Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise secret ceremony at Windsor Castle.
The couple were due to tie the knot at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace on 29 May. But their ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 and no new date was given by the palace at the time.
Beatrice, 31, and Edo exchanged vows today at 11am at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s home of Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park. On marriage Beatrice becomes a stepmother to Edo’s son Christopher, known as Wolfie.
The bride’s grandparents the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, who have both been in isolation at Windsor Castle, were in attendance and appeared in excellent spirits as they left the service. The Queen, who has now seen six of her eight grandchildren marry, looked resplendent in mint green for the occasion.
The bride’s parents, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York as well as her sister Princess Eugenie, 30, are believed to have been among the 20 or so guests in attendance, with the guest list vastly stripped back due to Covid-19 restrictions which allow a maximum of 30 people.
A statement released by the palace said the: ‘The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family. The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government guidelines.’
The chapel which can accomodate 180 people was an ideal choice for social distancing, especially given the bride’s grandparents are both in their 90s and in a high risk group, and with only family in attendance, it means that the couple will have to celebrate with celebrity friends such as Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss and Cressida Bonas at a later date.
It is understood the couple will not be releasing a wedding photo today because they do not want to overshadow the investiture of Captain Tom Moore, who is due to receive his knighthood from the Queen at Windsor Castle this afternoon.
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Having kept their plans quiet, they tied the knot this morning in front of just 20 guests including the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, at All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park.
Beatrice, 31, and Edo, 37, are long-time family friends, but started dating in October 2018 and got engaged in September last year.
The pair said of their 11-month whirlwind romance in a statement: ‘We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement.
Property developer Edoardo is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale, and has been a friend of the Yorks for some time. The father-of-one has a son, Christopher, with his former partner Dara Huang. He’s said to enjoy an amicable relationship with Huang and prides himself on still being an active part of his son’s life. Edoardo was educated at the prestigious Radley school in Oxfordshire before studying for a Master’s in politics at Edinburgh.
He is believed to have known Beatrice for years, the royal attended the funeral of Edoardo’s stepfather, Christopher Shale, who died at of a heart attack at Glastonbury in 2011; Shale was a close friend of David Cameron.
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It is not known who else was among the intimate congregation but the couple star-studded engagement party was attended by guests including close friends Ellie Goulding and James Blunt.
The Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie both tied the knot in lavish ceremonies at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The venue was also chosen by Lady Gabriella Windsor.
Steeped in history, the 15th century Gothic chapel offers royal couples a slightly more intimate venue for their wedding, but one that is still appropriately grand.
It usually holds around 800 guests, compared with the 2,000 capacity of Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married in 2011.
Located within the castle’s grounds and surrounded by the Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate, the venue provides the royal family with a certain amount of privacy on the day of the wedding.
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The modest chapel, which was refurbished by George IV in the 1820s, is significantly smaller than St George’s Chapel where her sister Eugenie wed last year with a capacity of just 180 guests.
The chapel is on the grounds of the Royal Lodge, where the Duke and Duchess of York have been staying in lockdown.
According to the St George’s parish website, the Queen normally worships at the Chapel of All Saints for reasons of privacy.
She attends services at the larger St George’s Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan wed in 2017, on certain special occasions, such as the Easter morning service every year.
The All Saints Chapel has also been home to more intimate gatherings throughout the royal’s history, including the Queen mother’s funeral in 2002.
The Queen mother lived in the Royal Lodge as a widow and would regularly attend service there, as it’s only 100 yards from the entrance. Queen Victoria also attended services in the chapel.
Princess Beatrice and Edo would have been allowed a maximum of 30 people at their wedding due to ongoing government restrictions. Photos reveal the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were among those attended and it is likely the bride’s grandparents would have been among the congregation.
However, like so many couples around the world, Beatrice and Edo’s plans were thrown into disarray when the UK went into lockdown on March 23. It emerged shortly afterwards that the couple had postponed their plans, although no new date was confirmed.
It would seem the couple took the decision to marry in a small, intimate service with only their closest friends and family, rather than wait to reschedule.
Princess Beatrice spent lockdown with Edo and future mother-in-law Nikki Shale at her £1.5 million country house near Chipping Norton.
Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew were all in isolation at the Royal Lodge.
Edo is said to enjoy an amicable relationship with his ex, Huang and prides himself on still being an active part of his son’s life.