentino.

HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress goes on display at Windsor Castle © RCT

The Queen previously wore the shoes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.

Furthermore, a replica of the Queen’s bridal bouquet has been created from artificial flowers for the display.

The bouquet was designed by Patrice Van Helden, co-owner of RVH Floral Design.

It features trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas and pink O’Hara roses, as well as sprigs of myrtle in a nod to royal tradition.

The temporarily exhibition is included in a ticket to Windsor Castle.


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