PRINCESS BEATRICE has secretly tied the knot with her partner Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi – but when will we get to see the wedding pictures?
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married this morning at a secret Royal Wedding in Windsor, its been revealed. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were among wedding guests at the small ceremony attended by no more than 20 close family members and friends. The secret wedding went ahead two months after their royal wedding was originally meant to take place.
The couple exchanged vows in All Saints Chapel, Windsor Great Park, where strict social distancing was in place.
A friend of the couple said the wedding today was arranged today so the Queen could attend before she leaves for Balmoral later this month.
They told the Sun: “A massive wedding was out of the question because of coronavirus.
“They were obviously very keen for the Queen to come so the wedding had to happen before she goes up to Balmoral so this was a great opportunity.”
Princess Beatrice wedding photos: When will we see the wedding pictures? (Image: GETTY)
Princess Beatrice wedding pictures: Beatrice and Edoardo got engaged last autumn (Image: Princess Eugenie Instagram)
The friend added: “So many guests were disappointed not to make the big day but understood the reason for it.
“They needed to make the wedding Covid-secure and safe for the Queen so what better way than the All Saints Chapel with reception on site at the Royal Lodge.
“They are just like a normal family and had to make sacrifices like many others have up and down the country and looking forward to having a wonderful celebration when the time is right.”
However, we’re yet to see pictures of the intimidate ceremony.
According to royal watchers, Beatrice and Edoardo plan to wait until tomorrow to release wedding photos for one very sweet reason.
Princess Beatrice wedding pictures: The couple tied the know in secret in Windsor this morning (Image: GETTY)
When will Princess Beatrice release pictures of her wedding?
Princess Beatrice and Edo have not yet released any pictures of their incredibly special moment.
According to royal correspondent Omid Scobie pictures from the wedding won’t be shared until Saturday.
He tweeted: “I understand that a photo of the newlyweds will be shared tomorrow as Beatrice and Edoardo didn’t want to overshadow Captain Tom Moore’s Windsor Castle investiture today.”
So royal fans may have to hold on to get a glimpse of Beatrice’s big day.
While Beatrice rarely uses social media both her sister Princess Eugenie and mum Sarah Ferguson are active on Instagram and are sure to share pictures.
The gathering was something of a Royal Family reunion and will have been the first time Prince Andrew has seen the Queen since his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested.
Prince Philip joined the Queen for what will have been the royal couple’s first outing since lockdown began.
Princess Beatrice wedding pictures: Pictures of the wedding are expected out later today (Image: GETTY)
Why was the wedding kept secret?
The pair were due to tie the knot in May earlier this year, but plans were scrapped as the UK went into lockdown amid the goriwng coronavirus pandemic.
The couple had always wished for a pared-back ceremony and their wedding was not going to be televised as both Princess Eugenie’s and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s were.
The ongoing scandal around Prince Andrew’s friendship with late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the recent arrest of the Duke of York’s close friend Ghislaine Maxwell who has been charged in relation to Epstein’s crimes, threatened to overshadow Bea’s big day.
An under the radar wedding allowed Beatrice to enjoy her special day in private.
Princess Beatrice wedding pictures: Mum Sarah Ferguson and sister Eugenie are expected to share wedding snaps on social media (Image: GETTY)
Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming Beatrice and Edoardo’s happy news.
A Palace spokesman said: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17 July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
“The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family.
“The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant government guidelines.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK