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Prince Andrew first royal to break cover after Princess Beatrice’s wedding

Prince Andrew is the first royal to break cover today after it was announced that his daughter Princess Beatrice had married at Windsor Castle.

Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi tied the knot in a small intimate ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

But despite the fact that he’d been celebrating with his daughter just hours ago, Princess Andrew looked glum as he was pictured out driving.

Wearing a red and blue striped shirt, the Duke of York seem subdued as he left Windsor Castle, unable to crack a smile as he passed photographers.

He was later seen waving from his car as he returned to Royal Lodge.

It’s believed Beatrice had trimmed down her guest list to less than 20 so that she was still able to get married in line with coronavirus restrictions after cancelling a lavish May wedding.

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Grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh attended the service.

Beatrice’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, was alongside Prince Andrew as well as sister Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brookbank who are also believed to have celebrated the couple.

Edo’s son Christopher, known as Wolfie, was supposed to be his ‘mini’ best man, so it’s assumed he was present.

The groom’s parents Nikki Shale and Alex Mapelli Mozzi, who are divorced, attended and it’s thought Nikki’s new husband David Williams-Ellis may have joined her.

There are suggestions that Beatrice, 31, opted to have the ceremony in private due to her father being caught up in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

Edoardo’s cousin Dario Mapelli Mozzi claims the couple may have slashed the guest list to avoid criticism.

He said: “We heard it was postponed to next year but that was clearly to keep it secret. Maybe they did it now to be sure that the Queen could be there.

“Or perhaps because of the problems with her father they didn’t want to go overboard with publicity in case anyone criticised them.”

The FBI want to speak with Prince Andrew over his friendship with convicted paedophile Epstein, who committed suicide while awaiting trial last year.

However, family friends denied the private ceremony is connected to Prince Andrew.

Meanwhile, small details have begun to trickle out about the couple’s big day.

Beatrice opted to use her grandmother, the Queen’s favourite florist for her flowers.

While the exact details of the bride’s dress remain unknown, the Daily Mail reports she opted for her original dress that she planned to wear at her May wedding.

And fashion expert Melita Latham has shared some insight as to what the gown was probably like.

She told the Express that Beatrice’s ‘rebel nature’ is never far from the surface. She said: “I would expect her bridal outfit to be veiled, ball-gown, quite lacy style.

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“We should expect a lustrous fabric, dress, rich in detail with possibly rather more colour than you would expect at a royal wedding.”

Her sister Princess Eugenie had a thistle for Scotland on her dress, a Shamrock for Ireland, the York Rose, and ivy for Ivy Cottage, to represent the couple’s home.

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