Princess Beatrice’s wedding tiara holds deep and ‘distressing’ memory for Queen

A year ago Princess Beatrice wed husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret and small ceremony in Windsor.

Her wedding on July 17, 2020, was given a low profile to adhere to social distancing restrictions but the Queen and the late Prince Philip attended to see her tie the knot.

The Queen not only allowed her granddaughter to wear a stunning ivory dress from her own collection for when she walked down the aisle, but she also loaned her a beautiful tiara.

The headpiece, called the Queen Mary Fringe, is made up of diamonds given as a gift to Queen Victoria by Queen Mary.

The tiara was then handed down to the Queen Mother in 1936 and 11 years later the Queen took it as 'something borrowed' for her big day with the Duke of Edinburgh.

However, a disaster with the tiara took place on the morning of the Queen's wedding – which caused distress and panic.

It almost prevented Her Majesty from wearing it at all.

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The headpiece snapped in half as a hairdresser was fixing the Queen's veil only hours before the ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

Reportedly, the monarch was upset, and the Queen Mother tried to calm her b saying "there are still two hours and there are other tiaras".

However, luck was in store for her wedding day, as the royal family jeweller was on standby.

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He rushed the broken tiara to his workshop under an urgent police escort.

With time to spare he succeeded in fixing the piece and returned it to the bride just in time.

Almost 73 years on, Princess Beatrice wore the tiara while she spoke her vows and also borrowed another item from the Queen.

The Peau De Soie taffeta gown was crafted around 60 years ago by Norman Hartnell.

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Her Majesty wore it to the film premiere of Lawrence of Arabia at the Odeon in London's Leicester Square back in 1962.

For Beatrice, the dress was remodelled by the Queen's personal dresser Angela Kelly and designer Stewart Parvin.

Aside from minor tweaks, diamante adornments and a geometric bodice were added to the gown.

At the time, royal experts said it was a huge honour for Beatrice to be able to wear two items belonging to her grandmother.

Royal writer Penny Junor said: "It's really touching that the Queen showed such solidarity with her, especially with the tiara that she herself was married in speaks volumes."

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