Princess Beatrice’s bridal look has been widely praised for it’s simplicity, sophistication and for it’s sentimental value

The latest royal to tie the knot – and the first one to do so during a global pandemic – has also been applauded for making a ‘wise’ decision with her ‘sustainable’ pick and of course, by not splurging tax-payer’s money on an elaborate look.

The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York wed in a very intimate ceremony last Friday.

The red-haired beauty donned a Norman Hartnell vintage dress previously worn by her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, which was revamped by royal dressmakers Angela Kelly and Stewart Parvin. Beatrice paired the dress with the Queen Mary Fringe tiara, also worn by the Queen on her wedding day, which belonged to the monarch’s mother Queen Mary.

Here’s what a few social media users had to say about her look…

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South African award-winning designer and bridal dress expert, Jacqui Emmanuel, shared her thoughts about the look with All4Women. Here’s what she had to say…

“I love the sentimental value attached to the gown, there’s memories built and it’s beautiful to see that tradition following suit. Fashion works in cycles, so it’s definitely something that has raised eyebrows for many reasons.

“I personally thought it was a beautiful gesture and she looked sublime.”

Jacqui believes Beatrice also made the perfect tweaks to the dress.

“I loved that she made the Queen’s dress her own…I also loved the voluminous silk organza sleeves. Even though it was done for traditional worship reasoning, it also made a fashion statement as voluminous sleeves are currently a hit.”

When asked which royal wedding dress was her favourite, Jacqui responded: “I loved Duchess Kate’s dress. It was a classic cut, very timeless lace and had a modern twist on a high neck. It was the epitome of sophistication.”


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With regards to wedding dress trends during lockdown, Jacqui claims that brides are keeping it simple, as should be expected

“Brides are keeping it very simple, which is completely understandable. It’s a difficult time that we are in and we have to prioritise things which are more important. However, price is not a determining factor of how beautiful a gown can be.”

Asked if she would ever hop on the trend of adjusting heirloom gowns for brides, Jacqui added: “Even though we don’t do alterations to existing wedding gowns, I do get many requests for this and understand the significance of this, as there is a lot of memories that one wants to share.

“I would be happy to design a gown for a bride and collaborate an existing gowns lace or details into a new gown. That’s the future of sustainable gowns.”

Related: How Princess Beatrice transformed Queen Elizabeth’s vintage gown into a wedding dress