ROYAL WEDDING: Princess Beatrice has married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony

Publish Date
Saturday, 18 July 2020, 10:15AM

Congratulations are in order for Princess Beatrice, as she has just got married!

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the 31-year-old, who's ninth in line to the throne, exchanged vows with property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret Windsor ceremony after her big day was cancelled due to Covid-19.

A statement released by the palace announced: "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."

Under the current UK government guidelines, weddings with up to 30 guests can still take place amid the lockdown restrictions and it is understood the couple had around 20 guests present.

The Royal Chapel of All Saints - which is situated in the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's home of Royal Lodge - can accommodate 180 people so there was ample room for social distancing among the guests.

It is understood that the couple are waiting to release a photograph from their nuptials as they do not want to overshadow the investiture of Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old war veteran who raised millions for the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic by walking laps of his garden.

The pair have been quarantining at Windsor Castle during the global health crisis.

Beatrice and Edoardo are long-time family friends, who started dating in October 2018.

The newlyweds had been together for 11 months at the time they announced their engagement in September last year. Father-of-one Edoardo proposed with a ring estimated to have cost £100,000, while the pair were holidaying in Italy.

They were due to wed in May but their wedding was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Edoardo is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale and has son Christopher, with his former partner Dara Huang.

It was previously reported that Christopher - who is also known as Wolfie - was set to take on the prestigious role of best man at the nuptials as they wanted to show that he is "loved and embraced by his stepmother".