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UK Queen's granddaughter weds in secret ceremony

By Aditi Khanna
July 17, 2020 18:14 IST
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Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, married her millionaire property developer fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony in Windsor on Friday, according to a United Kingdom media report.



The Queen, 94, and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, joined their son Prince Andrew, 60, at the scaled-down 'Covid-secure' wedding with around 20 guests, 'The Sun' newspaper reported.

Beatrice, 31, and Mozzi, 37, had been due to marry at the Chapel Royal, at St James's Palace in London with 150 guests in May but postponed the plans amid the coronavirus lockdown. Instead, a select group gathered for a more intimate ceremony with strict social distancing measures in place, the newspaper said.

 

The monarch and Prince Philip were driven from Windsor Castle, where the couple have been isolating since March when the UK went into lockdown, through Windsor Great Park to the private church for the wedding ceremony.

It comes amid Beatrice's father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, being under some pressure since he was forced to step back from royal duties over his links to the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his socialite ex-girlfriend Ghislane Maxwell, who was recently arrested in the US.

Prince Andrew vehemently denies accusations of his involvement in any criminal activity related to the duo and there had been questions over whether he would be walking his daughter down the aisle at any official royal wedding.

"A massive wedding was out of the question because of coronavirus. They were obviously very keen for the Queen to come so the wedding had to happen before she goes up to Balmoral so this was a great opportunity," a friend of Beatrice told the newspaper.

"They needed to make the wedding Covid-secure and safe for the Queen so what better way than the All Saints Chapel with reception on site at the Royal Lodge. They are just like a normal family and had to make sacrifices like many others have up and down the country and looking forward to having a wonderful celebration when the time is right," the friend said.

'The Sun' said that Beatrice reportedly spent the night before the wedding at the grand Royal Lodge with mother Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and father Andrew, before making the walk to the church in the grounds.

She had been engaged to Mozzi, the son of former British Olympian and Italian nobleman Count Alessandro Mapelli-Mozzi, since September 2018.

Her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, had married her wine merchant fiance Jack Brooksbank at a start-studded royal wedding ceremony in Windsor Castle in October 2018.

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