If you've ever wondered what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to have on the menu for their wedding breakfast and reception, mouth-watering details have been unveiled in a new royal biography. After their ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor in May 2018, the newlyweds joined around 600 of their guests for lunch hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.READ: 15 secrets we've learnt from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal biographyLoading the player... WATCH: A look back at preparations for Harry and Meghan's royal wedding cakeFinding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, notes that guests were served canapes of "Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche, grilled English asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, garden pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena, and poached free-range chicken bound with a lightly spiced yogurt with roasted apricot".The lunch then included "fricassee of free-range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks; pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil, and Parmesan crisps; and ten-hour slow-roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling".Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, £13.60, Amazon SHOP NOWHarry and Meghan's wedding guests sipped on Pol Roger Brut Reserve non-vintage champagne, while there were mocktails made with Sandringham Cox's apple juice and elderflower, for younger attendees such as Lady Louise Windsor, then 14, and James, Viscount Severn, then 10. The pièce de résistance was of course the lemon and elderflower wedding cake designed by American baker Claire Ptak, founder of Violet Cakes in London's East End.MORE: The secret meaning behind Meghan Markle's farewell tour wardrobeHarry and Meghan's royal wedding cakeThe three-course dinner for the more intimate evening receptionfor 200 of their closest friends and family at Frogmore House was prepared by Michelin-starred chef Clare Smyth. It featured dishes such as "sage and onion roast chicken, aged for sixty-four days at Devon's Creedy Carver farm – that was Prince Charles's doing".Other revelations from the book include how Meghan sweetly told her friends about her engagement to Harry and how the bride-to-be spent her last night as a single woman, as well as the newlyweds' romantic first dance. HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
There's nothing we love more than a reminder that the royal family are just like us. Even at royal weddings, our favourite Princes, Princesses, Queens and Kings all have slip-ups. Take a look…SEE: 7 most expensive royal wedding dresses in order of priceLoading the player...WATCH: Look back at the highlights from Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding 1\. Princess Charlotte sticks her tongue outWhen Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St George's Chapel inside Windsor Castle in 2018, Princess Charlotte was caught sticking her tongue out in the car. She behaved impeccably throughout the service, but every three-year-old has their moments.MORE: Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new £11.2million house 2\. Princess Charlotte strikes a posePrincess Charlotte was also seen striking a pose with her leg up at the wedding. We only wish Kate had joined her. 3\. The Queen enjoys herselfTaken out of context, the Queen looked decidedly bored at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Of course, we're sure she wasn't.SEE: 3 videos from Princess Diana and Prince Charles' wedding that never saw the light of day 4\. Prince William and Kate Middleton's bridesmaid shows her disdainWhen Prince William and Kate Middleton kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding on 29 April 2011, bridesmaid Grace van Cutsem was seen covering her ears. Like, was all the clapping really necessary?SEE: Prince William and Kate Middleton's incredible country home revealed: see inside Anmer Hall 5\. Prince Harry pulls a facePrince Harry seemed to be keeping his grandmother the Queen entertained with some interesting facial expressions during the wedding of his father Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Either that, or he wasn't keen on the canapes.SEE: Prince Charles and Camilla's royal wedding in photos 6\. Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston's bridesmaids show their boredomThe bridesmaids of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston had had quite enough following the ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. They just needed a moment.SEE: The most adorable royal bridesmaids and page boys of all time 7\. Sarah Ferugson and Prince Andrew's page boy struggles with his hatA page boy at Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, Duke of York's wedding in 1986 seemed to be struggling with how to wear his hat. Or maybe he fancied a game of peekaboo as Sarah walked down the aisle. 8\. Prince William and Kate Middleton's page boy left in the darkYou know when you laugh at your own jokes that no-one else finds funny? Looks like that's what happened to this page boy at Kate Middleton and Prince William's big day. 9. Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon and Letizia Ortiz's page boy takes a breakAs Crown Prince Felipe de Borbon and his bride Letizia Ortiz prepared to say 'I do' in 2004, a page boy found the perfect spot to watch on: lying on the altar next to Queen Sofia. The look of joy says it all. 10\. Meghan Markle gets the gigglesMeghan and Harry shared an inside joke on their wedding day, and apparently Meghan couldn’t quite control herself. Everything is funnier when you're not allowed to laugh, right? 11\. Sarah Ferguson gets excitedSarah Ferguson's faces as she arrived at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding quickly became a meme sensation. We're not entirely sure what she's pointing at here, but the expression gets us every time. 12\. Sophie Wessex styles out her laughterSophie Wessex couldn't quite keep a straight face when Kate's dress had a moment at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. She styled it out well with a look of concern.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Princess Diana's niece Lady Amelia Spencer announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend and real estate agent Greg Mallett in July, and her father Earl Charles Spencer revealed a touching detail about the proposal.SEE: Inside Princess Diana's jaw-dropping childhood home with brother Charles> So happy for my daughter, Amelia, engaged to her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg - it’s wonderful to hear them both so excited about their future. Sending them both love, and every good wish for their life together. I love that Greg asked my blessing before proposing. Very sweet. pic.twitter.com/MKx9UpsBJB> > -- Charles Spencer (@cspencer1508) July 27, 2020He shared a photo of the couple on Twitter and wrote, "I love that Greg asked my blessing before proposing. Very sweet."Unsurprisingly, Charles approved and the couple are now looking forward to what will be one of the next royal weddings to follow Princess Beatrice's surprise nuptials. MORE: Charles Spencer shares eerie video from inside childhood home with Princess DianaCharles added, "So happy for my daughter, Amelia, engaged to her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg – wonderful to hear them both so excited about their future. Sending them both love, and every good wish for their life together."Greg shared the news on InstagramGreg confirmed the news with a post on his Instagram account. "So this was the best day of my life," he wrote. "22nd of July 2020, I asked the love of my life to spend the rest of her life with me and she said YES. Couldn’t be happier and I love you with all my heart @ameliaspencer15."RELATED: Lady Kitty Spencer's home will leave you speechlessAmelia showed off her engagement ringAmelia has since shared a sunlit photo of herself and Greg sharing a kiss, along with the caption, "I can't wait to marry you."Greg popped the question at the Clouds Wine & Guest Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where the couple first met while studying at the University of Cape Town.Amelia is one of Charles Spencer's seven children, and a first cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry, who are likely to receive an invite to the wedding. Princess Diana's siblings were at Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, along with William's cousins Lady Kitty, Lady Amelia, Lady Eliza and George McCorquodale. The Spencers were also invited to Harry and Meghan's nuptials, where Lady Jane gave a reading. Lady Amelia was absent, but her twin sister Lady Eliza and siblings Lady Kitty and Louis Spencer were among the guests.Loading the player...WATCH: The most iconic engagement rings of all timeMake sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Whether we're preparing to say I do or not, there's nothing we love more than a look back at some of the most magical royal wedding dresses in history. Princess Beatrice is the latest royal to have walked down the aisle, while her sister Princess Eugenie, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Meghan Markle have all stunned with their gowns in the last couple of years. Take a look back at the best of the best, from the Duchess of Cambridge to Princess Diana...Loading the player...WATCH: The most iconic royal wedding dresses of all time Princess Beatrice's wedding dress Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wearing a vintage gown designed by Norman Hartnell which was loaned to her from the Queen. It was made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin, and featuring organza sleeves. Diamantes are encrusted across the entire design, including a geometric checkered bodice. A statement released by Buckingham Palace revealed that the gown was remodelled and fitted for Beatrice by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly and loyal dressmaker Stewart Parvin. Charlotte Casiraghi's wedding dressPhoto: Eric Mathon / Palais Princier MonacoCharlotte Casiraghi surprised at her civil ceremony to Dimitri Rassam in June 2019, when she stepped out in a chic Saint Laurent wedding dress. Her brocade dress featured a scalloped hem and three bows down the front, and it was perfect for the low-key ceremony. The Monaco royal later wore a lace Giambattista Valli wedding dress for her second religious ceremony in France at the end of June.MORE: 19 of the most memorable royal weddings of the past ten years Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding dressThe British royals had their third royal wedding in less than 12 months when Lady Gabriella Windsor married Thomas Kingston in May 2019. The bride had no less than four wedding dresses for her weekend-long celebrations, including a lace long-sleeved Luisa Beccaria gown with a six-metre long veil that she wore for her ceremony at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Princess Eugenie's wedding dressThere was huge excitement when we saw Princess Eugenie's stunning wedding gown for the first time! The royal's elegant dress was by British designer Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos and featured a deep V neck with an off the shoulder design and a beautiful bustle at the back. The fabric included a number of symbols that were meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs, notably a Thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the Bride's Ferguson family, the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home. Eugenie opted to go without a veil, instead wearingh her up in a chic style with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, which belonged to the Queen Mother. Meghan Markle's wedding dressAfter months of speculation, Prince Harry's bride Meghan Markle finally revealed that she had chosen Clare Waight Keller of iconic Parisian fashion house Givenchy to design her wedding dress - opting for a slim-fitting, bateau-neck gown with sleeves, and a show-stopping veil. The designer said of the task: "It is truly an honour to have been given the opportunity to closely collaborate with Meghan Markle on such a remarkable occasion. We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasize the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle."EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEGHAN MARKLE'S WEDDING DRESS Princess Elizabeth's wedding dressWhen British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell was asked to design the Queen's bridal gown, his aim was to create "the most beautiful dress" he had ever made. Her Majesty, who was Princess Elizabeth at the time, wore the ivory silk masterpiece that was decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls. It incorporated a 15 foot star-patterned train, woven in Braintree in Essex and inspired by the famous Renaissance painting of Primavera by Botticelli, symbolising rebirth and growth after the war. The Princess had collected clothing coupons to pay for the dress as Britain was still subject to rationing at the time of her November 1947 wedding. Kate Middleton's wedding dressThe Duchess of Cambridge expressed her desire to combine modernity with tradition in her gown, which was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The result was an exquisite creation which featured a nipped-in waist, lace sleeves, floral motifs and a full flowing skirt and train.WANT MORE? The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress maker talks creating the gown Princess Diana's wedding dressPrincess Diana's record-breakingly long train on her David and Elizabeth Emanuel-designed dress was a tight fit inside the glass coach which transported her to her wedding. Even her father had difficulty squeezing in alongside all 7.62m of it. It could have been a very different picture, though, if details of the dress had leaked – a back-up dress was made just in case.RELATED: This is how Princess Diana’s wedding dress was kept secret back in 1981 Sophie, Countess of Wessex's wedding dress Five months after the announcement of their engagement, Britain's Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones were married in Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel on Saturday 19 June, 1999. For her wedding to the Queen's youngest son, the former PR wore a simple ivory silk and organza dress-coat created by Samantha Shaw, featuring 325,000 crystals and pearls fastened along the neck, full-length sleeves and train. As well as her corseted V-neck gown, Sophie wore a cathedral-length veil, sprinkled with more crystals, and a diamond tiara from the Queen's private collection. She was also adorned with a black-and-white pearl necklace and matching earrings designed by Edward as a wedding gift. ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ROYAL WEDDING Princess Sofia's wedding dressSofia Hellqvist arrived at Stockholm's royal chapel for her wedding to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on a Saturday afternoon in June 2015. All eyes were on the brunette beauty as she stepped out in her stunning wedding gown – made from silk crepe overlaid with Italian silk organza – to tie the knot with the Swedish prince. The bridal gown, which was created by Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt, featured intricate couture lace made by José María Ruiz and a beautiful train that was hand-cut and then hand-stitched in the deisnger's atelier in Stockholm. The dress was made in not one but three shades of white.WANT MORE? The best moments from the Swedish royal wedding Charlene of Monaco's wedding dressHaving first met in 2000, Albert and Charlene made it official when they were married in a civil ceremony 11 years later. The couple tied the knot in the Throne Room of the royal palace, with Charlene looking nothing short of princess-perfect. In a beautifully cut sky-blue suit that oozed understated glamour, Charlene was radiant as she made her first appearance as a royal on the palace balcony. It had been 55 years since a new sovereign princess had greeted the people of Monaco from that exact spot.Fashion commentators were quick to dub the colour "Charlene blue" and the princess later explained: "It's a collaboration between me and Karl Lagerfeld. We wanted something to match the colour of my eyes. It's my creation and I'm proud of it."On 2 July 2011, Charlene stepped out in a silk Giorgio Armani bridal gown. It was simple, yet dazzling; regal yet unassuming. True to form, down-to-earth Charlene had gone for understated sophistication. The dress, which required months of handiwork, was cut from 130 metres of silk, studded with 40,000 crystals and embellished with 20,000 teardrops fashioned from mother-of-pearl. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands's wedding dressWillem-Alexander's bride found her perfect gown courtesy of one of the world's top designers. Princess Maxima of the Netherlands married her royal love on 2 February, 2002, in Amsterdam wearing a Valentino couture long-sleeved ivory gown, with a train inset with beautiful embroidered flowers. Her tiara was made especially for the occasion – its base was taken from one owned by Queen Emma, and the stars from one owned by Emma's daughter, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Beatrix's grandmother. Camilla Parker Bowles’ wedding dressThe Duchess of Cornwall wore an elegant white coat and matching scalloped-edged dress by Robinson Valentine for her civil ceremony to Prince Charles in April 2005, when the pair married at Windsor's Guildhall. Two years later in June 2007, the Duchess stepped out in the same outfit as she attended the opening of the National Assembly of Wales. Camilla swapped her show-stopping wedding hat for another wide-brimmed one, and this time wore a triple string of pearls and a different pair of shoes. She did, however, wear the same diamond brooch that featured the Prince of Wales feathers. She is the only royal to have recycled her wedding dress. Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco's wedding dressWhen Grace Kelly walked down the aisle to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the blonde beauty captivated audiences with her show-stopping wedding dress. The gown, designed by Helen Rose of MGM, was the epitome of romance and instantly transformed the Hollywood star into real-life European royalty. Grace's dress was more complex than it looked – underneath the sheer lace bodice was another strapless one made of silk crepe, while three layers of integrated petticoats gave the skirt its distinctive volume. The fabrics used ranged from silk tulle, pearl-encrusted rose point lace, delicate Valenciennes lace and dull luster of peau de soie satin.RELATED: Take a look inside Grace Kelly's former childhood home Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson's wedding dressSarah Ferguson wore a dress made from ivory duchesse satin and featuring heavy beading for her wedding to Prince Andrew, Duke of York on 23 July, 1986, at Westminster Abbey. The wedding dress, which she designed herself, featured a long train, fitted bodice, and a scooped neckline. Adorably, an embroidered letter ‘A’ was also visible on the dress. Princess Masako of Japan's wedding dressHarvard graduate Masako Owada became a member of Japan's Imperial Family on 9 June, 1993, when she married Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's first son, Crown Prince Naruhito. For the couple's traditional Shinto ceremony, the bride wore a traditional silk bridal kimono – made up of a dozen layers – which eventually weighed 14 kilograms and cost over $100,000. Masako completed her extravagant attire with elegant long gloves and beautifully decorative jewellery including an ornate diamond tiara and necklace. Queen Rania of Jordan's wedding dressJust five months after she locked eyes on her handsome future husband at a dinner party, Rania Al-Yassin married Jordan's prince – later king – Abdullah bin Al-Hussein on 10 June, 1993. The beautiful bride, who became queen in March 1999, wore a gown created by famous Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Queen Letizia Ortiz of Spain's wedding dressLetizia Ortiz Rocasolano married Spain's Crown Prince Felipe in a Roman Catholic ceremony on 22 May, 2004. The former journalist chose a wedding gown by veteran Spanish designer Manuel Pertegaz to wear to her nuptials, featuring an impressive train, fitted bodice and an unusual high collar. Mary Donaldson of Denmark's wedding dressMary Donaldson of Denmark married Crown Prince Frederik on 14 May, 2004 at the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mary's wedding dress was created by Danish designer Uffe Frank, and was made of an ivory duchess satin with a scoop neckline. The gorgous design featured a a slim-fit bodice and lily-like sleeves. Princess Martha Louise's wedding dressThe bride married author Ari Behn in May 2002 wearing a two-piece wedding outfit featuring a dress and jacket – created for her by Oslo-based designer Wenche Lyche. The costume was inspired by the shape and colour of the Martha lily; the Swarovski-embroidered bridal jacket was made of off-white duchess satin, a three-metre train tapered to a pointed arch, while the gown was of white silk crepe. The bride – whose bouquet consisted mainly of lilies – also paid tribute to her royal heritage by holding her veil in place with a tiara originally belonging to Queen Maud. Princess Mette-Marit's wedding dressNorway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a wedding dress inspired by the one worn by groom Crown Prince Haakon's great grandmother, Queen Maud, for her marriage in 1896. Created by designer Ove Harder Finseth and seamstress Anna Bratland, the gown was made of thick silk crepe and draped in soft silk tulle, and featured a bodice and a flared skirt. The train reached two metres, while her veil was made from six metres of silk. Adorning her head on her big day – held on 25 August, 2001, in Oslo Cathedral – was a beautiful antique tiara, presented as a gift from her in-laws, Harald and Sonja. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
On Friday 17 July, Princess Beatrice and her partner, property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, were married in a secret ceremony at Windsor Castle.The nuptials were attended by several members of the royal family, including the Queen the Duke of Edinburgh and the bride’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of York.
Sarah Ferguson has shared another look inside the stunning grounds at Royal Lodge, where Princess Beatrice's royal wedding reception took place in June. The mother-of-two took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo of herself sitting on a bench outside while clutching onto the children's book Boodie to the Rescue, to promote her latest episode of Storytime with Fergie and Friends. Behind her, Princess Eugenie's personalised swing from her childhood was visible, as was another bench further up the garden. The spacious outside area has plenty of impressive features which were enjoyed by both Beatrice and Eugenie during their childhood, including a miniature thatched cottage playhouse, which was passed down to them from the Queen.MORE: Princess Beatrice's videographer shares touching details from royal weddingLoading the player... VIDEO: Buckingham Palace releases new images of Princess Beatrice's weddingThe garden at Royal Lodge provided the ideal place for Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi to host their socially-distanced party after saying 'I do' on Friday 17 July.The low-key wedding reception saw 14 of the couple's friends attend. According to The Sun, the celebration was held outside the property, complying with social distancing rules, and it featured a marquee named 'The Duke of York' which was filled with sofas, a jukebox, draft beer, and a dartboard. They also offered guests specialty cocktails and bespoke catering.READ: How Meghan Markle will celebrate her 39th birthday with Prince Harry and baby ArchieSarah Ferguson shared a new glimpse inside the grounds at Royal LodgeThe bride and groom had clearly thought of everything and even hired a bouncy castle which was no doubt enjoyed by Edoardo's four-year-old son Wolfie.Guests stayed until the early hours of Saturday and conveniently slept in glamping pods that had been set up on the grounds of Sarah and Prince Andrew's Windsor home.Both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie had their wedding receptions inside their childhood gardenBeatrice and Edoardo were believed to have originally invited over 100 family and friends, but were forced to reduce their numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic. A statement released by the royal family conceded that it was kept to "close family", with the Queen and Prince Philip in attendance.Beatrice's parents Sarah and Prince Andrew also enjoyed the big day, as well as other family members including Eugenie, Edoardo's parents Nikki Shale and Alex Mapelli Mozzi, his four-year-old son and his niece and nephew, Coco and Freddie.Following their special day, Beatrice and Edoardo enjoyed a low-key honeymoon. According to the Mail on Sunday, the happy couple were spotted by a tourist as they drove a small car absolutely packed with belongings in the south of France.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials have been voted HELLO! readers' favourite royal wedding of the past decade in a recent online poll. The couple's ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011 topped the poll for more than half of the poll's participants, with over 10,000 readers responding.READ: The striking similarities between Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice's wedding dresses revealedLoading the player... WATCH: Look back at William and Kate's royal weddingThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge marked their ninth wedding anniversary earlier this year. William and Kate, who met at the University of St Andrews in 2001, announced their engagement in November 2010. The bride wore a beautiful satin and lace gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and was loaned the Cartier Halo tiara from the Queen on her wedding day. The dress, which drew instant comparisons to the one worn by Grace Kelly, has had a big influence on bridal fashion trends.Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day in July While William and Kate's big day scored 55% of the votes, they were followed by Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's recent surprise Windsor ceremony. The Queen's granddaughter wowed royal fans in one of her grandmother's vintage Norman Hartnell dresses and Queen Mary's diamond fringe tiara for the intimate affair.Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling HELLO! readers' third favourite wedding was that of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling, who celebrated their tenth anniversary in June with a series of glamorous portraits.MORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first dance song at royal wedding is so romanticHarry and Meghan married in Windsor in May 2018Their nuptials were followed by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's in May 2018, whose Windsor wedding in May 2018 was watched around the globe. The former actress looked stunning in a silk wedding dress with an open boat neckline, designed by Clare Waight Kelly of Givenchy. Meghan accessorised her bridal look with a hand-embroidered veil that featured flowers from countries of the Commonwealth, and Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wowed the world with their fairytale wedding in Windsor in May 2018. While the ceremony at St George's Chapel was televised, the couple had a private evening reception at nearby Frogmore House, but a new royal biography Finding Freedom has lifted the lid on some of the details, including the couple's first dance.MORE: Meghan Markle's incredible gesture after success of charity cookbookLoading the player... WATCH: Relive the highlights from Harry and Meghan's weddingExtracts from the book serialised in PEOPLE magazine, reveal that the newlyweds "were joyful on the big day – with their first dance to 'I'm in Love' by '60s soul singer Wilson Pickett. Meghan also delivered her own toast at the reception."American soul singer Wilson Pickett had a number of hits, including In the Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally and Funky Broadway. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, in recognition of his impact on song writing and recording.Harry and Meghan on their wedding dayMeghan have given us some insight into their musical tastes over the years, with the former actress once sharing an uplifting playlist on her now defunct lifestyle blog The Tig, which included the likes of Crystal Fighters, Maggie Rogers and Janelle Monáe.Harry and Meghan also had the Kingdom Gospel Choir sing Ben E. King’s Stand by Me during the ceremony and Etta James’ This Little Light of Mine when they walked down the aisle as man and wife.MORE: Prince Harry films from inside temporary new home with Meghan MarkleFinding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, £13.60, Amazon BUY NOWAn excerpt from the book published in The Times also claims that Meghan relaxed on the eve of her wedding by FaceTiming a friend from the bath, as she and mother Doria Ragland stayed at Cliveden House Hotel in Berkshire.A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex previously told HELLO!: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom’. This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting."HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
We have been lucky to witness several big royal weddings over the past decade, as the Queen's grandchildren Princes William and Harry, Zara Tindall, Princess Eugenie and most recently Princess Beatrice all tied the knot. And while it is likely to be some time until we see Her Majesty's youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, walk down the aisle, there are still some family weddings we can look forward to in the near future.MORE: When royals have to make last-minute changes at their weddingsLoading the player...WATCH: See photos from Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's weddingFrom the Duchess of Cambridge's younger brother James Middleton to Prince William and Harry's cousins Lady Amelia and Lady Kitty Spencer, these are the next special occasions that will likely bring all the family together again. James Middleton and Alizee ThevenetJames Middleton and Alizee Thevenet had to postpone their weddingDuchess Kate's younger brother James and his fiancée Alizee were originally due to marry this summer, however, the couple have reportedly postponed their big day amid the coronavirus pandemic.While it is unknown whether they will change their plans to host a smaller ceremony adhering to the current government guidelines or wait until they can host a big wedding, one thing that we do know for sure is Prince William and Kate will be there to join in the celebrations along with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, who may even be a part of their wedding party.POLL: Which royal wedding was your favourite? Lady Kitty Spencer and Michael LewisLady Kitty Spencer is reportedly engaged to Michael LewisEarl Charles Spencer's eldest daughter Lady Kitty Spencer reportedly became engaged to fashion tycoon Michael Lewis over Christmas, and while she hasn't shared any details about their wedding plans, it is likely her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, their wives Kate and Meghan, and their children George, Charlotte, Louis and Archie will all be on the guest list. Lady Amelia Spencer and Greg MallettLady Amelia Spencer recently announced her engagement to Greg MallettLikewise, Lady Kitty's younger sister Lady Amelia Spencer will now be busy wedding planning after confirming her engagement to long-term boyfriend Greg Mallett earlier this month. Princes William and Harry have a close relationship with their mother's side of the family so would no doubt love to attend their cousin's big day if they are able to.RELATED: Will the Fab Four reunite at this upcoming wedding? Flora Ogilvy and Timothy VesterbergFlora Ogilvy is engaged to Timothy VesterbergThere will be another royal wedding to look forward to when Flora Ogilvy, the granddaughter of the Queen's cousin Princess Alexandra, marries her fiancé Timothy Vesterberg. The couple announced their engagement in November 2019, and haven't shared any further details about when or where their wedding will take place.Royal guests are likely to include Lady Gabriella Windsor and her husband Thomas Kingston, Lord Frederick Windsor and his wife Sophie Winkleman, and Lady Amelia Windsor, who was pictured arriving at Lady Gabriella's wedding with Flora in May 2019.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Weddings are just one of many things that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and with strict guidelines on everything from your guest numbers to social distancing, it is going to be some time until they are back to normal.MORE: 5 of the best intimate wedding venues for your post-lockdown weddingHowever, if you're currently planning a post-lockdown wedding you shouldn't be disheartened. Just because your wedding may not look the way you always imagined, it doesn't mean it will be any less special. Just look to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, whose surprise royal wedding was completely different to any we have known before, but was equally beautiful and memorable as those hosted by Princess Eugenie, Meghan and Kate. Here are just a few lessons we can take away from their low-key nuptials…Loading the player...WATCH: See more from Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's royal wedding Remember what's most importantOf course, it may be disappointing to restrict your guest list (current UK guidelines state that up to 30 guests can attend your wedding ceremony and reception from 1 August), but try and remember what is most important. You will still be able to marry in front of your closest family and friends, and having a smaller guest list will allow you to spend more quality time with loved ones on your special day. Better still, you'll have the excuse to host a second bigger celebration with the rest of your guests once social distancing measures are eased. Do it your wayPrincess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married on 17 JulyRoyal weddings are typically fabulously OTT affairs with months of build-up, but Princess Beatrice and her fiancé chose to host a surprise private wedding after their original plans were cancelled, which they only revealed after they had already said 'I do'.There's no reason why you can't do the same; decide as a couple what is most important to you about your wedding and focus on that. Whether you want to go ahead with an intimate wedding as soon as possible or postpone in the hope of having a bigger wedding at a later date, the choice is yours to make, so try not to be swayed by other people's opinions.MORE: Outdoor wedding inspiration for your post-lockdown ceremony Low-key is no less beautifulPrincess Beatrice's wedding flowers were beautifulAs Princess Beatrice proved, having a low-key wedding didn't make it any less beautiful. From her stunning flower arch at the entrance to the Royal Chapel of All Saints to the gorgeous vintage gown and tiara she borrowed from the Queen, her nuptials had all the hallmarks of a classic royal wedding, just on a much smaller scale.So even if you have to alter your original wedding plans, it doesn't mean you have to compromise on the details that are important to you, whether that's having a show-stopping floral display or fabulous designer wedding dress. One of the benefits to having a smaller guest list is having more of your wedding budget left to splurge on other things.RELATED: Beautiful embellished wedding dresses inspired by Princess Beatrice Have fun and make it personalRather than host a formal wedding reception, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo reportedly had a laidback celebration with friends and family in the grounds of her family home, Royal Lodge Windsor. According to The Sun, the celebration was held outside the property, complying with social distancing rules, and it featured a marquee named 'The Duke of York' which was filled with sofas, a jukebox, draft beer and a dartboard. They also offered guests speciality cocktails and bespoke catering.Whether it's your own bespoke cocktails or a menu filled with your favourite foods, take the opportunity to make your wedding a celebration that really reflects who you are as a couple, and it is sure to be extra-special. Involve your closest family and friendsPrincess Beatrice wore a wedding dress belonging to the QueenBeatrice and Edoardo relied on their closest family and friends to arrange their surprise nuptials, less than two months after their original wedding was cancelled. From borrowing a dress from her grandmother the Queen to hosting a reception at her family home and having Edoardo's son as their best man, it is sure to have been a special experience for all of those involved.When it comes to rearranging your wedding plans, don't be afraid to ask your nearest and dearest for their help. The support will be invaluable, and they will surely love the opportunity to be involved too.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
The Duchess of Sussex tied the knot to Prince Harry in a star-studded royal wedding in Windsor Castle in 2017, which was attended by everyone from the Queen to David and Victoria Beckham. The day was bittersweet for Meghan, as her dad Thomas Markle was absent from her special day. According to new book, Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the former Suits actress distracted herself from her family problems on the eve of her wedding by FaceTiming her friend from the bath. While Thomas wasn't in attendance on his daughter's big day, Meghan walked down the aisle with proud father-in-law Prince Charles.MORE: What it was like to cover Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding first-handLoading the player... WATCH: The looks of love between Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleIn May, Harry and Meghan celebrated their second wedding anniversary in LA, where they relocated to at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The couple marked the occasion in private, but no doubt did something special to mark the day.Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, £13.60, Amazon BUY NOWAccording to PEOPLE, Meghan, who has impeccable handwriting and was once a freelance calligrapher, wrote out their wedding speech and framed it for Harry for their first anniversary in 2019.READ: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's gifts to George, Charlotte and Kate Middleton revealedPrince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in 2018The couple had an extra reason to celebrate last year, as not only was it their first anniversary, but just weeks before they had welcomed their son, Archie Harrison.Currently, Harry, Meghan and Archie are temporarily living in a £15million mansion owned by Tyler Perry in the Beverly Ridge Estate of LA. The couple were previously living in Canada, where they moved to for a few months after leaving the UK at the beginning of the year.Meghan FaceTimed her friend in the bath on the eve of her wedding dayWhile the couple are keeping a low profile as they adjust to life in the States, we can expect to see a lot more of Meghan and Harry in the next few months, as they recently signed on with a high-profile agency for speaking engagements, the Harry Walker Agency, who represent Michelle and Barack Obama and Hillary and Bill Clinton.It's understood that the couple will be engaging in keynote speeches with trade associations, corporations and community forums in future. Harry and Meghan will reportedly continue to focus on social issues such as racial injustice, gender equality, mental health and environmental concerns.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
It may not be the first thing you think of when planning your bridal outfit, but these celebrity and royal brides show that your wedding veil should be anything but an afterthought. Featuring intricate embellishment, special messages and metres of fabric, these stunning veils were the perfect accessories for these famous wedding dresses, and in some cases, became the talking point of the entire look. From the Duchess of Sussex's dramatic 16-foot veil to Hailey Bieber's statement accessory, look back at some of the most memorable celebrity and royal wedding veils…Loading the player...WATCH: Look back at the most beautiful royal wedding dresses The QueenThe Queen accessorised her Norman Hartnell dress with a tulle veilQueen Elizabeth's bespoke Norman Hartnell wedding dress featured a 13-foot train and was accessorised with a complementing tulle veil secured in place by the diamond fringe tiara. Allowing her beautiful embroidered dress to take centre stage, Her Majesty's veil was significantly shorter than her train.MORE: The incredible story behind Princess Beatrice's royal wedding dress Kate MossKate Moss donned a 1920s-style veil on her big dayKate Moss channelled Gatsby glamour at her wedding to Jamie Hince, where she wore a John Galliano dress with a 1920s-style lace Juliet cap veil, made of pure silk tulle. The veil featured intricate embroidery and sequin and bead embellishment to complement her gorgeous gown. Duchess of CambridgeKate's veil was hand-embroidered with flowersMade of silk ivory tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, the Duchess of Cambridge's veil was the perfect accessory to her lace wedding dress, and both were designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.MORE: 25 of the most beautiful royal weddings of all time Hailey BieberHailey Bieber's veil featured statement embroideryJustin Bieber's bride Hailey got fans talking with her dramatic wedding veil, which was embroidered with the words 'Til Death Do Us Part!' at the bottom. The perfect addition to her gorgeous Off-White lace wedding dress, if you ask us.RELATED: How to rock the statement wedding veil trend like Hailey Bieber Duchess of SussexMeghan's veil was five metres longThe Duchess of Sussex's wedding veil was made from silk tulle and measured five metres long. Meghan incorporated some sentimental touches into her veil; not only did she have a small piece of fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry stitched within, she also paid homage to each of the Commonwealth countries with hand-embroidered flowers to represent them all on the trim. Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra's veil was 75-foot longCould this be the longest wedding veil we've ever seen? Priyanka Chopra's veil was a jaw-dropping 75-foot long and required several members of her wedding party to carry it down the aisle at her wedding to Nick Jonas in 2018. CiaraCiara's veil featured a special personalised detailCiara's exquisite wedding dress, designed by Peter Dundas at Robert Cavalli, was accessorised with an incredible tulle veil that featured a special detail – the couple's initials 'R.C.W' subtly embroidered near the bottom of her dress. Princess DianaPrincess Diana's veil barely fit inside her carriageThe Princess of Wales' veil was so long that it barely fit inside her carriage! Using a total of 153 yards of tulle and measuring even longer than her 25-foot train, it ensured Princess Diana made a dramatic entrance at St Paul's Cathedral for her wedding to Prince Charles. Princess Caroline of MonacoPrincess Caroline of Monaco added fresh flowers to her bridal headpieceWe're getting Princess Leia vibes from Princess Caroline of Monaco's striking wedding veil, in the best possible way. Grace Kelly's daughter accessorised her Christian Dior gown with a pretty garland of white blossoms on the crown of her head, underneath a fingertip-length veil. Grace KellyGrace Kelly's veil was embellished with thousands of seed pearlsPrincess Caroline's mum, Grace Kelly, also wore a show-stopping veil on her own wedding day. Covered with appliqued lace lovebirds and thousands of seed pearls, the veil was created out of 90 yards of tulle and had a circular silhouette that skimmed the bride's elbows before dropping down to the floor.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
The world stopped turning for a microsecond last Friday as an avalanche of reports about Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding to Italian count and property developer Edoardo Mappelli Mozzi descended. The couple’s marriage, which was due to take place on May 29, had been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. While it came as a surprise to us all, it was surely hard work in the making, even if final plans were rushed along. Just three weeks after the government announced that weddings, if attended by fewer than 30 people, could take place, everything from the final alterations of her vintage Norman Hartnell gown, borrowed from the Queen, to the chapel’s floral archway was ready. A party of just 20, which included the Queen and Prince Philip, watched the couple tie the knot at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor. 14 friends, sworn to secrecy, then joined the couple at Royal Lodge for a reception that went on until the early hours of Saturday. It is thought that some of the original 20 guests, including the Queen and Prince Philip who left early to attend a knighthood ceremony, departed to keep numbers to within the restricted amount. Organised by Sarah, Duchess of York, the reception was held outside, in and around a marquee by the name of The Duke of York. It was done up as a pub, with a jukebox, draft beer, a dartboard and a bouncy castle, and was said to conform to social-distancing rules. Friends stayed over in glamping pods after the festivities ended. The filmmaker Andrew Gemmell was one of the few privileged people there to capture the day, which he described as, “very special and an honour to be a part of.” If you’re heartset on tying the knot this year, follow this guide on how to recreate Bea and Edo’s miniature wedding to royal standards. The invitations The most difficult part of planning a wedding so miniscule is culling your original guest list. Doing so without hurting feelings will be a very careful dance. It’s not uncommon for over 1,000 guests to attend a Royal wedding, so how exactly did Bea and Edo whittle it down?
When Princess Beatrice was pictured in her vintage Norman Hartnell gown on her intimate royal wedding day, there was no doubt that it sent the clearest message of love and respect to her grandmother the Queen. The bride - wearing the diamond tiara that Her Majesty wore on her own wedding day - chose to subvert the modern tradition of royals working with contemporary designers to create a bespoke wedding gown, instead raiding her grandmother's incredible archive and wearing a piece of history on her special day.Loading the player... WATCH: Princess Beatrice's wedding photosIt even later emerged that she did once have another gown – perhaps a bespoke creation from a modern designer - but had a change of heart and turned to vintage instead.MORE: 7 of the most magical royal weddings held in WindsorWhile Beatrice's entire wedding look was sweetly sentimental, her choice of Norman Hartnell as a designer is significant – since he was arguably the most famous royal couturier there ever was, rising to fame and success by dressing members of the royal family and other stars such as Marlene Dietrich.Beatrice wore an embellished Norman Hartnell gown from the Queen's archiveVintage fashion expert and auctioneer Kerry Taylor tells HELLO! that Hartnell became famous for his beautifully sparkling gowns during his heyday, with designs much like the one Beatrice chose for her wedding."Hartnell was the 'King of Bling' in the 1950s and 60s," she said. "His highly embellished gowns – usually smothered in beadwork, sequins and embroidery - made them the perfect choice for royal ceremonial occasions. Norman Hartnell had dressed Queen Elizabeth - then the Duchess of York - from the 1930s onwards and her daughters duly followed in her footsteps."MORE: Princess Beatrice had the most beautiful personalised bridal robe on her royal wedding dayThe Queen in her own Norman Hartnell wedding dressShe adds that it was the young Princess Elizabeth who truly loved Hartnell's work. "Princess Margaret disliked the bejewelled and more ornate examples, preferring Monsieur Christian Dior," she said.Cherie Balch, owner of cult vintage clothing store Shrimpton Couture, adds of the Queen's love for Hartnell: "He designed many of the Queen's dresses and she often re-wore them, sometimes with slight style changes as the years progressed."Her Majesty in Canberra, Australia, February 1954Of course, that's exactly what Beatrice did with her wedding dress, adding her own style to the ballgown by introducing organza puff sleeves."I feel that this shows just how much [the Queen] loved his work more then anything," she adds. "It is one thing to have your pick of dresses from anywhere in the world and another altogether to work so closely with a designer and love his work so much that you re-wear your favourites - especially in the public eye where you know it will be noted and commented on."Princess Margaret in her Hartnell gown, which did not feature his signature embellishmentAnd looking at Hartnell's stunning body of work, it's clear why Princess Beatrice fell in love with her chosen gown today - particularly when reflecting on the heavily beaded and sequinned outfits she has worn over the years.Hartnell's love of embellishment was particularly notable – he was once quoted saying: "I despise simplicity; it is the negation of all that is beautiful."MORE: Surprising story behind Princess Beatrice's sparkling wedding shoes revealedAnd while the royal couturier's legacy gains fresh eyes as he posthumously dresses yet another Princess bride, many vintage insiders hope to see his largely forgotten work gain the recognition it deserves.The Queen views her wedding dress at an exhibition in 2007"For some odd reason, his name never has become a household name like Dior or YSL," says Cherie. "Perhaps because his company did not carry on like some of the other heritage companies have, and that for the the most part his work stayed centered in England."He was a fascinating and extremely talented couturier whose history should be known. He has an incredibly rich story and his body of work is truly amazing. I hope that now that his name has circled the globe, it awakens a renewed interest in his life and the legacy of beautiful gowns that he has left behind."
Princess Eugenie took on the role of maid of honour at her sister Princess Beatrice's wedding with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020. Her outfit of choice is yet to have been revealed, but the royal has worn several stylish wedding guest looks before that give us a clear idea of what she may have gone for. Take a look…SEE: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding guestlist revealedLoading the player...WATCH: Princess Beatrice marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret 1\. Prince Christian of Hanover's royal weddingWhen Princess Eugenie attended Prince Christian of Hanover's royal wedding in Peru in 2018, she opted for a navy scarf dress with cut-out shoulders and a waist tie. The front of the gown featured intricate turquoise and yellow embroidery, and she accessorised with grey Gianvito Rossi pointed heels.MORE: The full story behind Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's royal wedding 2\. Ellie Goulding's weddingPeter Pilotto was Eugenie's designer of choice when singer Ellie Goulding tied the knot with her husband Casper Jopling in 2019. Her mid-length navy dress featured blue and pink florals, a flared skirt and a deep V-neckline, which she teamed with her favourite grey Gianvito Rossi heels, a Prada clutch bag and a navy Juliette Botterill pillbox hat. 3\. Pippa Middleton's weddingEugenie clearly has a penchant for deep V-necklines and flared skirts, as she wore the same style to Pippa Middleton and James Matthews's nuptials in May 2017. Navy also seems to be Eugenie's favourite colour, as she chose the shade for this occasion, too. She finished the look with coordinating navy heels in the same shape as her go-to Gianvito Rossi pair, which, considering she's rarely seen in anything else, we imagine would also have been her choice of shape for Princess Beatrice's wedding. 4\. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's weddingEugenie's headpiece was the focal point of her outfit for Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding in 2011. The usual deep V-neckline we've seen in a few of her outfits didn't make an appearance here, but the recurring blue theme stayed strong. Likewise, she completed her look with a pair of pointed stiletto heels. 5\. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's weddingAt Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials in 2018, Princess Eugenie (almost) did an entire U-turn on her usual wedding guest style of choice. Instead of a midi dress, she rocked a mini length with a high neck and short sleeves. Nonetheless, the shade was, of course, blue, and her shoes were, of course, pointed stilettos. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Sarah, Duchess of York has thanked the "very special and kind people" have congratulated her family following Princess Beatrice's wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.The mother of two added that "never has a mother been more proud" of her daughters' weddings, adding that she is "so lucky with my girls".Sarah shared the sweet message about her daughter on Instagram Sarah's full message read: "Thank you to all the very special and kind people that took the time and trouble to send amazingly caring and supportive messages.""Never has a mother been more proud than the wedding of Eugenie and Jack, and again with my Beatrice’s loving wedding to Dear Edo. I am so lucky with my girls, and now the best sons-in-law."MORE: Princess Beatrice compared to this Disney Princess by royal fansPrincess Beatrice married at a beautiful ceremony on Friday MORE: Princess Beatrice's videographer shares touching details from the weddingThe Duchess also shared touching words about happiness and gratitude written by Denis Waitley.They read: "Happiness cannot be travelled to, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." Beatrice and Edoardo married on Friday 17 July. The happy couple's Windsor nuptials were announced on Friday, with further details and official photographs released by the palace on Saturday evening.Their low-key wedding reception was held on Friday afternoon, hours after secretly tying the knot. The newlyweds reportedly invited over 14 friends to Royal Lodge and partied until the early hours of Saturday.According to The Sun, the celebration was held outside the property, complying with social distancing rules, and it featured a marquee named 'The Duke of York' which was filled with sofas, a jukebox, draft beer and a dartboard. They also offered guests speciality cocktails and bespoke catering.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Royal watchers were delighted to hear that Princess Beatrice had secretly tied the knot with her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday. But it wasn't just the British royals who have celebrated a wedding in the past week.MORE: The two surprising guests at Princess Beatrice and Edo's wedding revealedOn Monday 20 July, Austrian Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg and her partner Jerome d'Ambrosio exchanged vows in a civil ceremony in Monaco, with their nearest and dearest in attendance.Loading the player... WATCH: Buckingham Palace shares MORE photos from Princess Beatrice and Edo's weddingThe couple had planned a large church wedding but due to coronavirus restrictions, their plans changed and they opted for a smaller civil ceremony at a registry office, HELLO!'s sister publication HOLA! can reveal.MORE: Royal brides and their tiaras: the most stunning looks revealedThe 26-year-old bride, who is a member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, looked absolutely stunning in an off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera dress, which she paired with a delicate fascinator by Stephen Jones and diamond drop earrings.The bride and groom flanked by their parents and the Mayor of Monaco (far left)Eleonore, a jewellery designer, said "I do" to her fiancé Jerome, who looked smart in a navy suit and silk blue tie. The couple posed for official photos as they exchanged rings.MORE: Princess Beatrice's wedding outfit had a subtle tribute to her nameEleonore and Jerome chose to have their respective sisters Gloria and Olivia act as witnesses. The civil ceremony was attended by their closest family members, after which a larger group of guests were invited to toast the couple at a socially distanced lunch. As soon as restrictions are lifted, the bride and groom plan to celebrate a larger church wedding as planned.The couple pictured shortly after their 2019 engagementThe newlyweds met three years ago on a plane, flying from London to Nice. They announced their engagement exclusively in HOLA! in March 2019. Jerome, 34, a Belgian race car driver, was previously married to actress and producer Natalie Sifferman from 2013 to 2015.Eleonore is the daughter of Karl von Habsburg, a politician and head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, and Francesca von Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva, an art collector and member of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. Eleonore's paternal great-grandparents, Charles I of Austria and Zita of Bourbon-Parma, were the last Emperor and Empress of Austria.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Royal weddings are usually a public affair (1.9billion people watched Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot on TV in 2018, although Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi made history when they married in private on 17 July) but, either way, it turns out there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes that we aren’t aware of. Here’s everything you didn’t know.SEE: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding guestlist revealed 1\. Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were the first royals to marry in secret in over 200 yearsLoading the player...WATCH: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi marry in secretThey kept all details private until after the ceremony. 2\. Princess Beatrice's wedding outfit paid homage to her full nameShe wore one of Queen Elizabeth's vintage Norman Hartnell dresses and accessorised with Queen Mary's diamond fringe tiara, forming her complete name: Beatrice Elizabeth Mary.MORE: Two surprising guests that attended Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding 3\. Princess Beatrice broke tradition with her wedding bandAlmost all royal brides over the last century wore gold wedding bands, while Beatrice opted for a silver design. 4\. Queen Victoria set the white wedding dress trendQueen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840When Queen Victoria married her cousin Albert in 1840, she wore a white satin design and inspired millions of others to do the same. 5\. Princess Diana said the wrong name during her vowsWedding day nerves got the better of Diana when she mistakenly said Philip and Charles in the wrong order and vowed to love ‘Philip Charles Arthur George’.Then Princess Elizabeth paid for her wedding dress with ration coupons 6\. Queen Elizabeth used ration coupons to buy her dressThe then-Princess Elizabeth used clothing ration coupons to buy her wedding dress fabric from Norman Hartnell to wear on her big day with the Duke of Edinburgh. She was granted an extra 200 coupons from the government. 7\. Every royal wedding serves fruitcakeEvery British royal wedding since Queen Victoria’s 1840 ceremony has served fruitcake. Why? It’s a symbol of wealth and prosperity, while the variety of ingredients is said to represent the vastness of the British empire.SEE: 15 of the most amazing royal wedding cakesPrincess Diana married the Prince of Wales in 1981 8\. Princess Diana spilled perfume on her gownInstead of spraying it on her wrists, Diana reportedly spilled perfume all over gown en route to the ceremony. Apparently, her make-up artist showed her how to hold the dress to cover up the stain.SEE: 19 memorable royal weddings from the past decade 9\. Every royal bride has a sprig of myrtle in their bouquetQueen Victoria carried myrtle – the herb of love – in her wedding bouquet and went on to plant a shrub in her garden at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight afterwards. Every royal bride since has carried a sprig from her shrub in their wedding bouquet.Princess Diana's wedding shoes paid tribute to her husband-to-be with his initial on the sole 10\. Princess Diana’s wedding shoes had a hidden messageBesides being covered in 542 sequins and 132 pearls, Diana’s heels had the initials C and D for Charles and Diana, painted on the soles of her wedding shoes.The Duchess of Cambridge did her own wedding make-up 11\. The Duchess of Cambridge did her own make upKate had lessons from make-up artist Arabella Preston but opted to do it herself on the big day.SEE: Royal bridal beauty secretsPrincess Diana had the longest wedding dress train of all royal brides 12\. Princess Diana had the longest train in royal historyIt was 25 feet long. 13\. Queen Elizabeth’s tiara snapped on her wedding dayThe court jeweler was rushed by police escort to repair it before the bride left for Westminster Abbey. 14\. They receive thousands of giftsElizabeth and Philip received 2,500 wedding presents and 10,000 congratulatory telegrams.The Duchess of Cambridge now wears Princess Diana's former engagement ring 15\. Diana’s engagement ring was not custom-madeThe iconic £28,000 sapphire and diamond design was not custom-made; Diana picked it out of a Garrarrd’s catalogue. The ring is now worn by her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.SEE: How the royals inspire engagement ring trends 16\. They cater to potential wardrobe malfunctions tooWilliam and Harry wore built-in sweat guards during William and Kate’s wedding, so that they didn’t sweat under the bright television lights in the cathedral. 17\. Not everyone follows traditionWilliam doesn’t wear a wedding ring, but his father does. 18\. The family doesn’t always exchange traditional wedding giftsKate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton, gave his sister and brother-in-law their cocker spaniel, Lupo, as a wedding present. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018 19\. Meghan Markle was the oldest royal brideShe was 36 on her big day. Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
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Following Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's surprise royal wedding on Friday, their official photographer has spoken out and said it was an "honour" to capture the day. Benjamin Wheeler, who was the man behind the lens, took to his Instagram page to express his gratitude after he was picked to capture the beautiful portraits.SEE: Princess Beatrice's stunning wedding band revealed"I was so incredibly honoured to photograph their wedding day, a certain milestone of my career," he wrote alongside the two images Buckingham Palace released to the public.Loading the player...WATCH: Buckingham Palace releases new images of Princess Beatrice's weddingThe photographer went on to thank Gillian Lawtie, who is a fellow photographer and founder of the Wedding Collective - a wedding directory providing contact details for wedding specialists such as caterers, filmmakers and stylists.READ: Why Princess Beatrice's wedding ring is a departure from royal traditionOne of the stunning pictures showed the happy couple exit the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge Windsor. In the other, the newlyweds posed outside the chapel, standing close to Beatrice's grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.Beatrice and Edoardo with the Queen and Prince Philip (credit Benjamin Wheeler)Shortly after Benjamin shared the photos on his page, Edoardo - known as Edo - posted a grateful hands emoji. The photographer was among the few guests who was able to witness the intimate ceremony.READ: Kate Middleton and Prince William react to Princess Beatrice's surprise weddingBeatrice and Edoardo were originally meant to tie the knot on 29 May 2020 but had to postpone their nuptials amid the coronavirus pandemic. They announced their engagement in September 2019 after the groom-to-be proposed with a bespoke diamond ring, designed by Mayfair atelier Shaun Leane, during a romantic getaway in Italy.Beatrice and Edoardo on their special day (photo credit Benjamin Wheeler)Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Italian property developer shared more pictures by Benjamin on his Instagram account. The wedding photos appeared to have been taken just moments after they said their vows, showing them posing in the grounds at Royal Lodge.Alongside the precious snapshots, the dad-of-one posted a heartfelt caption dedicated to his new wife, writing the words of E. E. Cumming's poem, I Carry Your Heart With Me (I Carry It In), which was read at the ceremony.Make sure you never miss a ROYAL story! Sign up to our newsletter to get all of our celebrity, royal and lifestyle news delivered directly to your inbox.
Princess Beatrice made a beautiful royal bride at her low-key wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday – and she also made a number of sweet decisions with her fashion choices, choosing to wear a vintage Norman Hartnell gown from the Queen's collection, and Her Majesty's own wedding tiara. And it seems that Beatrice was the ultimate sustainable bride, since she also wore a pair of recycled heels for her big day – the sparkling Valentino pair that she stepped out in for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's big day.MORE: Why Princess Beatrice's wedding ring is a departure from royal traditionLoading the player... WATCH: Princess Beatrice's secret royal wedding - the detailsWe're not surprised she wanted to wear the beautiful champagne pumps, which feature diamanté embellishments and a flattering deep V shape. They matched perfectly with the soft ivory shade of her puff sleeve gown. The royal also chose to wear them to Prince Amedeo's royal wedding in 2014.Beatrice wore sparkling Valentino shoes for her royal wedding dayThe beautiful wedding dress was made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory Duchess satin, with organza sleeves. It was encrusted with diamanté details and has a geometric checkered bodice, too.MORE: Princess Beatrice's bridal hair and makeup was just as magical as we imagined – all the detailsIn a statement, Buckingham Palace also revealed that the gown was remodelled and fitted for Beatrice by the Queen's dresser Angela Kelly and loyal dressmaker Stewart Parvin.She wore the same pair to Prince William and Kate's big dayThe Princess certainly made a statement with her sentimental choices, which leaves us wondering whether her beautiful veil was borrowed, too! At present we don't know much about the flowing headpiece, which was fixed behind the regal Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, which the Queen also wore on her own wedding day.GET THE LOOK: Embellished court shoes, £22.49, New Look BUY NOWIt was confirmed on Friday that Beatrice and Edoardo had married in a private ceremony at The Royal Chapel of all Saints at Royal Lodge Windsor. The ceremony took place at 11am and was attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and close family, who all adhered to government guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi tied the knot in a low-key wedding ceremony on Friday, and on Sunday, the groom shared new pictures of the special day on his Instagram account. The photos – which appeared to be a teaser since they were not on his page for too long - looked to have been taken just after they said their vows, showing them posing in the grounds at Royal Lodge. In one beautiful picture, the newly-weds are hand-in-hand walking down the steps following their nuptials, with Beatrice's childhood home, Royal Lodge, visible in the background. Another candid image showed them looking into the distance while standing outside in the garden.MORE: Prince Charles and Camilla react to Princess Beatrice's surprise weddingLoading the player... VIDEO: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo tied the knot in a secret ceremony on FridayPrincess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day (Benjamin Wheeler)The third was a close-up portrait of the pair looking incredibly loved-up. Edoardo's wedding ring could be seen, while Beatrice wore a beautiful gold bracelet. Alongside the snapshots, the dad-of-one posted a heartfelt caption dedicated to his new wife, writing the words of E. E. Cumming's poem, I Carry Your Heart With Me (I Carry It In), which was read at the ceremony. Beatrice and Edoardo on their special day (photo credit Benjamin Wheeler)He wrote: "I carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you.READ: All the details on Princess Beatrice's special wedding tiaraThe happy couple tied the knot at All Saints Chapel"Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart. I carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)."The pictures were later shared on the official Royal Family Instagram page alongside a touching message which read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Mapelli Mozzi have been touched by the warm wishes they have received since their wedding, and are delighted to share two additional photographs of their happy day."Beatrice and Edoardo with the Queen and Prince Philip (credit Benjamin Wheeler)The happy couple said 'I do' in front of a small number of close family and friends, including the Queen and Prince Philip, who featured in one of the official wedding pictures released on Saturday, which were taken by photographer Benjamin Wheeler.The ceremony took place at 11am, and was followed by a low-key reception. According to The Sun, the celebration was held outside the property, complying with social distancing rules, and it featured a marquee named 'The Duke of York' which was filled with sofas, a jukebox, draft beer and a dartboard.They also offered guests speciality cocktails and bespoke catering. The bride and groom had clearly thought of everything and even hired a bouncy castle which was no doubt enjoyed by Edoardo's four-year-old son Wolfie.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.