Where Did Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi Get Married?

Annie Goldsmith
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Photo credit: Chris Ison - PA Images - Getty Images

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Earlier today, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi surprised the world by getting married in a secret, private ceremony. The pair also chose a novel venue for their unexpected wedding: the All Saints Chapel at the Royal Lodge.

The informal parish church sits on the grounds of the Windsor Great Park, where Beatrice's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and her sister and brother-in-law, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, have been isolating during the coronavirus lockdown. Princess Eugenie, too, was married at Windsor, though at the much larger and more lavish St. George's Chapel.

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Photo credit: UK Press Pool - Getty Images

In contrast to St. George's, the All Saints Chapel is far more intimate and simple, with a maximum capacity of 180 people (though only around 20 are reported to have attended the wedding). The chapel was built in the 1820s in a neo-gothic style, and looks quaint and unassuming. While she attends most public ceremonies at St. George's, Queen Elizabeth, Beatrice's grandmother, regularly uses All Saints for her own worship, for privacy reasons.

Though it may look relatively plain compared to the palatial churches of prior royal weddings, the All Saints Chapel has a rich history for the royal family. The chapel is also known as Queen Victoria's Chapel, as Queen Victoria would worship there, and also commissioned a remodel in the 1860s. The Queen Mother, too, enjoyed spending time at the chapel, as the entrance was just a short distance from her home on the Windsor grounds. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, had such affection for the chapel that it was selected to host her 2002 funeral.

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Photo credit: Pool/Tim Graham Picture Library - Getty Images

The modest feel of the All Saints Chapel matched the tone of Beatrice's wedding, which was postponed and scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than the traditional pomp and fanfare of a normal royal wedding, this small, private ceremony only included the happy couple, the Queen and Prince Philip, and close family, and complied with governmental social distancing guidelines.

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