It came as a real shock to royal family fans when Princess Beatrice revealed that she had secretly married her fiancé Edoardo Mapello Mozzi on Friday 17th July. Fans quickly flooded social media with well-wishes, and on Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted some words of support for the newlyweds.
The couple posted from their Kensington Royal Instagram account, sharing an official photo of Beatrice and her new husband standing two meters apart from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The sweet photo was accompanied with a “Just Married” gif as well as a kind message, which went as follows: “Congratulations to HRH Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapello Mozzi who were married in a small private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on Friday!”
The couple also retweeted a message from The Royal Family official Twitter account, which shared the same message, only with a different photo of the newlyweds heading out of the church after their ceremony. The Royal Family Instagram also posted the same photo that Prince William and Kate Middleton shared, with the post being liked by both Edoardo and the Cambridges.
The official photos from Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding were released on Saturday night. The fairytale-like photographs, captured by photographer Benjamin Wheeler, show Princess Beatrice and Edoardo leaving the church hand-in-hand following the intimate service, which was only attended by their closest family members.
Beatrice looked wonderful on her big day, in a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell, on loan from Her Majesty The Queen, while her husband was looked elegant as well in his morning suit. Like most royal brides, the Princess didn’t reveal the identity of the designer until the big day.
The initial plan for the wedding was that the couple would get married on May 29th 2020, but due to the global pandemic, they had to postpone their nuptials. Beatrice and Edoardo have been engaged since September 2019, when the groom-to-be proposed with a bespoke diamond ring, designed by Mayfair atelier Shaun Leane, during a romantic getaway in Italy.
Surprisingly, the wedding was not announced in advance and pictures of the ceremony were not released immediately, which is unusual for royal weddings.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The couple decided to hold a small private ceremony with their parents and siblings following the postponement of their wedding in May. Working within Government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family.”