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Princess Beatrice marries Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

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Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The couple were due to tie the knot at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace on 29 May. But their ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 and no new date was given by the palace at the time.  

It is thought the couple exchanged vows today at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s home of Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.

The bride’s grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who have both been in isolation at Windsor Castle, were in attendance. Photos show Her Majesty looking resplendent in green as she left Royal Lodge today. 

It is thought the bride’s parents, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, were both invited to the intimate wedding. It is not known whether her younger sister Princess Eugenie, 30, and brother-in-law Jack Brooksbank were present.  

Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret at Windsor Castle

Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret at Windsor Castle

Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret at Windsor Castle

The Queen and Prince Philip leave the Royal Lodge, Windsor, following Beatrice and Edo's wedding

The Queen and Prince Philip leave the Royal Lodge, Windsor, following Beatrice and Edo's wedding

The Queen and Prince Philip leave the Royal Lodge, Windsor, following Beatrice and Edo’s wedding 

The Queen was dressed in a vibrant blue coat with matching hat for the wedding today

The Queen was dressed in a vibrant blue coat with matching hat for the wedding today

The Queen was dressed in a vibrant blue coat with matching hat for the wedding today

Prince Andrew, pictured on Wednesday, is thought to have been in attendance

Prince Andrew, pictured on Wednesday, is thought to have been in attendance

Prince Andrew, pictured on Wednesday, is thought to have been in attendance 

The dashing Italian property developer who won Bea’s heart: Father-of-one Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, is a long-time family friend who swept her off her feet 

Princess Beatrice married fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret wedding in Windsor earlier today – but who is the man that stole the royal’s heart?

The happy couple were due to wed at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London with 150 guests on May 29, but Covid-19 meant they had to postpone their big day. 

Having kept their plans quiet, they tied the knot this morning in front of just 20 guests including the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, at All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park. 

Beatrice, 31, and Edo, 37, are long-time family friends, but started dating in October 2018 and got engaged in September last year. 

The pair said of their 11-month whirlwind romance in a statement: ‘We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. 

Property developer Edoardo is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale, and has been a friend of the Yorks for some time. The father-of-one has a son, Christopher, with his former partner Dara Huang. He’s said to enjoy an amicable relationship with Huang and prides himself on still being an active part of his son’s life. Edoardo was educated at the prestigious Radley school in Oxfordshire before studying for a Master’s in politics at Edinburgh.

He is believed to have known Beatrice for years, the royal attended the funeral of Edoardo’s stepfather, Christopher Shale, who died at of a heart attack at Glastonbury in 2011; Shale was a close friend of David Cameron.

 

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Weddings of up to 30 people can take place under current government guidelines. It is not known who else was among the congregation but the couple star-studded engagement party was attended by guests including close friends Ellie Goulding and James Blunt. 

Edo, who has a son from a previous relationship, is the son of Nikki Shale and Italian  former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi. 

Nikki split with Mapelli Mozzi when Edo was young, while her second husband Christopher Shale, a senior Tory and a close friend of former prime minister David Cameron, died of a heart attack at Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

Beatrice, 31, and Edo, 37, are long-time family friends, but started dating in October 2018 and got engaged in September last year. Proud mother was among those who shared their delight at news of the match. 

The couple had been due to tie the knot in front of 150 guests in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London on 29 May, with a lavish reception planned for the garden of Buckingham Palace. 

Despite the cloud of controversy surrounding Prince Andrew’s relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, it is thought the father of the bride still planned to walk his daughter down the aisle. 

However, like so many couples around the world, Beatrice and Edo’s plans were thrown into disarray when the UK went into lockdown on March 23. It emerged shortly afterwards that the couple had postponed their plans, although no new date was confirmed.  

Princess Beatrice with sister Princess Eugenie and parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Princess Beatrice with sister Princess Eugenie and parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Princess Beatrice with sister Princess Eugenie and parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew 

Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret at Windsor Castle

Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret at Windsor Castle

Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in secret at Windsor Castle

The plans at risk of being overshadowed by the ongoing controversy surrounding Prince Andrew’s relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. However it was thought Prince Andrew still planned to walk Beatrice down the aisle. 

Princess Beatrice spent lockdown with Edo and future mother-in-law Nikki Shale at her £1.5 million country house near Chipping Norton. 

Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew were all in isolation at the Royal Lodge. 

A royal big day ruined by coronavirus: How Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding was supposed to play out… 

Beatrice, the Duke of York’s eldest daughter and the Queen’s granddaughter, was set to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29th this year. The ceremony for 150 guests was set to take place in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London, with a lavish reception planned for the garden of Buckingham Palace.

Millionaire property tycoon Mr Mapelli Mozzi has dual British and Italian citizenship – and Italy has faced one of the worst battles with the pandemic.

The couple announced that they were ‘postponing’ their big day shortly after the government announced the UK’s lockdown on March 23rd.

 

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