Princess Beatrice looked simply stunning in her Norman Hartnell wedding dress during her private nuptials with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020 - and her frock included very on-trend statement sleeves!
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The bride's vintage gown, which was loaned to her from the Queen, was made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin and encrusted with diamanté details. But did you notice how Beatrice tweaked Her Majesty's original frock for her wedding day?
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When the Queen was pictured wearing the Norman Hartnell gown to a state dinner in Rome in 1961, it clearly featured delicate straps. However, photos of the newlyweds emerging from The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge Windsor shows Princess Beatrice rocking organza puff sleeves. These were necessary to cover her shoulder inside the Church, and they were likely added when the gown was remodelled and fitted for the bride by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly and loyal dressmaker Stewart Parvin.
Princess Beatrice's wedding dress featured organza sleeves, while the Queen's original frock had thin straps
So if you're thinking about taking style tips from Princess Beatrice with some royally-approved statement sleeves for your wedding day, we've rounded up some stunning designer and high street options to start your search…
How bold are the sleeves on this organza maxi dress? The frock is from Emilia Wickstead - one of the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite designers - and its simple design means all eyes are on the sleeves.
Organza maxi dress, £1,975, Emilia Wickstead @ Matches Fashion
Perfect for an intimate post-lockdown wedding, this classic and elegant dress simply features bold sleeves, a shorter length and a stunning cut-out back.
Bridget wedding dress, £120, ASOS
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As well as a high-neck collar and cut-out back, this Ghost dress features bohemian puffed sleeves that are cinched from the elbow down into deep cuffs with pretty buttons. Beautiful!
'Laurel' dress, £495, Ghost
With a similar ivory colour, shimmering beads and puff sleeves, this lace option from Monsoon is a stunning alternative to Princess Beatrice's gown – and it's under £400!
Nicky lace dress, £359, Monsoon
Pussy-bow ties, lace-trimmed sleeves and full-length skirt? What's not to love about this ethereal gown by Luisa Beccaria. And did we mention it's 60 per cent off in the sale?
Pussy-bow lace gown, was £6,245 now £2,498, Luisa Beccaria @ Matches Fashion
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Looking for a more classic wedding dress with pretty flutter sleeves and embroidered detailing? Then look no further than Monsoon.
'Kitty' embellished bridal dress, £499, Monsoon
We love this 100 per cent silk dress from Reformation! Instead of capped sleeves, it features slightly puffed shoulders that add an elegant touch to the simple design, which features a stunning deep V at the back.
'Geranium' silk dress, £640, Reformation
It may not have the same embellishment as Beatrice's stunning wedding gown, but this pretty design has a fitted waist and elegant lace sleeves that lead into a deep V at the back.
Maids to Measure dress, was £150 now £88, ASOS
Puff-sleeve dresses are hugely popular right now, but if you don't want to buy a wedding dress you can only wear once then why not invest in a non-traditional version? This frock would look just as stunning paired with sandals after your big day.
Puff-sleeve lace dress, was £810 now £486, MSGM @ Farfetch
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If you didn't think it was possible to get your hands on a wedding dress for under £200 then you clearly haven't found this ASOS steal. The flowing silhouette and floaty sleeves of this frock would work perfectly for a hot climate or relaxed ceremony.
Sophia plunge lace wedding dress, £135, ASOS
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