Yesterday, 17 July 2020, Princess Beatrice of York married Edoardo “Edo” Mapelli Mozzi at a private ceremony in Windsor. The wedding took place Friday morning at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge. Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell that had previously been worn by the Queen as well as the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen. The tiara was worn by the Queen on her wedding day in 1947.

The new date of the royal wedding was not announced in advance, and Buckingham Palace said the ceremony was “small.” Fewer than twenty people attended the wedding, surely making this one of the most intimate British royal weddings ever. According to reports, the marriage was attended by the following: the Queen; the Duke of Edinburgh; the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York (parents of the bride; Princess Eugenie (who served as her sister’s maid of honour) and her husband Jack Brooksbank; Count Alex Mapelli Mozzi (the groom’s father, who flew in from France for the event); Nicola Williams-Ellis and her husband David (the groom’s mother and stepfather); Natalia Yeomans and her husband Tod (the groom’s sister and brother-in-law) with their children Coco and Freddie; as well as four year-old Wolfie Mapelli Mozzi, Edo’s son and Beatrice’s stepson, who served as his father’s best man. Canon Martin Poll, the Queen’s domestic chaplain, officiated at the wedding.

The church was decorated with pink and white delphiniums, roses, waxflower and hydrangeas from Windsor Great Park. Beatrice carried a bouquet of trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink waxflower, baby pink astilbe and sprigs of myrtle. During the thirty-minute service, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Nicola Williams-Ellis read the bride and groom’s favourite poems: I Carry You In My Heart by e.e. cummings and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.

The Queen, aged 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99, have been isolating at Windsor since March; the wedding is believed to be the first time that the couple have attended a family gathering since the UK lockdown began. Later on Friday, the Queen knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old who raised millions of pounds for NHS charities After the investiture, the Queen told the Sir Tom Moore: “My granddaughter got married this morning. Both Philip and I managed to get there – very nice.

Edo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice began dating in Fall 2018. They became engaged during a weekend trip to Italy in September 2019. Their families have known one another for quite awhile. Beatrice and Edo are believed to have started a relationship after meeting again at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018. On the occasion of Edo and Bea’s engagement, the following statement was released by Buckingham Palace on 26 September 2019:

The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York to Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. 

Her Royal Highness and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month. 

The wedding will take place in 2020. Further details will be announced in due course. 

Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi said, “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.” 

The Duke and Duchess of York said, “We are thrilled that Beatrice and Edoardo have got engaged, having watched their relationship develop with pride. We are the lucky parents of a wonderful daughter who has found her love and companion in a completely devoted friend and loyal young man. We send them every good wish for a wonderful family future.” 

Mrs. Nikki Williams-Ellis and Mr. Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi said, “We are truly delighted about Edoardo and Beatrice’s engagement. Our family has known Beatrice for most of her life. Edo and Beatrice are made for each other, and their happiness and love for each other is there for all to see. They share an incredibly strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship.”

Princess Beatrice “Bea” Elizabeth Mary of York (b.8 August 1988) is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York (b.19 February 1960), and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York (b.15 October 1959; née Ferguson). Princess Beatrice is ninth in theline of succession to the British throne. The princess works for Afiniti, an artificial intelligence software firm, where she is the vice president of partnerships and strategy. Edoardo “Edo” Alessandro Mapelli-Mozzi (b.19 November 1983) is the son of Count Alessandro “Alex” Mapelli-Mozzi (b.7 May 1951) and his former wife Nicola “Nikki” Diana Burrows (b.February 1956). Edo is a property developer. From a previous relationship with Dara Huang, Edo has a son, Christopher Woolf “Wolfie” Mapelli Mozzi (b.28 March 2016).

All of our best wishes to Princess Beatrice and Edoardo on the occasion of their marriage!

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