Prince Andrew is left out of official photos as Princess Beatrice wears Queen's vintage dress for secret wedding

PRINCE Andrew was left out of the official pictures of his daughter Beatrice’s surprise wedding — even though he walked her down the aisle.

Two photos were released by Buckingham Palace — one featured the Princess and her new husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi while the other showed the newlyweds with the Queen and Prince Philip.


But after months of being linked to the Jeffrey Epstein paedophile scandal, there was no place for the bride’s father in the official album.

Beatrice, 31, wore a vintage 1950s dress loaned by the Queen’s wardrobe for the low-key occasion on Friday with less than 20 guests.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew and Fergie and Edoardo’s parents attended the “Covid secure” event along with the bride’s sister Princess Eugenie, 30, and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

Edoardo’s son Wolfie, three, from a previous relationship, was best man and page boy.

The bride also had the honour of wearing the Queen Mary Tiara — which Her Majesty had on for her wedding in 1947 — at the ceremony in the All Saints Chapel near Andrew’s Royal Lodge home at Windsor, Berks.

Though the national anthem was played during the ceremony, the guests were gagged from singing under coronavirus guidelines.

There were no comments from the couple last night but a Palace statement said: “They decided to hold a small private ceremony with their parents and siblings following the postponement of their wedding in May.

“The service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family.”

Beatrice and property tycoon Edoardo, 37, had been isolating at his mother’s house in Oxfordshire, which could have prevented the Duke from walking his daughter down the aisle, according to pandemic guidelines.

But Beatrice had recently been to Royal Lodge after the Government relaxed rules on visiting other households.

Her mum Sarah Ferguson, 60, and Edo’s mum Nikki Williams-Ellis MBE, 64, both read poems chosen by the couple.

The short and intimate ceremony was officiated by The Reverend Canon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplain to The Queen.

Her Majesty and Duke of Edinburgh spent 45 minutes at the event before they were driven the three miles to Windsor Castle, where they have been in lockdown.

After the senior royals departed, a small number of close family, believed to be 14, had a sit-down lunch inside Royal Lodge.

The newlyweds and pals then had a beery post-wedding knees-up — by going down the boozer.

They partied inside a pub-themed marquee cheekily dubbed The Duke of York by guests.

The pop-up local — in the back garden of Royal Lodge — included a bar with draft beer, a jukebox, dart board and sofas.

Andrew is known to be a fan of Spitfire beer from the  Kent-based Shepherd Neame brewery.

A friend of the newlyweds said: “I heard that everyone had a great night. It was totally relaxed.

“There was a bit of dancing into the early hours with the jukebox blazing away. Some guests were making sure they kept their social distance — and everyone was laughing about it.”

Friends of the newly married couple started turning up at the party venue from 5pm, arriving via the gates of  Windsor Great Park.

The mobile bar had been delivered to Andrew’s home two months ago and has been used by the family during lockdown.

Attached to the side of the kitchen garden cottage in the grounds, the marquee and attachments costs £500 a week to hire.

Beatrice’s wedding dress was made from peau de soie taffeta in shades of ivory, trimmed with ivory duchess satin, with organza sleeves.

It is described as encrusted with diamanté with a geometric-chequered bodice. The dress belongs to the Queen and was created by her wedding dress designer Norman Hartnell in the 1950s.

Beatrice had it refitted for her big day following work by both the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly and her dress designer Stewart Parvin.

The tiara that Beatrice wore, which can also be a necklace, was made for Queen Mary in 1919.

It was originally a diamond necklace given to her by  Queen Victoria for the  then-Princess of Teck’s wedding to Prince George, Duke of York, in 1893.

The wedding photos also reveal Beatrice’s colourful bouquet with sprigs of myrtle in keeping with royal tradition.

The bouquet was trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, Pink O’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astilbe. The bouquet was later placed on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

Beatrice’s ring was designed by bespoke Mayfair jeweller Shaun Leane — best known for his work for Alexander McQueen, who has previously designed jewellery for Kate and Meghan.

Edoardo’s vintage gold band was designed by Royal Tunbridge Wells jeweller Josh Collins.

His father is Count Alex Mapelli Mozzi, 69, a former Olympian and Italian nobleman.

Beatrice and Edoardo’s original wedding in May was postponed due to Covid-19. Some 150 guests were scheduled to attend a ceremony at St James’s Palace with hundreds more expected at a reception in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s surprise attendance on Friday was seen as a sign of support for Andrew. It is believed to be the first time she had seen her son since lockdown.

Andrew, wanted for questioning as a witness by US prosecutors investigating the activities of the late US tycoon Epstein, was pictured yesterday looking relaxed as he drove out of Royal Lodge.

Her Majesty is expected to leave Windsor to travel to Balmoral in the next few days where she enjoys spending summer. It is not known if Prince Philip will join her.





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