Princess Beatrice marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in private Windsor ceremony

Princess Beatrice marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in private Windsor ceremony


Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli MozziImage copyrightPA MEDIA
Image captionPrincess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi pictured last summer
Princess Beatrice has married property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a private ceremony in Windsor.
The wedding took place on Friday morning at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge. It was attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, along with other close relatives.
Beatrice was initially due to marry in May but coronavirus delayed the plans.
The new date had not been announced in advance and Buckingham Palace said the ceremony was "small".
The wedding took place at 11:00 BST in accordance with all relevant government guidelines, the palace said in a statement.
When the coronavirus lockdown began on 23 March, weddings in England were banned under almost all circumstances. However, since 4 July, ceremonies of up to 30 people have been allowed to take place.
Queen Elizabeth II awards Captain Sir Thomas Moore with the insignia of Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle on 17 JulyImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe investiture took place in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle
The Queen, 94, and Philip, 99, have been isolating at Windsor since March and the ceremony is believed to be the first time the pair have attended a family gathering since lockdown began.
Later on Friday, she was pictured knighting Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old who raised more than £32m for NHS charities - her first official engagement in person since lockdown.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at St James's PalaceImage copyrightPA MEDIA
Image captionThe couple have only been seen in public together on a few occasions - including here at St James's Palace at a Pitch@Palace event last June
The princess, 31, and Mr Mapelli Mozzi, 35, had originally planned to marry on 29 May at the Chapel Royal, St James Palace, in London.
The new venue of Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park - a short drive from Windsor Castle - is Beatrice's childhood home. Her parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, still live at the property and also attended the ceremony.
It was held at the chapel regularly used by the Queen as her place of worship when she is staying at Windsor.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in WindsorImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionPrincess Beatrice with her mother, the Duchess of York, at the wedding of Princess Eugenie
Mr Mapelli Mozzi - known as Edo - and Beatrice began dating in autumn 2018. They got engaged during a weekend trip to Italy last September.
Their families have known one another for many years. The couple are said to have started a relationship after meeting again at Beatrice's sister Princess Eugenie's wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
The wedding at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in October 2018 was attended by 850 guests, while 1,200 people chosen by ballot followed proceedings from the grounds.
Princess Eugenie and her new husband Jack Brooksbank kiss as they leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle following their weddingImage copyrightPA
Image captionPrincess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank pictured after their wedding
Newlyweds Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank wave to the crowds from their carriage after their Royal wedding at St. George's ChapelImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionCrowds lined the streets as the couple travelled by carriage through Windsor following the ceremony in 2018
Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne, is not a full-time working royal but works for Afiniti, an artificial intelligence software firm, where she is vice president of partnerships and strategy.
Mr Mapelli Mozzi is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Williams-Ellis and is a count himself.
The princess has become a stepmother, as he has a young son named Wolfie with ex-fiancee Dara Huang.


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