Beatrice Took 'Something Borrowed' to New Heights

It appears the queen loaned her granddaughter a dress she once wore to a movie premier
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2020 7:19 AM CDT
Royal Wedding's 'Something Borrowed' Was Beatrice's Dress
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stand alongside Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, England, after their wedding on Saturday July 18, 2020.   (Benjamin Wheeler/Royal Communications of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi via AP)

Princess Beatrice quietly got married to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a dress in which she could have rejoined any compliments with, "what, this old thing?" The dress—ahem, "a vintage Peau De Soie taffeta dress, in shades of ivory by Norman Hartnell ... trimmed with duchess satin and encrusted with diamante," per the Daily Beast—was on loan from Queen Elizabeth, who once wore it to the movies, in this case the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia. Also borrowed from the queen was the tiara she wore at her own wedding in 1947, which was somewhat vintage at that time, having been made for Queen Mary in 1919 from a diamond necklace that was given by Queen Victoria. For those wondering, Beatrice's father, the Jeffrey Epstein-linked Prince Andrew, did indeed walk his daughter down the aisle. The couple's wedding had been postponed by the pandemic from its original May 29 date. (More Princess Beatrice stories.)

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