Princess Beatrice leads way for thrifty brides with her recycled heels

Something old! Princess Beatrice recycles Valentino heels for her own big day after wearing the slippers at TWO other royal weddings – including Prince William and Kate Middleton’s ceremony in 2011

  • Princess Beatrice, 31, donned glittering Valentino court shoes for her wedding 
  • Wore the same slippers for other ceremonies including Prince William’s big day 
  • The Valentino heels were diamanté embellished and champagne in colour
  • Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, married in Windsor on Friday 

Princess Beatrice has paved the way for thrifty brides everywhere after pairing her vintage wedding dress with recycled Valentino heels. 

The royal, 31, borrowed the Norman Hartnell gown from her grandmother, the Queen, 94, to say her vows to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, during a low-key and secret ceremony on Friday, at The Royal Chapel of all Saints at Royal Lodge Windsor. 

And the bride continued to champion sustainability by slipping into a pair of diamanté embellished court shoes by Valentino that she had previously worn to two other royal weddings.

The Queen’s granddaughter previously donned the glittering heels while attending the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s big day in 2011 and as a guest at the wedding of Prince Amedeo of Belgium and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein in 2014. 

Princess Beatrice, 31, opted to rewear an old pair of Valentino heels as she married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, in  a low-key and secret ceremony on Friday

Attending her cousin Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, Princess Beatrice paired the glittering shoe with a camel coloured coat dress and intricate fasincator.

Meanwhile she also wore the heels while attending the wedding of Prince Amedeo Of Belgium and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch Von Wolkenstein in Rome in 2014.

Princess Beatrice and Edo tied the knot in a private, intimate service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, near her parents’ Windsor home.

The Queen, 94, the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, the bride’s parents Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York and Princess Eugenie were among the ‘close family’ in attendance.  


The royal has been seen wearing the diamanté embellished court shoes at two other royal weddings: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s big day in 2011 (left) and to Prince Amedeo and Elisabetta Maria Rosboch von Wolkenstein’s wedding in 2014 (right)

The diamanté embellished Valentino court shoes are champagne in colour and have a secure ankle strap

Official photographs released shortly afterwards revealed the beaming couple exiting the church as the proud Queen and Prince Philip stood a safe distance away. 

Along with the gown, which her majesty had worn at a glitzy film premiere almost 60 years ago, the royal also borrowed the tiara her grandmother had worn to her own wedding in 1947.  

The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, fashioned in 1919 from a necklace given to the current Queen’s grandmother by Queen Victoria, is a treasured heirloom. 

Princess Anne was also loaned the tiara for her wedding to Mark Phillips in 1973, but has rarely been seen in public since. 

The royal rewear was a sweet nod to Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton in 2011, when Princess Beatrice originally opted to wear the glittering heel  

The Duchess of Cambridge was loaned another of the queen’s jewels for her wedding: the Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, made in 1936 and purchased by King George VI for his wife Queen Elizabeth, while the Duchess of Sussex was loaned the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara. 

Following the tradition Beatrice certainly had ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’, leading some to question whether the flowing veil pictured in the official photos could have been a ‘something new’ lockdown purchase.  

Social-distancing restrictions and current government guidelines allowing a maximum of 30 people at a wedding meant the couple were unable to invite any of their famous friends, including singer Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss and Cressida Bonas.   

It remains to be seen whether they will hold a celebration at a later date, but some of their inner-circle couldn’t wait to share their delight and posted gushing tributes on Instagram over the weekend, including Valentino co-founder Giancarlo Giammetti and Sarah Ferguson’s assistant Antonia Marshall.   

And while Princess Beatrice opted to recycle her heels for her big day, the royal also borrowed a tiara and gown from her grandmother, the Queen 

Beatrice and Edo, were due to tie the knot at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, in London, on 29 May.

But their ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 and no new date was given by the palace at the time.  

Sarah Ferguson and Edo’s mum Nicola Williams-Ellis leapt into action as soon as the Government hinted last month that weddings would soon be permitted again.

During lockdown, Beatrice spent time with Edo and her future mother-in-law in the £2 million Cotswold house Nicola shares with sculptor husband David, Edo’s stepfather. 

Princess Beatrice married Edo in a private ceremony at All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, on Friday 

However, reports from The Telegraph suggest that Beatrice then isolated with the Duke and the family at their home in ‘for some time’ ahead of the wedding, so that her embattled father Prince Andrew could walk her down the aisle. 

The young couple were ‘desperately sad’ that plans for a wedding at St James’s Chapel Royal and a reception at Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled, and resolved to marry ‘whenever possible’. 

But they had only three weeks to organise caterers and florists, and for the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly to help remodel and refit the 1960s Norman Hartnell evening gown to serve as a wedding dress.

The Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly helped remodel and refit the 1960s Norman Hartnell evening gown (left) to serve as a wedding dress (right). Above, a post shared by Alice Naylor-Leyland 

Meanwhile, Canon Paul Wright, sub-dean of the Chapel Royal, and Canon Martin Poll, the Queen’s domestic chaplain, who officiated on Friday, hurriedly arranged the special wedding licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

More details of the secret ceremony have emerged in the last 72 hours, including the bride’s charming decision to wear the Queen’s wedding tiara on her own big day. 

It also emerged that Edo’s son Christopher, known as Wolfie, served as best man and usher at the intimate service. 

Guests were sworn to secrecy, with overnight accommodation provided at Royal Lodge, Andrew and Fergie’s grand Windsor home.

Edo’s sister Natalia, 38, and her husband Tod Yeomans, 36, arrived with their two children Coco and Freddie on Thursday afternoon for a quick rehearsal.

Edo’s father, Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, flew in from France, and maid of honour Eugenie, 30, joined the ‘rehearsal dinner’ with husband Jack Brooksbank.

Queen Elizabeth II arriving at the Odeon in London’s Leicester Square for the Lawrence of Arabia film premiere on December 10, 1962. The Queen is wearing the same Peau De Soie taffeta dress by Norman Hartnell that was worn by Beatrice on Friday

The secluded Chapel of All Saints is opposite Royal Lodge, so Prince Andrew walked the bride to the church and down the aisle. The Queen and Prince Philip had slipped in a through a side entrance, thus maintaining social distancing.

The church was decorated with pink and white delphiniums, roses, waxflower and hydrangeas from Windsor Great Park.

Beatrice carried a bouquet of trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink waxflower, baby pink astilbe and sprigs of myrtle. During the 30-minute service,

Sarah Ferguson and Mrs Williams-Ellis read the bride andgroom’s favourite poems: I Carry You In My Heart by E E Cummings and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

There was no singing, but a selection of music was played together with the National Anthem.

Later, wedding photographs were taken, including four released to the media. None feature Prince Andrew.   

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