Royal wedding: Britain's Princess Beatrice to marry fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May ceremony
The Queen will host the private reception at Buckingham Palace following a St James’s Palace ceremony
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York will marry her property developer fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, on Friday, May 29 at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. The ceremony will be followed by a private reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, according to the Royal Family.
The couple's wedding will come eight months after they got engaged in Italy in September 2019. They went public with their relationship in September 2018, one year before they announced their engagement.
Previously, Princess Beatrice, 31, was in a 10-year relationship with British businessman, Dave Clark. They ended their relationship in July 2016.
Mozzi has a son named Christopher with his ex-fiancee, Dara Huang, who will be a pageboy at the wedding.
“He is very much part of their life, Beatrice has embraced the child as part of her life from the outset,” a royal source told People magazine.
“Edo is easily one of the best dads, he is so involved, and Beatrice is already showing that she’s a fantastic step-mummy ... They’ve been on family vacations together [with his son]. They are really happy.”
Full details about bridesmaids and pageboys are yet to be confirmed by the royals, but Princess Beatrice's sister, Princess Eugenie, had the Cambridge children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in her wedding party in October 2018, so it is expected that the 31-year-old will also incorporate them into her wedding party.
What you need to know about St James’s Palace
According to the royal family, "The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace." The statement adds that the "private reception" at Buckingham Palace will be "given by The Queen".
St James's Palace is the London residence of Princess Beatrice, as well as Anne, Princess Royal, and Princess Alexandra, the daughter and cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, respectively. York House, which is part of the St James's Palace complex, is the former home of the Prince of Wales and his sons, Princes William and Harry.
According to the royals, The Chapel Royal is "a busy working chapel."
"The Chapel holds regular services which are open to the general public, as well as hosting some unique Royal services," the official statement reads. "Many Royal weddings have taken place in the Chapel, including that of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg on 10 February 1840. In 1893 the then Duke of York and Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (later King George V and Queen Mary) were married in the Chapel."
Updated: February 9, 2020 12:33 PM