On Friday morning, Princess Beatrice tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a surprise ceremony in Windsor, England. The couple wed in a private ceremony after their original plans for their big day in May had to be canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among these 20 guests included the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. Princess Eugenie, and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, were also present, but, based on a recent statement, Prince William and Kate were not there.
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,” the note says.
“Working within government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family.”
Previously, the Palace had said: “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.”
A day after the private ceremony, the Royal Family Twitter account released two photos of the newlyweds. One of the photos shows the happy couple standing outside the chapel with the Queen and Prince Philip.
Although Beatrice’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, didn’t appear in the released photos, the Palace confirmed that Andrew walked his daughter down the aisle. Her mother, read a poem at the service, as did Edoardo’s mother, Nikki Shale.
Edo’s son, Christopher Woolf “Wolfie” Mapelli Mozzi was both best man and a page boy, the Palace confirmed.
Princess Beatrice looked stunning in a vintage gown loaned by the Queen. Her Majesty wore the dress to the premiere of Lawrence of Arabia at the Odeon in Leicester Square in 1962.
Beatrice combined the wedding gown with a diamond fringe tiara which the Queen wore on her wedding day in 1947.
The Queen was seen leaving the ceremony early. She had to return to Windsor Castle to bestow a knighthood on Captain Tom Moore.
After the investiture, she told the veteran fundraiser: “My granddaughter got married this morning. Both Philip and I managed to get there – very nice.”