After postponing her May nuptials due to COVID-19, Princess Beatrice finally married her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday, July 17—during a secret royal wedding ceremony nonetheless!
Buckingham Palace confirmed the unexpected, yet exciting news in a statement this morning. The couple, who got engaged in September 2019, originally planned to tie the knot on May 29, 2020, but like thousands of other weddings this year, had to postpone indefinitely. Now, they said "I do" in what is probably the coolest COVID-19 yet.
Even before the global pandemic, Princess Beatrice and her fiancé were reportedly planning a low-key affair anyway, so hearing that they wed in a secret, intimate way is no surprise. Yet, we're still vying for every last detail of the day—what can we say, we love royal weddings!
From the venue to the guest list and more, here is everything we know about her quarantine wedding.
The most anticipated part of any royal wedding, Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell, which featured short organza sleeves and diamanté. The gown was actually Beatrice's "something old" as it was originally worn by her grandmother, the Queen in the 1960s. The bride accessorized with the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara—the same tiara Queen Elizabeth wore on her wedding day!
Choosing a Norman Hartnell creation for her own wedding dress was actually a touching tribute to the Queen. Hartnell designed Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown for her 1947 nuptials to Prince Phillip as well as her sister, Princess Margaret's wedding dress.
While Princess Beatrice was originally supposed to tie the knot at St. James's Palace in London, the couple took their secret wedding to The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor instead. Just a short drive from Windsor Castle (the scene of her sister, Princess Eugenie's nuptials in October 2018 and Prince Harry's royal wedding that spring), the chapel is smaller than typical royal wedding venues. However, the Queen regularly worships at the venue for privacy reasons, making it the perfect place for an under-the-radar and sentimental ceremony.
The Guest List
According to Buckingham Palace, the couple kept the guest list small, with "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family" all in attendance. We also believe that Princess Beatrice's parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, witnessed the ceremony along with Princess Eugenie.
It is still uncertain whether or not Prince William and Kate Middleton landed a spot on the tight guest list. Their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are already wedding attendant pros (we can't get enough of these adorable moments), and we were hoping Princess Beatrice's nuptials would call for Prince Louis's wedding debut.
Like at her sister Eugenie's 2018 nuptials, flowers were on full display outside the church. The entrance to the chapel was covered in a floral arch of pink and white flowers and greenery. Princess Beatrice carried a bouquet of a similar arrangement down the aisle!
After becoming husband and wife, the newlyweds reportedly invited 14 guests to an intimate reception at Royal Lodge, per Hello! Magazine. The celebration was held outside and featured "sofas, a jukebox, draft beer and a dartboard." The couple even had a bouncy castle for Mozzi's four-year-old son Wolfie—but we predict the royal wedding guests took part in the fun, too!
When the reception concluded, guests made their way to glamping pods on the grounds of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's home to sleep off the night of partying. But the festivities didn't end Friday night. Guests woke up to a "festival-style all-day party" complete with carnival games and rides.
The Saftey Measures
The Palace also assured that the private ceremony adhered to "all relevant Government Guidelines," meaning guests followed social distancing measures.
The "Thank You" Notes
Just when we thought the pandemonium from Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozz’s secret COVID-wedding had simmered, two never-before-seen photos shared by the bride’s mother sent the internet into a frenzy.
The adorable pictures were included in thank you notes sent out by Beatrice’s mother and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. One picture captured a sweet moment between Beatrice and Edoardo walking hand-in-hand in a green meadow, her beautiful vintage Norman Hartnell dress on full display. The second photo is a black and white candid of the newlyweds locking eyes and smiling.
One thank you-note receiver shared the picture to Instagram writing, “A beautiful reply from the Duchess of York for Beatrice and Edo wedding. Love the photo. Thanks Sarah!”