The Queen Left Princess Beatrice's Wedding Early for an Important Knighthood Ceremony

Bianca Betancourt
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Queen Elizabeth II left Princess Beatrice's secret wedding ceremony early today in order to bestow a knighthood onto Captain Tom Moore.

  • The 100-year-old veteran was being knighted to honor his immense effort in fundraising millions of dollars for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Beatrice and her new husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, are expected to not share any photos from their special day until tomorrow, so as to not overshadow Moore's investiture.

Queen Elizabeth had quite a busy royal Friday.

It was revealed this morning that the queen's granddaughter, Princess Beatrice of York, married her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in a secret and small-scale ceremony in Windsor today. Only close family of Beatrice and Mozzi were invited to the intimate nuptials, and, of course, the queen and Prince Philip were there. BAZAAR.com understands, however, that much of the timing of today's secret ceremony was due to the queen having a previously scheduled obligation for the knighthood of Captain Tom Moore.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

According to The Telegraph, Moore, aged 100, was being honored for his heroic fundraising efforts that encouraged members of the public to donate millions of dollars to NHS charities amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United Kingdom. The veteran was joined by his daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter for the ceremony that took place at the quadrangle at Windsor Castle. The veteran received his honor outside of the usual time period for knighthoods since the global health crisis has led to the postponing of upcoming ceremonies.

The queen wore a mint-hued jacket and matching dress (or skirt) with a flower-adorned hat for the special occasion. The monarch was also photographed wearing the ensemble on her way with Philip to Beatrice's wedding.

BAZAAR.com understands that the couple were keen on their event not overshadowing the captain's investiture, hence why photos of the newly married couple are not expected to be released until tomorrow.

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