Princess Beatrice's touching choice of attire for her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

Princess Beatrice and her fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Princess Beatrice and her fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Photo credit: Reuters

Princess Beatrice wore a hand-me-down wedding gown and tiara from her grandmother, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at her wedding to British-Italian property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, it has been revealed.

The intimate, secretive ceremony took place on Friday (local time) at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, a church on the grounds of the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.

Beatrice's ivory dress and diamond tiara were loaned to her by the Queen, People reports, who was one of just 20 or so close friends and family members who attended the nuptials. Beatrice's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and grandfather Prince Philip were also among the guests.

Beatrice's vintage Peau de Soie taffeta dress was crafted by Norman Hartnell, the designer who made the Queen's very own wedding gown. The 31-year-old also donned Her Majesty's Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, worn by the monarch for her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip. 

According to a source, the Queen saved the tiara specifically for Beatrice, as they have always enjoyed a close relationship, People reports.

The ceremony was initially planned for May 29, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the wedding was postponed until July 17. Social distancing protocol was still observed at the event, and no hymns were sung in accordance with government guidelines. A selection of music, including the National Anthem, was played.

Mapelli Mozzi's young son, Wolfie, served as his father's best man and page boy. The 36-year-old shares Wolfie with his former fiance, American architect Dara Huang. 

Prince Andrew walked his daughter down the aisle, according to reports.

Beatrice and Mapelli Mozzi, the son of former British Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, announced their engagement last September. The couple are believed to have started dating in 2018.