Princess Eugenie has shared a gushing tribute online to her elder sister Princess Beatrice after the royal married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret wedding ceremony on Friday.
The Queen’s granddaughter, 30, called it a ‘complete joy and privilege’ to watch her ‘beautiful big sister’ Beatrice, 31, affectionately known as ‘Bea’, marry Italian property developer Edo, 36, in a surprise service in the grounds of the Royal Lodge.
Posting on Instagram today, Princess Eugenie wrote: ‘Couldn’t Bea happier (get it)…What a complete joy and privilege to watch you, my beautiful big sister, walk down the aisle to dear Edo.’
Princess Beatrice and Edo tied the knot in a private, intimate service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, near her parents’ Windsor home.
Princess Eugenie, 30, called it a ‘complete joy and privilege’ to watch Princess Beatrice, 31, marry ‘dear’ Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, in a gushing Instagram tribute today
Sharing her post today, Princess Eugenie posted several wedding photographs of the couple together, writing: ‘I am so proud of you and I’m so excited to support you in the next chapter of your life.
‘We are going to have so much fun together. Happy wedding day to you both xxx’
Social-distancing restrictions and current government guidelines allowing a maximum of 30 people at a wedding meant the couple were unable to invite any of their famous friends, including singer Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss and Cressida Bonas.
It remains to be seen whether they will hold a celebration at a later date, but some of their inner-circle couldn’t wait to share their delight and posted gushing tributes on Instagram over the weekend, including Valentino co-founder Giancarlo Giammetti and Sarah Ferguson’s assistant Antonia Marshall.
Princess Eugenie said she was ‘so proud’ of Princess Beatrice and Edo, before adding that she was ‘so excited to support’ the couple in the next chapter of their life
Princess Eugenie shared the gushing post on Instagram today after Princess Beatrice and Edo married in a private ceremony on Friday surrounded by their closest family and friends
Beatrice and Edo, were due to tie the knot at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, in London, on 29 May.
But their ceremony was postponed due to Covid-19 and no new date was given by the palace at the time.
Sarah Ferguson and Edo’s mum Nicola Williams-Ellis leapt into action as soon as the Government hinted last month that weddings would soon be permitted again.
During lockdown, Beatrice spent time with Edo and her future mother-in-law in the £2 million Cotswold house Nicola shares with sculptor husband David, Edo’s stepfather.
However, reports from The Telegraph suggest that Beatrice then isolated with the Duke and the family at their home in ‘for some time’ ahead of the wedding, so that her embattled father Prince Andrew could walk her down the aisle.
Social-distancing restrictions and current government guidelines allowing a maximum of 30 people at a wedding meant the couple (pictured on their wedding day) were unable to invite any of their famous friends, including singer Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss and Cressida Bonas
The Queen, 94, the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, and the bride’s parents Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York were among the ‘close family’ in attendance. Pictured, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi with the bride’s grandparents the Queen and Prince Philip
The young couple were ‘desperately sad’ that plans for a wedding at St James’s Chapel Royal and a reception at Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled, and resolved to marry ‘whenever possible’.
But they had only three weeks to organise caterers and florists, and for the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly to help remodel and refit the 1960s Norman Hartnell evening gown to serve as a wedding dress.
Meanwhile, Canon Paul Wright, sub-dean of the Chapel Royal, and Canon Martin Poll, the Queen’s domestic chaplain, who officiated on Friday, hurriedly arranged the special wedding licence from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
More details of the secret ceremony have emerged in the last 72 hours, including the bride’s charming decision to wear the Queen’s wedding tiara on her own big day.
It also emerged that Edo’s son Christopher, known as Wolfie, served as best man and usher at the intimate service.
The church was decorated with pink and white delphiniums, roses, waxflower and hydrangeas from Windsor Great Park. Pictured, the newlyweds exit the chapel following their wedding
Guests were sworn to secrecy, with overnight accommodation provided at Royal Lodge, Andrew and Fergie’s grand Windsor home.
Edo’s sister Natalia, 38, and her husband Tod Yeomans, 36, arrived with their two children Coco and Freddie on Thursday afternoon for a quick rehearsal.
Edo’s father, Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, flew in from France, and maid of honour Eugenie, 30, joined the ‘rehearsal dinner’ with husband Jack Brooksbank.
The secluded Chapel of All Saints is opposite Royal Lodge, so Prince Andrew walked the bride to the church and down the aisle. The Queen and Prince Philip had slipped in a through a side entrance, thus maintaining social distancing.
The Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly helped remodel and refit the 1960s Norman Hartnell evening gown (left) to serve as a wedding dress (right). Above, a post shared by Alice Naylor-Leyland
The church was decorated with pink and white delphiniums, roses, waxflower and hydrangeas from Windsor Great Park.
Beatrice carried a bouquet of trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, pink waxflower, baby pink astilbe and sprigs of myrtle. During the 30-minute service,
Sarah Ferguson and Mrs Williams-Ellis read the bride andgroom’s favourite poems: I Carry You In My Heart by E E Cummings and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116.
There was no singing, but a selection of music was played together with the National Anthem.
Later, wedding photographs were taken, including four released to the media. None feature Prince Andrew.