The late Queen and her granddaughter Princess Beatrice had an extremely close bond, so much so that the 34-year-old turned to her grandmother ahead of her wedding day when she tied the knot to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi during the pandemic.
Royal watchers around the globe were delighted to see the touching moment Beatrice stepped out in one of her grandmother's dresses, along with the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which Her Majesty also wore the day she married Prince Philip in 1947.
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Over the years, Princess Beatrice has spoken highly of Her Majesty, more recently during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June - just three months prior to the Queen's death. Here at HELLO!, we take an in-depth look into their close bond...
During an appearance at the Big Jubilee Lunch in London, the royal paid the monarch a sweet compliment. Introducing herself to a table of volunteers and service users from Octavia House, Beatrice told a member of the public: "My name's Beatrice and the Queen is my granny." The woman then asked: "You're one of the royalties? Which relation are you?" Holding the woman's hand, the royal responded: "I am yes. She's my granny… I'm very, very lucky."
The royal granddaughter and grandmother are very close
Beatrice's role model
In October 2017, Princess Beatrice revealed that the two most important women in her life are her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York and her grandmother the Queen. "I have two role models, my mother and my grandmother," she told HELLO!. "They are both formidable women. I think having female role models is incredibly important and I am very lucky that I happen to be related to these two incredible women."
"I find my grandmother inspiring every day because her overwhelming sense of duty is linked with an overwhelming curiosity. Every day she's curious to learn something new, to do something new, and I think that at 91 years old, she goes out into the community with a genuine curiosity as to how she can be a force for good in the world."
Following in the Queen's footsteps
Princess Beatrice pictured on her wedding day (credit Benjamin Wheeler)
In 2019, Beatrice was praised by an attendee at the SVC2UK Good Growth Summit for being "an excellent role model for the royal family" while another guest shared how the young royal was following in her grandmother the Queen's footsteps. When the Princess was asked how the monarch inspires her, she said it was her granny's inquisitive nature of always asking "Why not?" and "Why can't you?" that influenced her thought process.
Beatrice's 30th birthday
Just days after celebrating her milestone birthday back in August 2018, the royal was spotted with the Queen, where they both attended the Sunday church service at Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire – a few minutes' drive away from her official residence, Balmoral Castle. Beatrice travelled to Scotland to spend part of her summer, and her belated milestone birthday celebrations, with her grandmother.
Guests of honour
Beatrice and Edoardo with the Queen and Prince Philip (credit Benjamin Wheeler)
The one person Beatrice was determined to have at her wedding was her grandmother. It seems the ceremony - which took place on 17 July 2020 - was somewhat hastily arranged before the Queen and Prince Philip travelled to Balmoral for the rest of the summer. She also tied the knot in Windsor, where she grew up and the same location where Her Majesty had been self-isolating. The Queen and Philip came out of isolation especially to attend the nuptials at the Royal Chapel of All Saints.
Queen Mary's fringe tiara
The iconic tiara, which Princess Beatrice wore on 17 July, consists of 47 diamond bars using stones taken from a necklace Queen Mary had been given by Queen Victoria. The Fringe Tiara was passed on to Princess Elizabeth's mother in 1936, and was loaned to the young Princess on her wedding day. The Queen's daughter Princess Anne also chose to wear it for her wedding to Mark Phillips in November 1973 - a clear and direct sign of affections.
The iconic Norman Hartnell dress
The Queen wearing the gown at a film premiere in 1962
The beautiful bride opted to wear a vintage gown by Norman Hartnell, which the Queen wore during the 1966 State Opening of Parliament alongside the Imperial State Crown. It's certainly an unusual choice for any royal bride – and on this occasion, the small nuptials must have been extra special for both Beatrice and the Queen.
The Queen's dresser Angela Kelly reportedly had only three weeks to help remodel and refit the 1960s evening gown to serve as a wedding dress. She had the organza sleeves added for the nuptials since the original version was sleeveless. Norman Hartnell was a popular designer for the royal family. The monarch, Queen Mother and Princess Margaret all wore his gowns. In fact, Margaret wore a custom gown by the British designer to her wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones.
The original wedding reception
The wedding reception was due to take place at Buckingham Palace
When Buckingham Palace announced the original details regarding Princess Beatrice's wedding back in February, royal fans were surprised with her choice of location - her grandmother's London home! The ceremony was scheduled to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, while the wedding reception was due to take place at Buckingham Palace.
This would have been the first wedding reception to take place at the monarch's official London residence since Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011. The Prince and Princess of Wales tied the knot at Westminster Abbey before travelling to their evening reception at Buckingham Palace.
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