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We might only be a month and a half into 2020 but it's been a bumpy ride for the royal family so far, what with Megxit and then the Queen's eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, announcing he was getting a divorce. Thankfully, in amongst all that, there has also been some good news emerge from Buckingham Palace.
Last week, details were finally released about Princess Beatrice's wedding to Italian property developer fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The royal wedding will take place on 29 May at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, followed by a private reception hosted by the Queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
And it seems Beatrice and Edo have made a decision to enforce a strict rule for their wedding in regards to gifting. The couple are requesting that guests do not give them gifts on their wedding day, instead asking their loved ones to support the work of two important charities. The bride-and-groom-to-be have also announced their wish that members of the public "find out more about the work" of both charities in the lead up to their big day.
The charities selected by Princess Beatrice and her husband-to-be are Big Change and Cricket Builds Hope. Big Change, an organisation that works to improve the lives of young people through projects, was founded by Beatrice, and she remains a trustee. Likewise, Edo co-founded the charity Cricket Builds Hope, which uses the sport to bring about positive social change in Rwanda.
In a statement on the Big Change website, CEO Essie North wrote: "We’re honoured that Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have asked their wedding guests to learn more about and support Big Change.
"As a founder and Trustee of the charity Beatrice holds an ambitious vision to change how we support all young people to thrive, with the humility to learn from and the pioneers who are leading this change on the ground.
"We hope that the increased awareness she has brought to Big Change will help us support more brilliant projects making a real difference to young people from all walks of life, but especially those who are the most vulnerable."
It's been confirmed by the Palace that Prince Andrew, who has recently been embroiled in a public scandal surrounding his connections to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, will walk his 31-year-old daughter down the aisle on her wedding day.
Beatrice and Edo have selected an "intimate" venue in The Chapel Royal, which was where the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took place in February 1840. The chapel can hold around 150 guests, although it's likely many more will be invited to the subsequent reception at Buckingham Palace.
Only three-and-a-half months to go!
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