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Britain’s Princess Beatrice marries in private ceremony attended by Queen

Daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson weds in Windsor after planned May wedding was called off amid Covid-19 outbreak

Britain’s Princess Beatrice got married in a private ceremony on Friday, with her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in attendance, Buckingham Palace said.

Princess Beatrice married UK property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.

The monarch, the Duke of Edinburgh and other close family members attended.

Guidelines in place to stop the spread of Covid-19 were followed, the palace said, with around 20 guests attending.

Britain now allows only up to 30 guests at a wedding in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Prince Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, had originally planned to marry Mr Mozzi on May 29 in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.

But the ceremony was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Friday’s low-key ceremony wasn’t announced and photos of the event were not immediately released.

The Queen was driven to the wedding with Prince Philip from Windsor Castle, where they have been isolating since March.

A small wedding reception and sit-down meal was believed to have been held at the Royal Lodge, Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York's home shortly afterwards.

The Queen left the party at 11.45am to present a knighthood to 100-year-old NHS fund-raising hero Captain Sir Tom Moore.

She was pictured knighting him merely hours after the ceremony in Windsor Castle.

The families of the newlyweds have known one another for many years.

The pair are said to have started a relationship after meeting again at the wedding of Princess Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie.

Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, who remain on very good terms despite their 1996 divorce, said at the time of Beatrice’s engagement that they were “thrilled” with the news.

Their younger daughter, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

Updated: July 18, 2020 10:05 AM

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