THE QUEEN was pictured beaming with joy on Friday as she celebrated her granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s nuptials. But why was the happy occasion also heartbreaking for the Queen?
The Queen and Prince Philip spent the coronavirus lockdown isolating together at Windsor Castle. The couple attended the wedding of their second eldest granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, on Friday, July 17, which is believed to be the first time the couple had seen their family in person since lockdown was implemented. But why was the wedding upsetting for the Queen?
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married in an intimate ceremony at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on Friday.
The Queen, Prince Philip and other close family members bore witness to this bore witness as the young couple walked down the aisle.
Princess Bea borrowed a stunning gown from the Queen and wore the tiara the reigning monarch had donned for her own marriage 73 years earlier.
Photographs featuring the couple were taken by Benjamin Wheeler, described as a “fine art wedding photographer”, whose work has appeared in Vogue.
One sweet photograph featured the proud grandparents at a social distance from Bea and Edo.
Queen heartbreak: Why was Princess Bea’s wedding heartbreaking for the Queen? (Image: PA)
Queen heartbreak: Beatrice and Edoardo were meant to marry on May 29 (Image: PA)
Originally, the couple’s wedding was due to take place at the Chapel Royal in London with hundreds of guests invited to the nuptials.
However, on Friday the only guests were the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, the couple’s parents and siblings, including Princess Eugenie, and the groom’s three-year-old son.
The little boy, known as Wolfie, proudly took the role of best man and page boy.
Prince Andrew walked his eldest daughter down the aisle, while Sarah Ferguson read two of the couple’s favourite poems: I carry you in my heart by EE Cummings and Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare.
Queen heartbreak: The Queen was counted among the exclusive guest list (Image: PA)
Queen heartbreak: The couple were married at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor (Image: PA)
The Queen was originally going to host a garden reception after the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Keeping with lockdown rules, the reception was cancelled.
Instead, guests were treated to a wedding breakfast and party in a marquee in the grounds of Royal Lodge.
Reportedly, they were served cured sea trout and fillet steak, while children played on a bouncy castle.
But the occasion was likely bittersweet for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as it is likely the last royal wedding they will enjoy for many years.
In the past two years, the couple have attended several royal weddings including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston.
In fact, Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding is the sixth royal wedding in the past decade, beginning with the nuptials of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
However, Princess Beatrice is the Queen’s last adult grandchild who is not already married.
Her youngest two grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn are just 16 and 12 years of age, and so are unlikely to marry for several years.
Queen heartbreak: Bea’s wedding is likely the last the Queen will attend for many years (Image: PA)
Queen heartbreak: These royals are the next most likely high-profile royal weddings (Image: PA/GETTY)
After Lady Louise and James marry, the next major royal wedding will likely be that of Prince William and Kate’s children.
But this is unlikely to be for some time seeing as Prince George is just six years old, turning seven tomorrow.
His younger siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are aged five and two respectively.
Potentially however Peter Phillips could remarry before his youngest cousins walk down the aisle.
Earlier this year, Peter and his wife Autumn announced they had separated and would be seeking a divorce in the upcoming months.
The couple were married in 2008 and have two daughters, Savannah and Isla, whom they will share custody of.
Peter and Autumn told the Queen and the Royal Family of their decision to divorce last year.
Mr Phillip’s, 42, is the eldest grandson of the Queen and Prince Philip and is the first of their grandchildren to divorce.
By comparison, three out of four of the Queen’s children have been divorced.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK