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Inside Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding – and why they aren’t releasing photo

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi stood in front of their closest family and friends as they finally got to say “I Do’, weeks after they originally planned to marry.

While the small celebration was very different to the big London wedding they had planned, it sounds like it was a romantic and special day for the couple.

The Queen, Prince Philip and Beatrice’s dad Prince Andrew were among the guests who attended the ceremony at All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park on Friday morning, along with about 20 other guests.

Their 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.

As well as the Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew, it’s believed that Sarah Ferguson, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank also attended.

The rest of the guestlist is not yet known, however the couple have a number of celebrity pals with Ellie Goulding and James Blunt attending their engagement party.

Edo’s three-year-old son Christopher, who is known as Wolfie, was reportedly due to be best man at the original celebrations, so it’s likely that he still attended.

Edo’s parents Nikki Shale and Alex Mapelli Mozzi, and his step-dad David Williams-Ellis were also probably there.

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.

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.

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“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.”

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the wedding took place in a statement, writing: “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.”

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