In the middle of *broad gesture* all of this, Princess Beatrice managed to pull off a royal wedding and it doesn’t even look like she had to sacrifice much to do so. From the venue to the dress to the location, she managed a full-on fairy tale wedding and for that, P. Bea is to be lauded. You did it, girl. You secured the fantasy. A church out of a picture book, enough flowers to choke a gaggle of fairies, a beautiful man, and a diamond tiara. NAILED IT.
However, judging by the official pictures, you’d think the good Princess was an orphan raised by her grandparents. Not that we can blame the family for keeping Andrew out of the official shots, but the absence is glaring. A shame they couldn’t let Fergie into the pictures. The Queen and especially Prince Philip are said not to love her all that much, but still. Anyway, Betty looks great and we have to admit, we’re a bit surprised Phil is up and about. We thought we’d never see him in public again after they whisked him away to retirement.
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From the top: She’s sporting the Diamond Fringe tiara originally made for Queen Mary in 1919 and lent to then-Princess Elizabeth on her wedding day. The gown is also a vintage Norman Hartnell dress from the Queen’s collection. She wore it several times in the 1960s, including the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia and the 1967 State Opening of Parliament. It was remodeled by the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly and she appears to have added the organza sleeves and switched out the original rolled hem for a satin-trimmed standard hem. It’s a pretty look, but the alterations are a bit clumsy and obvious. At the very least, the straps should have been removed to make way for a yoke and sleeves.
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It strikes us a fairly shrewd play on P. Bea’s part to tie her wedding so closely to her grandmother at a time when her family’s public standing is pretty precarious. We don’t know how savvy she is at sending messages through her style choices but pretty much every woman in the family has a base understanding of how to do so. On the other hand, she’s a granddaughter who knows her grandparents aren’t likely to be around much longer, so we suppose we should opt for less cynicism in our assessment.
Nah. Dad’s an internationally famous scandal machine at the moment. Girlfriend did the smart thing. Hitch your wagon to Granny Betty and hold on.
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