PRINCESS BEATRICE’S royal wedding plans have finally be announced by the palace after months of speculation. This is the key detail which will set Bea’s big day apart from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal nuptials
Princess Beatrice’s big day is expected to be more low key than the string of lavish royal weddings Britain has seen in recent years. Buckingham Palace has confirmed Beatrice, 31, will tie the knot with Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29.
The wedding is likely to be a private affair and will not be broadcast on TV however, unlike Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, Beatrice’s will have a very special reception.
A Buckingham Palace statement about the Princess of York’s upcoming nuptials read: “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.
“Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace.
“The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.”
Royal snub: The ONE thing Princess Beatrice wedding to have which Meghan and Harry didn’t (Image: Getty/Princess Eugenie Instagram)
Royal snub: Princess Beatrice’s wedding won’t be broadcast on television like Meghan and Harry’s (Image: GETTY)
The Chapel Royal has hosted several royal weddings over the years but is not as high profile as St George’s Chapel, Windsor where Meghan Markle and Harry were married.
Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie,29, also had her wedding at St George’s when she tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
While Eugenie and Prince Harry’s weddings were huge events, neither of them had Buckingham Palace receptions.
Meghan and Harry had their reception at Frogmore House following the ceremony at St George’s.
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were the last royal couple to be granted such an honour.
Royal snub: Beatrice’s wedding reception will be hosted at Buckingham Palace while Meghan and Harry’s was in Windsor (Image: GETTY)
Royal snub: Beatrice and Edo will tie the knot in May (Image: GETTY)
The Queen’s decision to host Beatrice’s wedding reception at the Palace has been interpreted to be a nod of support to Prince Andrew’s daughter during a difficult time for the York Family.
The scandal surrounding the Duke of York’s friendship with deceased paedophile Jeffrey Epstein has refused to go away despite Andrew’s withdrawal from official duties before Christmas.
The Duke stepped back “for the foreseeable future” following a misjudged interview about his links to the disgraced billionaire.
Princess Beatrice’s wedding plans have reportedly been overshadowed by news about her father which is said to have informed her decision to have a small ceremony.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed Andrew will walk Beatrice down the aisle despite the ongoing scandal.
Following Prince Andrew’s step back Downing Street announced government buildings are no longer required to fly the Union flag on his birthday.
Andrew will turn 60 later this month and while he was originally due for a promotion, he decided to defer it for if and when he returns to royal duty.
Princess Beatrice is expected to have up to 150 guests at her wedding and royal family members are bound to be among them.
Royal snub: The couple had been dating for 11 months when Edo popped the question (Image: GETTY)
As well as her mother Sarah Ferguson, sister Princess Eugenie and father Prince Andrew, the Queen and Prince Philip may both attend.
While Prince Philip has not been a regular at royal events since his retirement in 2017, he has made an exception for recent royal weddings.
Younger members of the firm, including Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and there three children are also expected to be at the big day.
A question mark hangs over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as their withdrawal from the royal bubble with baby Archie makes it unclear if they will make it to the family gathering.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK