ICYMI: Princess Beatrice wed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi during a secret, intimate wedding in Windsor on July 17, 2020. But instead of commissioning a renowned designer to create her wedding gown, the royal bride turned to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth's closet instead, wearing a vintage wedding dress from the 1960s.
Designed by Norman Hartnell (the same designer who created Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown!), the dress was originally worn by the Queen during the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia. Yet, Princess Beatrice made a few changes to the vintage look when it came time to wear it down the aisle, adding puffed organza sleeves and altering the hem.
But even though Bea's wedding dress is one-of-a-kind, brides can still recreate the regal look on their own wedding day by focusing on elements like the unique fabric and traditional silhouette. "It's a very classic design, a classic shape," explains Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride. "If you start there, then consider what embellishments you would put on top of it. You can look for an embellished bodice and a silk skirt [when] recreating the look."
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And while we love a sleek, simple and minimal gown, we appreciate that the princess went with the opposite of recent royal brides and opted for an old-school regal look.
Ready to wear an ultra-royal wedding gown of your own? Ahead, 11 wedding dresses inspired by Princess Beatrice's vintage look—with options for the glamorous bride, the casual bride, and every bride in between!
For Similar Beadwork: Amsale Maya Gown
If the princess's gown was originally designed in 2021 (and not the 1960s!), we imagine it would probably look something like Amsale's Maya gown. In both white and ivory, the square sweetheart neckline and hand-embroidered crystal detailing are fit for a queen. We recommend wearing an overskirt down the aisle for some drama then removing it for dancing!
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Most Unexpected: LoveShackFancy Norma Dress
Like Bea's vintage gown, this pink dress from LoveShackFancy is completely unexpected. The floral details are also reminiscent of the royal wedding's garden party theme.
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Best Allover Beading: Needle & Thread Ruffled Embellished Tulle Gown
One of our favorite elements of Princess Bea's gown is the bold diamantes. This ruffled tulle gown by Needle & Thread creates a more romantic version of her look. Plus, the floral details remind us of her dreamy wedding day flowers!
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Most Romantic Sleeves: Violette Tannenbaum Eula Dress
Here, the princess's voluminous sleeves are exchanged for fluttering tulle and the beaded bodice is replaced by embroidery.
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Most Princess-Inspired: Wtoo by Watters Hinson Dress
Although this Wtoo by Watters gown has the same A-line silhouette as Princess Beatrice's, we love how this dress has a softer skirt. Regal and romantic mixed in one!
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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Rodarte Tulle Sleeve Crop Top
For a modern take on the royal bride's vintage gown, wear this Rodarte crop top down the aisle—or at the after-party. Pair with a beaded belt to mimic Beatrice's bling and a full floor-length skirt.
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Best Embellishments: Markarian Persephone Embellished Midi Dress
This midi dress is proof that embellishments can be casual! Here, gold details replace Bea's silver jewels—great for the bride who loves gold accessories!
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Most Romantic: LoveShackFancy Viviana Dress
Exchanging embellishments for lace and a ball gown for a flowing skirt, this is a romantic interpretation of Princess Beatrice's look. But just because it lacks bling doesn't mean it lacks detail! Intricate embroidery makes this airy gown just as eye-catching as Bea's!
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Most Sculptural: Viktor & Rolf Iced Flower Slip Dress
A delicate interpretation of the royal gown, this slip dress features iced flowers—"a modern take on classic lace made out of plexiglass and crystals"—on the bodice.
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Most Dramatic: Sottero and Midgley Phoenix Ball Gown
The strapless neckline and crystal beaded bodice of this ball gown creates a more glamourous version of the princess's wedding dress. Paired with a full satin skirt, the gown is a great balance between simple and bold.
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For the Minimalist Bride: Anna October Asymmetric Maxi Dress
A casual take on the royal bride's vintage silhouette, Anna October's asymmetric maxi gives all the bounce of a ball gown in a no-fuss way. Perfect for summertime nuptials!
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What wedding dress did Princess Beatrice wear for her wedding?
Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress designed by Norman Hartnell in the 1960s. The dress was originally worn by the Queen during the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia but Princess Beatrice customized the dress to make it her own by adding puffed organza sleeves and altering the hem.
How do I recreate Princess Beatrice's wedding day look?
To recreate Princess Beatrice's iconic wedding day look, opt for wedding dresses with romantic puffed sleeves, embellished bodices, and A-line silhouettes. Complete the look with a classic veil and tiara.
What are some popular royal wedding dress silhouettes?
The most popular wedding dress silhouette among royals is the A-line ball gown. Details like high necklines, lace sleeves, and ornate embellishments add to the regal nature of this classic silhouette.