Princess Beatrice Quietly Marries Edo Mapelli Mozzi at Windsor Chapel
Congratulations to the newlyweds. Amid COVID-19, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi quietly married Friday, July 17, at Windsor Chapel, in a minimony before a small group of loved ones.
The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II was originally set to marry Mozzi on May 29, but had to since pivot her plans twice with the pandemic's growing influence on group gatherings. The onset of the pandemic prompted a mass postponement of weddings around the world starting in early 2020. Princess Beatrice and Edo Mapelli Mozzi's new, chosen wedding venue was the All Saint's Chapel in Windsor Great Park, where about 20 loved ones witnessed the couple exchange vows. Attendees included Princess Beatrice's father, Prince Andrew, as well as her grandparents, the queen and Prince Philip.
"The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11 a.m. on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor," read the statement from Buckingham Palace. "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."
The Couple's Original Wedding Plans
Originally, the couple had planned a ceremony at St. James's Palace followed by a garden reception at Buckingham Palace. Since the initial plans were made, the future spouses had to iterate multiple times in order to follow ongoing changes. First, they were faced with having to scale back their guest count due to social distancing measures. On April 16, they followed up with yet another announcement that they would be postponing their nuptials until further notice.
"There are no plans to switch venues or hold a bigger wedding," a rep previously told People. "They aren't even thinking about their wedding at this time. There will come a time to rearrange, but that's not yet."
Interestingly enough, the couple had been monitoring the situation for quite some time and even held off from sending invitations to their guest list, according to a magazine source. (The royal family in particular is coming off a rather dramatic year: Prince Charles battled the coronavirus this spring. "Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus, luckily with relatively mild symptoms, I now find myself on the other side of the illness but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation," he said in a video. Prince Andrew, meanwhile, has dealt with his own set of issues in the press.)
The Couple's Love Story
The couple got engaged in September 2019, and the news of their engagement was announced several weeks later alongside images taken by the bride's sister, Princess Eugenie. "We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement," the pair announced in their joint statement. "We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can't wait to be married… We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."
Since their initial engagement announcement, both Princess Beatrice and Mozzi have encouraged guests and fans to "learn more" about two distinct charities: Big Change, founded by the bride, and Cricket Builds Hope, which touts itself as "a tool for positive social change in Rwanda." Royal Family members have long encouraged couples move forward with charity registries in hopes to spotlight contributions to specific organizations in lieu of wedding gifts.
Princess Beatrice's wedding and new union now means she gets to add another title to the list. Since Mozzi is a descendant of the Italian aristocracy, she will be a countess. "Edoardo is the only male descendent taking the family into the next generation," the groom's father, Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, previously told the Daily Mail. "He is a count—his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna."