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Designed by Norman Hartnell (the same designer who created Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown!), the dress was originally worn by the Queen during the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia. Yet, Princess Beatrice made a few changes to the vintage look when it came time to wear it down the aisle, adding puffed organza sleeves and altering the hem.
But even though Bea’s wedding dress is one-of-a-kind, brides can still recreate the regal look on their own wedding day by focusing on elements like the unique fabric and traditional silhouette. “It’s a very classic design, a classic shape,” explains Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride. “If you start there, then consider what embellishments you would put on top of it. You can look for an embellished bodice and a silk skirt [when] recreating the look.”
Meet the Expert
Julie Sabatino is the founder of The Stylish Bride, a personal styling and wedding day service for brides.
And while we love a sleek, simple and minimal gown, we appreciate that the princess went with the opposite of recent royal brides and opted for an old-school regal look.
Ready to wear an ultra-royal wedding gown of your own? Ahead, 16 wedding dresses inspired by Princess Beatrice’s vintage look—with options for the glamorous bride, the casual bride and every bride in between!