In unexpected royal wedding news, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were married in a private ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge this morning. The small ceremony was attended by the Queen, Prince Philip and close family members. The Palace noted: "The wedding took place in accordance with Government Guidelines."
The couple were originally scheduled to marry in May, but decided to postpone due to restrictions. Since earlier this month, weddings have been permitted to go ahead with up to 30 guests and with strict social distancing in place. Although it must have been hugely disappointing for Beatrice and Edo, they were not planning a wedding on the same scale as Princess Eugenie's owing to the scandal surrounding the Duke of York.
'The couple had originally planned to wed at St. James's Palace in London with a reception to follow at the Queen's gardens at Buckingham Palace. But when they postponed, in mid-April, a spokesman told PEOPLE, "There are no plans to switch venues or hold a bigger wedding. They aren't even thinking about their wedding at this time. There will come a time to rearrange, but that’s not yet."
The Sun broke the news this morning, reporting there were about 20 guests at the wedding:
'The Queen was driven with Prince Philip from Windsor Castle, where they had been isolating since March, three miles up the Long Walk and through Windsor Great Park to the private church.
Her Majesty was one of the first to leave the party at 11.45am in order to present a knighthood to 100-year-old NHS fundraising hero Capt Tom Moore inside Windsor Castle at 3pm.
A friend of Beatrice and Edoardo said the nuptials were arranged today to make sure the Queen could attend before she leaves Windsor for Balmoral at the end of the month. A friend of Beatrice's said: "A massive wedding was out of the question because of coronavirus.'
The Royal Chapel of All Saints (also known as Queen Victoria's Chapel) is in Windsor Great Park. The chaplaincy of the Royal Chapel of All Saints is held by one of the canons of the College of St George at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
Now, I know you're all thinking: "Where are the photos? What did Beatrice wear?" A photograph will be released at some point tomorrow as the couple did not want to overshadow Captain Sir Thomas Moore's investiture at Windsor Castle. I suspect we'll see an understated look for Beatrice. I'm thinking something like the divine Nicholas Oakwell dress she wore for the Serpentine Party in 2014 perhaps with a brooch from the Queen. Equally we could see an elegant hat and suit. Do you have any predictions?
A huge congratulations to Beatrice and Edo and a lifetime of happiness ahead!