Princess Beatrice wedding dress: Bea's last-minute bid to borrow dress from Queen exposed

Princess Beatrice, 31, tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in an under the radar ceremony in Windsor last Friday that was attended by just 20 guests. The royal nuptials were only made public after they had taken place and only a handful of wedding photographs have been released.

Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, were among the guests and are the only other royals to appear in Beatrice’s official wedding snaps.

The Queen had a very special role in her granddaughter’s big day as she supplied the wedding dress.

The gorgeous Norman Hartnell gown previously worn by the Queen was repurposed for Beatrice’s wedding but according to royal sources it was not her first choice.

Beatrice is understood to have had a “last-minute change of heart” about her original wedding dress which prompted her to ask the Queen for help.

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They added: “They are just like a normal family and had to make sacrifices like many others have up and down the country and looking forward to having a wonderful celebration when the time is right.”

Photos from Beatrice’s special day were not released until Saturday as it was understood the newlyweds did not wish to overshadow Captain Tom Moore’s investiture at Windsor Castle.

Princess Beatrice’s father Prince Andrew, 60, mother Sarah Ferguson, 60, and sister Princess Eugenie, 30, were all at the wedding but none of them features in the official photos.

One royal commentator has claimed the decision to make the Queen and Philip the only royals to appear in Princess Beatrice’s public wedding photos “makes total sense.”

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The wedding of Princess Beatrice to Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor was certainly a surprise.

“It has been recorded for posterity by the release of a series of photographs which are enchanting.

“The decision to concentrate on the happy couple and Beatrice’s grandparents in the photographs released to the public was an excellent one, as well as the only practical one.

“Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank were present, but did not appear in any of the photos either.

“Since this wedding was a well-kept secret, this choice of photographs made total sense.

“If Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who live together at nearby Royal Lodge, had been included in them there would have been instant controversy.”



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