Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi Cancel Plans for May Wedding Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

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  • Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
    Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
    British businessman; husband of Princess Beatrice of York
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
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Update 7/17/2020: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Windsor this morning.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news with a statement:

The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. 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.

Original: Earlier this year, Buckingham Palace officially confirmed that Princess Beatrice's royal wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi would take place Friday, May 29 in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. The wedding ceremony was to be followed by a reception in the Buckingham Palace gardens, hosted by the Queen.

"The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020. The couple became engaged in Italy in September 2019. The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace," read a statement released by the royal family on social media at the time. "The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace."

Sadly, the highly-anticipated royal wedding has now officially been canceled amid the ongoing pandemic. After Buckingham Palace first released a statement in March, announcing that the couple was "reviewing" their wedding plans—and that even if they went ahead with a "small group" of guests, the previously scheduled reception in the palace gardens was canceled—royal reporter Rebecca English revealed that the whole celebration had been put on ice.

"The couple are sad but pragmatic," English shared in a Twitter thread. "Even if lockdown is lifted there will likely be restrictions in place. And with the country battling coronavirus, they both feel strongly it’s not the right time for a royal wedding, even a relatively small one."

She added, "Friends are also keen to stress that contrary to rumour, there are no plans to hold a grander event later in the year. Beatrice had always wanted something private and small (ish)."

"Edo," as Edoardo is known to close friends, proposed to Beatrice in Italy in September of last year, shortly before they shared the news of their engagement publicly.

"We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married," the happy couple said in a statement at the time.


"We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."

Unfortunately for those in the U.S. hoping to watch the wedding in real time, it's unclear at this point if the ceremony will be televised. Both ITV and the BBC have confirmed that they will not be broadcasting the wedding live.

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