Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s ‘secret wedding’ saw the couple say their ‘I dos’ in front of a small congregation of family and close friends today.
While the celebration was very different to the big London wedding they had planned, it seemed like an romantic day nonetheless.
They tied the knot at All Saint’s Chapel in Windsor Great Park this afternoon, with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh both present.
Beatrice’s parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew are also understood to have attended alongside the bride’s sister Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Divorced groom Edoardo also had planned for his three-year-old son Christopher (known as Wolfie) to be his best man – meaning it is likely he too attended the ceremony.
The wedding is the sixth royal wedding to have happened in the past decade, along with William and Kate’s in 2011, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, also 2011, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie’s and Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
Beatrice and Edoardo secret wedding breaks all royal traditions, however was in keeping with the coronavirus social distancing government guidelines.
It has also been reported that the couple will not release an official photo from their wedding today as they don’t want to overshadow Captain Tom Moore, who will be knighted by the Queen this afternoon.
Captain Tom, who turned 100 in April, raised nearly £33million for health service charities by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden.
The couple originally planned to marry at Chapel Royal at St James Palace, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace, but they instead said their vows at The Royal Chapel of All Saints.
The chapel is a private site which sits in the grounds of Royal Lodge.
It’s where the Queen normally worships in private, instead of St George’s Chapel – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding venue – which she attends for special occasions including Easter Sunday.
According to a friend of Princess Beatrice, guests were disappointed that the couple didn’t couldn’t have the big wedding they planned but said it was still lovely.
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One of Beatrice’s friends told The Sun : “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.
“So many guests were disappointed not to make the big day but understood the reason for it.
“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.”