Princess Beatrice was among the members of the royal family who attended the recently-concluded memorials service for the late Prince Philip. Only a few mourners were allowed to attend the funeral service because of the strict COVID-19 rules in place.
The service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, on Tuesday, was a much bigger event. Buckingham Palace even revealed that the grandmother of Princess Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth, had been actively involved in its planning.
Prince Beatrice, in particular, caught the attention of many when she burst into tears at Prince Philip's memorial service on what was a highly emotional day for the royal family. Keep on reading to know more details.
Princess Beatrice Breaks Down In Tears During Prince Philip's Memorial Service
Princess Beatrice started to cry as she looked at Queen Elizabeth holding onto the arm of her father, Prince Andrew. The Princess of York and her sister, Princess Eugenie, graced the memorial with their husbands, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank, respectively.
The daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson joined the other royal family members to honor the late Prince Philip during the service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, March 29. Aside from Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, senior royals including Prince Charles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne were also present at the said event.
Prince Andrew took the spotlight at the memorial while accompanying Queen Elizabeth to the poignant occasion. The father of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie traveled with the British monarch by car from Windsor Castle to Westminster Abbey.
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The decision to attend Prince Philip's memorial service came despite Prince Andrew paying millions out of court, earlier this month, to settle a civil s*xual assault case filed by Virginia Giuffre. His presence is seen as a major signal of support from Queen Elizabeth herself.
The father of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie had a front-row seat in the Abbey, sitting close to his other siblings. On Prince Andrew's left was Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and their children -- Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Across the aisle on Prince Andrew's right sat Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princes of Wales, and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, attended with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, sitting behind Queen Elizabeth. Behind Prince Andrew and Prince Edward's family were Peter Philips, Zara, Mike Tindall, and their kids.
Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, and their husbands smiled at the members of Abbey's chapter as they walked inside Westminster Abbey. Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker-Bowles, and Princess Anne all dressed in dark green, which was seemingly a subtle tribute to Prince Philip, whose livery color was Edinburg Green.
Princess Beatrice's 'Dating' Accessory At Prince Philip's Service Broke Royal Tradition
Meanwhile, Hello Magazine reported the daring accessory of Princess Beatrice during her grandfather Prince Philip's service of thanksgiving actually broke royal tradition. The sister of Princess Eugenie looked stunning when she arrived at Westminster Abbey together with her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
The Princess of York recycled her glamorous fitted "Beatrice" coat dress from Nonoo Lyons and plush velvet heels from Gianvito Rossi. Princess Beatrice completed her look with a striking detail on the shoulders, a gathered waistline, and statement bell sleeves.
However, the most striking element of Princess Beatrice's ensemble was the oversized burgundy headband layered with maroon-colored flowers and an elegant facial veil. Most, if not all, royal fans are aware that facial veils are traditionally associated with a gesture of sorrow, respect, and piety.
In royal tradition, black veils are only worn at the funeral of a sovereign. Queen Elizabeth, her mother, grandmother Princess Mary, and Princess Margaret all appeared in long black veils at King George VI's state funeral in 1952.
The service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip was neither a funeral nor was he a sovereign, which means the sophisticated fashion statement of Princess Beatrice went against the grain of royal fashion tradition. However, it is also likely that the Princess of York added a facial veil as a nod to royal tradition that she may have chosen to adopt as a sign of respect.
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