PRINCESS BEATRICE was attended the wedding Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte and his bride Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinneberg in Paris on Saturday.
Jean-Christophe is related to famous French dictator Napoleon, who was his great-great-great uncle. And Beatrice, the daughter of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was among the high society figures who jetted to Paris for the lavish wedding. The wedding itself saw the Imperial House of France and the House of Hapsburg reunited after Napoleon himself married the archduchess of Austria.
Princes Beatrice was seen arriving before the wedding with her soon-to-be husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
She got engaged to the 34-year-old property tycoon in September and showed off her diamond engagement ring after a romantic trip to Rome.
Beatrice wore a £1,375 floral silk-satin tea dress with a peter pan collar, designed by The Vampire’s Wife.
Princess Beatrice with fiancee Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi today (Image EMPICS)
The couple were at the wedding of Napoleon’s ancestor in Austria (Image EMPICS)
She also wore a blue coat a £30 pair of black Carvela Lulu heels and a peach satin boater hat by Julian Garner.
Jean-Christophe and Olympia met while she was taking a semester in Paris, while studying for her political science degree from Yale.
He proposed to her with an enormous 40-carat diamond taken from the crown of Napoleon III’s wife Eugenie de Montijo – the last empress of France.
The precious ring worth £1million was stolen from inside a locked Mercedes in Paris earlier this year, but the thief was later caught and the ring returned.
The royal wedding couple (Image EMPICS)
Napoleon with his mother at the wedding (Image EMPICS)
The bride is congratulated by her new mother in law (Image EMPICS)
The couple tied the knot at Les Invalides in Paris, where Napoleon’s body was returned from St Helena following his political exile from France.
Speaking in May after the couple’s engagement, Jean-Christophe said: “The Bonapartes have always been modern men in the avant-garde and helping their era to move forward, and figures who have built their own lives with an extraordinary freedom.
“I firmly intend to pursue my heritage in this direction.”
Royal weddings are usually lavish affairs which often come at a huge cost to the British taxpayer.
Beatrice will be marrying her fiancee next year (Image EMPICS)
While Beatrice and sister Eugenie are not working royals they are entitled to spectacular weddings.
Princess Eugenie’s big day which was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor last October was broadcast on national television.
But in a break away from tradition, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding will be paid for privately and is expected to be more low-key.
A friend of the couple told the Mail on Sunday: “There have been three big Royal weddings there in the past year or so and I’m not sure that’s what Bea wants.”
They added: “Edo has a child, there’s the situation with his ex, and Beatrice might just feel something more low-key might be more fitting.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliam’s told Express.co.uk: “It has been reported that Beatrice is opting for a low key royal wedding when she marries Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi next year.
“This makes total sense, I had thought that she would have chosen St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle like Eugenie as the Yorks so often seem extravagant, but this would have been controversial involving high security costs, estimated last year at £2 million for Eugenie’s wedding, from the public purse.
“Though it was elegant and some 3 million people watched the ceremony live when it was broadcast on ITV, it was also the subject of criticism as neither Eugenie nor Beatrice are working royals though they do carry out occasional royal engagements.
“However they have built up their own careers with some success.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK