Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor on Friday, the Sun newspaper reported. The Queen and Prince Philip were in attendance at the secret ceremony but it is not clear if Camilla was. The Duchess of Cornwall, who didn’t attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding, is celebrating her 73rd birthday.
Social media users were quick to notice the clash in engagements.
One Twitter user wrote: “So Camilla didn’t go to Eugenie’s wedding and now Beatrice got married on her birthday. I’ll wait to hear all the screaming about Beatrice overshadowing Camilla’s birthday.”
Another added: “Is anyone going to criticise Beatrice for having her wedding the SAME day as Camilla’s birthday.
“If this had been Meghan getting married on another royal’s birthday there would be uproar and in the papers for weeks.”
The palace said in a statement: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th 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.”
Royal author Omid Scobie said: “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.”
But Twitter users questioned why Camilla’s birthday wasn’t also used as a reason.
Camilla, who is celebrating her birthday on Friday, was born on July 17 1947.
She revealed earlier this month she was missing her grandchildren and was looking forward to the day she can hug them.
Down-to-earth Camilla also said she had been enjoying wearing jeans, adding: “I’ve been very, very happy with my jeans. It will be very hard to get out of them again. I think you get into a sort of way of life, don’t you?”
The duchess has been focusing on her royal charitable duties, including working to “lift the shroud of silence” surrounding domestic abuse, delivering a speech at the online Women of the World festival in June.
Heir to the throne Charles and the duchess – formerly Camilla Parker Bowles – marked their 15th wedding anniversary during the coronavirus pandemic.
They married in a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall on April 9 2005, after a relationship spanning more than 30 years.