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Princess Beatrice's wedding dress

Princess Beatrice's wedding dress
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  • This event is in the past
    Every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Thursday 24 Sept 2020 - Monday 2 Nov 2020)
  • 01:00 – 02:00
  • Included with Castle ticket or 1-Year Pass
  • Adults

    HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress, first worn by Her Majesty The Queen in the 1960s, is on public display at Windsor Castle from 24 September - 22 November 2020.

    Designed by the renowned British fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was loaned to Her Royal Highness by Her Majesty The Queen for her wedding to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020. It is made of ivory peau de soie taffeta, and the skirt is trimmed with a band of ivory duchesse satin. The dress is an example of Hartnell’s signature crinoline silhouette and love of embellishment, as seen in the geometric hand embroidery in crystals and diamantés over the bodice, waist and hips.

    Sir Norman Hartnell’s original design was altered for Princess Beatrice under the direction of Miss Angela Kelly, Personal Advisor, Dresser and Curator to The Queen, and the British fashion designer Mr Stewart Parvin. The full-skirted silhouette was softened to give a more contemporary, simplified shape, and the underskirt and petticoats were recreated and bound with silk tulle. Short sleeves of triple organza were added to the straps and embroidered with vintage diamantés to match the original Hartnell embroidery design. Each alteration made to the dress is reversible.

    The display at Windsor Castle will also feature Princess Beatrice’s wedding shoes, made by Valentino and a replica of Her Royal Highness’s bridal bouquet made from artificial flowers has been created for the display. The bouquet contained trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, Royal Porcelina spray roses, pink O’Hara roses, pink ‘wax flower’ (Chamelaucium uncinatum) and baby pink astilbe, as well as sprigs of myrtle in keeping with royal tradition.

    Also available from our shops and online is a new range of china and souvenir items to celebrate the wedding. 

    All our venues follow COVID-secure guidelines.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.