Princess Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have officially tied the knot. The happy couple wed in a private ceremony in Windsor on Friday July 17, after having postponed their nuptials because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news with a statement:
The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. 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.
Here's what else we know so far about the big day.
Previously, Princess Beatrice had intended to be married on May 29, but shortly after the coronavirus hit the UK, her mother, Sarah Ferguson, confirmed that the wedding was postponed due to the ongoing global health crisis. They eventually wed in a private ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17.
Princess Beatrice and Edo, as he is known to close friends, were wed in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Beatrice's childhood home. The change in venue was likely in part to allow for the Queen and Prince Philip to be there, as they are still socially distancing in Windsor.
The initial wedding plans called for the couple to tie the knot at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London. "The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace," read a statement released by the royal family on social media.
"The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace." It would have been the first reception hosted at Buckingham Palace since that of Will and Kate in 2011.
On September 26, 2019 the engagement news was announced via the royal family's Twitter account. "Edo" proposed to Beatrice in Italy earlier that month.
"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," the happy couple said in a statement. "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 are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Beatrice to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.— The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) September 26, 2019
Her Royal Highness and Mr Mapelli Mozzi became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month: https://t.co/HQ2DDObVWY
📷Princess Eugenie pic.twitter.com/oMvVdBWj5H
In a series of portraits released in tandem with the engagement announcement, Princess Beatrice showed off her new piece of jewelry. According to a statement released by the Duke of York's office, Edo "designed a ring in collaboration with the British jewellery designer Shaun Leane."
Beatrice’s wedding ring was also designed by Leane, while the groom’s ring was a vintage gold band designed by Josh Collins, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Instead of commissioning a new gown for her wedding day, Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by famed royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell, which Queen Elizabeth loaned the bride. A legendary figure, Hartnell began designing for the royal family in the 1930s and went on to design both the Queen’s wedding dress and her coronation gown.
The dress Beatrice wore is made from Peau De Soie taffeta in shades of ivory trimmed with ivory Duchess satin; the sleeves, which appear to have been added for the wedding, are organza. A statement from the Palace adds that the dress is encrusted with diamanté and has a geometric checkered bodice. It was tailored to fit the Queen’s granddaughter by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal designer and wardrobe advisor, and Stewart Parvin, a British fashion designer who specializes in bridal designs.
For his part, the groom wore a mourning suit.
In a touching tribute to her grandmother, Princess Beatrice wore Queen Mary’s diamond fringe tiara, which was on loan from Her Majesty. The tiara is particularly significant because it is the one the Queen herself wore on her wedding day. It was originally made in 1919 for Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, by the royal jewelers Garrard and Co., and fashioned from a diamond necklace that Queen Victoria had given Mary of Teck for her wedding.
Beatrice’s aunt, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, wore the tiara on her wedding day to Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.
A source told T&C that the wedding had a “secret garden” theme, and the floral inspiration is clear in the images that the couple released. The entrance to the church was surrounded by an arch made from soft, olive-hued greeney; pink, white, and peach roses; and what appear to be hydrangeas and delphiniums.
The Palace released details of Princess Beatrice’s bouquet. It was made from “trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink o’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astilbes.” In keeping with royal tradition, sprigs of myrtle were included in the bouquet, a tradition that began with the wedding of Queen Victoria’s oldest child, Princess Victoria.
This bouquet was designed by Patrice Van Helden of RVH Floral Design, which was also responsible for the flowers for Princess Eugenie's big day.
In keeping with another royal tradition, the bride’s bouquet was placed on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
The intimate family ceremony took place at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17, and was officiated by the Reverend Canon Paul Wright, a dean of the Chapel Royal, and the Reverend Canon Martin Poll, Domestic Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen, according to Buckingham Palace.
The bride’s father, Prince Andrew, walked her down the aisle.
The service reportedly included two poems chosen by the couple and read by the bride and groom’s mothers, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and Nikki Williams-Ellis. One was Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare (which begins “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”) and E.E. Cummings’ “I carry you in my heart.” There was also a reading from the bible, St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians Chapter 13, verses 1-13.
According to Buckingham Palace, government guidelines regarding the pandemic were followed, which meant no hymns were sung (some scientists have believe that singing can spread coronavirus) but there was still music. “God Save the Queen” was played but not sung.
The Guest List
While Beatrice is quite close to a number of celebrities including Karlie Kloss and Ellie Goulding, as well as fashion designers like Misha Nonoo, and, as planned, her original wedding might have been a starry affair, the intimate nuptials on Friday included just a few guests. A source told T&C that fewer than 20 people were invited to the event. Buckingham Palace confirmed that Princess Beatrice’s grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were there, as well as the couple’s parents and siblings. Wolfie, Edo’s young son from a previous relationship, played the pivotal role of best man and pageboy.
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