ANOTHER royal wedding is on the horizon after Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi announced their engagement last week. While a venue for the big day is yet to be confirmed, it will not be at Westminster Abbey like Prince William and Kate’s was, a royal commentator has claimed.
Princess Beatrice, 31, is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson and is ninth in line to the British throne. While Bea is unlikely to ever become queen she still warrants a lavish royal wedding which is due to take place next year. A royal wedding venue is yet to be announced but despite rumours, it is unlikely to be held at Westminster Abbey for one very important reason.
Royal fans have been treated to a string of stunning royal weddings in recent years.
Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne, tied the knot with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
The extraordinary royal wedding is etched in the minds of royalists to this day and the venue reflected William’s royal status.
Royal wedding: Princess Beatrice won’t have Westminster Abbey wedding like Kate and Wills (Image GETTY)
In more recent years less senior royals including Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and Lady Gabriella Windsor have all had their wedding ceremonies at St George’s Chapel Windsor.
While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding in May 2018 was one of the most-watched royal events the world has ever seen, the venue was not as grand as Westminster Abbey.
That is because Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne and Westminster Abbey is usually reserved for nuptials of direct heirs.
Despite speculation Princess Beatrice could tie the knot in Westminster Abbey like her big cousin Wills, the likelihood is she will marry in Windsor as her sister did last October.
Royal wedding Kate and Wills tied the knot in Westminster Abbey (Image GETTY)
Royal wedding Meghan and Harry married at St George’s Chapel (Image GETTY)
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “We only know the wedding will be in 2020.
“As planning will obviously take account of good weather it will be unlikely to be before the spring.
“Beatrice’s sister Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank last year at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
“Though it was not televised by the BBC the wedding, broadcast on ITV, attracted a large audience of three million and was considered a great success.
“The sisters undertake some royal engagements but not official royal duties. Their profile, however, has risen in recent years.”
Royal wedding Princess Eugenie married at St George’s Chapel last autumn (Image GETTY)
He added: “The likelihood is that Beatrice’s wedding, which will probably be the last high profile royal nuptials for many years, will also be at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and will attract a lot of attention though obviously nothing comparable to those of senior royals – it will almost certainly not be at Westminster Abbey.
“Beatrice and Edoardo’s relationship has been a whirlwind romance and the couple’s families have been close for many years so they are all delighted.
“Many happy years for a devoted couple undoubtedly lie ahead.”
While St George’s chapel seems like the most likely option some have suggested Bea could favour an Italian wedding to honour the groom Edo’s heritage.
Royal wedding: Princess Beatrice and Edo will marry in 2020 (Image Princess Eugenie)
Royal author and expert Ingrid Seward told OK Magazine: “I think in her heart Beatrice would like to be married in Italy where Edo’s from, but there’s no way the Queen will fly to Europe for the wedding so it will have to be in England.”
Queen Elizabeth II, 93, has not flown for several years and while she still conducts hundreds of royal engagements every year she rarely travels abroad.
She no longer takes long haul flights and the last time she flew was to Germany in June 2015 and to Malta in November 2015 for CHOGM.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo released this happy statement following the announcement of their engagement: “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married.
“We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK