The Many Signs Showing Princess Beatrice's Close Connection To Her Grandmother The Queen

Jul 28, 2020

It's been no secret that Princess Beatrice and her grandmother, the Queen, are incredibly close. This was cemented after Beatrice's recent wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, as Beatrice borrowed not only the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara—which Her Majesty had worn at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947—but also an iconic Norman Hartnell gown that belongs to the Queen.

Here, we take a look at the many examples of their close bond.

Princess Beatrice's Role Models

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If all of the little signs of their closeness weren't obvious enough, back in October 2017, Princess Beatrice literally told the world that her grandmother is one of her role models, along with her own mother Sarah, Duchess of York. Speaking with HELLO! Magazine, Beatrice said:

"I have two role models, my mother and my grandmother. They are both formidable women. I think having female role models is incredibly important and I am very lucky that I happen to be related to these two incredible women."

She further added:

"I find my grandmother inspiring every day because her overwhelming sense of duty is linked with an overwhelming curiosity. Every day she’s curious to learn something new, to do something new, and I think that at 91 years old, she goes out into the community with a genuine curiosity as to how she can be a force for good in the world."

Following In The Queen's Footsteps

While attending the SVC2UK Good Growth Summit last year, Beatrice was praised for being "an excellent role model for the royal family," while comparisons to her and her grandmother were made. In response to the question of how the Queen inspires her, Beatrice stated that it was her grandmother's inquisitive nature and ability to constantly ask "Why not?" and "Why can't you?" that influences her.

Princess Beatrice's 30th Birthday

Mere days after turning 30 back in August 2018, Beatrice was seen attending the Sunday church service with the Queen at Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire, Scotland—which is close to the Queen's residence Balmoral Castle. Beatrice was there to celebrate her milestone birthday with her grandma days after it took place, as well as spend some of her summer there.

Guests of Honor

Beatrice was determined to have her grandmother attend her recent wedding, which took place in Windsor, where Beatrice grew up. The intimate ceremony was at the Royal Chapel of All Saints and included the Queen and Prince Philip as important guests.

The Original Wedding Reception

Before Princess Beatrice's wedding plans changed to the intimate ceremony that took place this month, her original plans included her grandmother's London home. Original details that came out in February revealed that the ceremony was set to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace and the reception would be at Buckingham Palace.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011 also took place at Buckingham Palace, as they hosted their evening reception there after marrying at Westminster Abbey, and Beatrice's would have been the next wedding reception to occur there since.

The Queen's Iconic Norman Hartnell Dress

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For her wedding, Princess Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell gown that was on loan from the Queen—elevating the idea of "something borrowed." The gorgeous Norman Hartnell gown has been worn by the Queen on three separate occasions, including during the 1966 State Opening of Parliament.

Adapted for Beatrice's big day by Angela Kelly, the Queen's dresser, the gown was remodeled and refitted in three weeks, in which organza sleeves were added to the originally sleeveless dress. The designer, Norman Hartnell worked often with the royal family, making dresses for the Queen, Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret, including the latter's wedding dress for her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

Not only was the dress on loan from the Queen for Beatrice's wedding—but Princess Beatrice also borrowed the Queen Mary fringe tiara, which the Queen wore on her own wedding day in 1947. It's made up of 47 diamond bars made from stones that were once on a necklace that belonged to Queen Mary, which was given to her by Queen Victoria. The stunning tiara has proved popular for royal weddings—not only did the Queen wear it at her wedding, but her daughter Princess Anne wore it on her wedding day in November 1973.

What do you think of all these examples that confirm Princess Beatrice's closeness with her grandma the Queen? Let us know your thoughts on their close relationship down below. Then be sure to pass this on to any royals fans you know!