A Royal Wedding Tradition to Love

Who doesn’t enjoy a Royal Wedding, particularly one during a global pandemic!?  We were all treated, this weekend, to lovely pictures of the small, but beautiful, wedding of Princess Beatrice and her Italian beau Edoardo “Edo” Mapelli Mozzi this pass Friday.

Much has been written about the private affair at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, with only 20 people attending.  The bride wore a “borrowed” dress and tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth at her own nuptials.  She and the groom, required to reschedule their wedding due to the Covid-19 pandemic, beamed and looked picture-perfect.  Hopefully, we could all enjoy a moment of hope and love.

Although I’ve been a great fan of Royal Weddings since Lady Diana married Prince Charles, I learned something new with this ceremony.   After the wedding, Princess Beatrice’s wedding bouquet was immediately placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, following in a royal tradition for generations.  I absolutely adore this idea!  Not only does it connect “The Royals” to the subjects they serve, but it is a simple, but extraordinary, demonstration about how a couple—any couple—can weave remembrances into their ceremony.

Often, I have couples who wish to remember folks who have passed, during their wedding; however, they hope to do so in a gentle way so as to not bring a cloud of sadness over the ceremony.  I’ve always encouraged brides and grooms to do this as I think it brings a richness and gravity to the service, whether it is lighting a candle in memory of a loved one, “saving” a chair for the honoree, or placing photographs of the deceased around the ceremony or reception space—all are wonderful options to honor a loved one.   The idea of using flowers or bouquets to do the same is a brilliant idea, as the Brits would say!  According to Royal sources, her flowers “consisted of a pink and white arrangement with pink and cream sweet peas, trailing jasmine, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, baby pink astilbe, pink waxflower, and pink o’hara garden roses, as well as traditional myrtle.” 

God Bless Princess Beatrice and Edo!