Princess Beatrice Welcomes Her First Child With Her Husband
Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, are proud parents after welcoming a baby girl this weekend, Buckingham Palace revealed on September 20.
"Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London," the palace disclosed. "The new baby's grandparents and great-grandparents have all been informed and are delighted with the news. The family would like to thank all the staff at the hospital for their wonderful care."
It is the 12th great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth II and the second child for Mozzi, who shares his son, "Wolfie," with his ex. It is the first child for Princess Beatrice. "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well," the statement concluded. "And the couple are looking forward to introducing their daughter to her big brother Christopher Woolf."
Beatrice also tweeted an update for her followers. "So delighted to share the news of the safe arrival of our daughter on Saturday 18th September 2021, at 23.42, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London," she wrote. "Thank you to the Midwife team and everyone at the hospital for their wonderful care."
The first-time mom, 33, and her husband first revealed they were expecting a child in May. "The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news," the palace confirmed at the time.
For the couple, it's been quite an action-packed year with the arrival of their little one, as well as a wedding all within 15 months. Similar to tens of millions of other to-be-weds around the world, the couple grappled with postponed wedding plans throughout COVID. Ultimately, upon dealing with setbacks, they decided to marry in a minimony on July 17, 2020. The private nuptials took place at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor Castle, a popular choice for royal grandchildren including Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie, who both married at the sprawling second home of the queen.
At the time, the bride and groom were joined by the bride's late grandfather, Prince Philip, and Queen Elizabeth. "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," the palace shared. "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 faced the gargantuan task of 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 dealt with a rather dramatic year: Prince Charles battled the coronavirus in spring 2020. It was subsequently revealed Prince William had also contracted COVID at some point. "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," Charles said in a video. Prince Andrew, meanwhile, has dealt with his own set of issues in the press and continues to face fallout given his relationship to Jeffrey Epstein.)
Though Beatrice was originally set to marry Mozzi on May 29, 2020, the couple had to pivot their 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.
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 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 marriage also alluded to the royal adding yet another title to the list. Since Mozzi is a descendant of the Italian aristocracy, she was speculated to become 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."