Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, surprised the world by getting married in secret, after her original plans to have a grander wedding were foiled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the Palace said: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday, July 17, 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.”
Will Beatrice’s name change now she is married?
Not only has Princess Beatrice inherited titles from her husband’s side of the family, but she will no longer be styled as Princess Beatrice of York.
Following the wedding, Beatrice will drop the York title and will likely be styled simply as Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice.
The same thing happened when her sister, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
According to British Royal expert Marlene Koenig, the process of changing a name is a long-held tradition.
Ms Koenig told Hello!: “It is a tradition that began with Princess Alexandra of Kent in 1963, when she married the Honourable Angus Ogilvy, younger son of the Earl of Airlie.
“She dropped ‘of Kent’ and became HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Mrs Angus Ogilvy, after the wedding.
“When Angus was created a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in December 1988, Alexandra became styled as HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy.”
She explained: “Princess Eugenie is HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank, and I expect Beatrice to be styled as HRH Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.”
As for their future children, Ms Koenig said: “The children will have their father’s surname as the children will take rank from their dad.”
In addition to a name style change, Beatrice has inherited titles from her husband’s side of the family.
Upon marriage, she became an Italian Contessa – countess- or Nobile Donna – noble woman.
Edoardo’s father, Count Alessandro Mapello Mozzi, 68, is a descendant of Italian aristocracy – hence the titles.
Mr Mozzi told the MailOnline: “Edoardo is the only male descendant taking the family into the next generation.
“He is a count – his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna.”
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And Princess Beatrice’s family is not the only one with enviable credentials.
The Count explained: “The family boasts eight ambassadors, 15 judges, 29 doctors of law, two bishops, 10 abbots, 91 councillors, many knights, six captains, five doctors, 21 writers and poets, 59 notaries, and five goldsmiths.”
According to historical records, the Mozzi clan dates back to 985 AD, a time when King Ethelred II was on the English throne.
The count added: “We as a family celebrated 1,000 years in 1985 with unbroken documents and archives. We are one of the only families in Italy to have all the records from that period to today.”
The groom already has a three-year-old son, Wolfie, with his former girlfriend Dara Huang.
However, Wolfie was born out of wedlock, which means Beatrice and Edoardo’s children will take precedence when it comes to titles.
The Collegio Araldico historical society in Rome explained: “The title Conte is recognised to all male family descendants but only by marriage.
“Edo’s son Wolfie, although recognised by his father, carrying his surname, has not the title of count.
“Wolfie is not a count, as Edoardo is not married to his mother. If Edoardo and Beatrice marry and have a son, he will be a count.