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Princess Beatrice's wedding dress at Windsor Castle

Type:Exhibition

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

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HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress at Windsor Castle, Royal Collection Trust / (c) All Rights Reserved

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From Thursday, 24 September, a visit to Windsor Castle will include the special display of HRH Princess Beatrice of York’s wedding dress, first worn by Her Majesty The Queen in the 1960s and designed by the renowned British fashion designer Sir Norman Hartnell.  

The wedding dress is on display in the State Dining Room, one of the Semi-State Rooms, which open to the public each year between September and March. Originally created as private apartments for George IV, the Semi-State Rooms are among the most richly decorated interiors in the Castle and are used by The Queen for official entertaining.

Princess Beatrice chose to wear a vintage dress loaned by Her Majesty The Queen for her wedding to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020. It is made of ivory peau de soie taffeta and hand embroidered on the bodice, waist and hips in crystals and diamantés, while the skirt is trimmed with a band of ivory duchess satin.  

The original design by Sir Norman Hartnell was altered for Her Royal Highness under the direction of Miss Angela Kelly, Personal Advisor, Dresser and Curator to The Queen, and the British fashion designer Mr Stewart Parvin. The full-skirted silhouette was softened to give a more contemporary, simplified shape and short sleeves of triple organza were added to the straps and embroidered with vintage diamantés to match the original design. Each alteration made to the dress is reversible.  

Sir Norman Hartnell designed many of the outfits worn by The Queen for official events and family occasions during the first half of her reign, including Her Majesty’s wedding dress in 1947 and Coronation dress in 1953. The Queen first wore the taffeta gown in Rome during a State Visit in 1961. Her Majesty wore it again to the London premiere of the film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and for the State Opening of Parliament in 1966. The design of the dress is in keeping with Her Majesty’s predominant style of State evening wear in the 1960s, and is an example of Hartnell’s signature crinoline silhouette and love of embellishment. 

The display at Windsor Castle also features Princess Beatrice’s wedding shoes, made by Valentino, and a replica of Her Royal Highness’s bouquet made from artificial flowers. The bouquet was designed by Patrice Van Helden, co-owner of RVH Floral Design, and contained trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, Royal Porcelina spray roses, pink O’Hara roses, pink ‘wax flower’ (Chamelaucium uncinatum), baby pink astilbe and sprigs of myrtle.

An official range of commemorative china and souvenir items to celebrate the wedding of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is available. The exclusive design shows the couple’s initials surmounted by the coronet of Princess Beatrice, surrounded by a bouquet of pink roses, peonies, lemon blossom and thistles, secured with the white rose of York.
 

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Lift - gives access to State Apartments and Semi-State Rooms.
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop on audio tour.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Facility for service dogs - water available on request
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Italian audio guide
  • Japanese audio guide
  • Mandarin audio guide
  • Portuguese audio guide - Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Undercroft Café serving freshly prepared meals, including sandwiches, wraps, salads and sweet treats and an exclusive selection of teas

COVID-19 Response

  • Capacity limit - Visitors must book tickets in advance through www.rct.uk/tickets as capacities will be limited
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment only - Payment by card only
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 staff training completed - All front-of-house staff fully trained in COVID-secure procedures
  • Deep cleaning between visitors - Enhanced cleaning regimes
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff - Hand sanitiser stations along the visitor routes
  • Hygiene screens in place - Perspex screens at all till points
  • One way system - Introduction of one-way routes in some areas
  • Online booking possible

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Green Transport - Green Line from London. Buses and coaches from Slough, Staines, Heathrow and Bracknell.
  • Parking (charge) - No car parking on site but follow the signs for LONG STAY PARKING in Windsor town centre; these car parks are better value if you are visiting the castle.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Approx length of visit - A typical visit lasts between 2 and 3 hours.
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Only Blue Bage Guides accredited to Windsor Castle are permitted to guide within the precincts of the Castle.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 9999
  • Min group size - 15
  • Special group rates - Reduced admission charges apply to groups of 15 or more visitors
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Japanese printed material
  • Mandarin printed material
  • Portuguese printed material - Brazilian Portuguese
  • Russian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun - In addition to trails and a children's audio guide we now offer an exciting family programme every Saturday throughout the year, linked to the amazing history of Windsor Castle, the magnificent art works on display and the royal residents past and present who have lived here.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Open (24 Sept 2020 - 22 Nov 2020)

* Please note the Castle is open Thursday to Monday (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Until 31 Oct 2020 10:00 to 17:15
From 1 Nov 2020 10:00 to 16:15

Last admission 75 minutes before closing. Please check the 'provisional closure' dates on the Windsor Castle page to avoid any disappointment

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