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 May 29th but their ceremony was postponed due to COVID and no new date was given by the palace.
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.
The bride’s grandparents the Queen who is 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 has now seen six of her eight grandchildren marry.
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.”
According to the Daily Mail,
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.
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.
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.
(via Daily Mail)