Princess Beatrice scales back wedding plans as UK government advises against social gatherings

The royal is due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May

epa08200754 (FILE) - Britain's Princess Beatrice of York (L) and her betrothed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive for the wedding ceremony of the Prince Napoleon Countess Arco-Zinneberg  at the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides cathedral at the Invalides National Hotel in Paris, France, 19 October 2019 (reissued 07 February 2020). According to media reports, Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding will take place on 29 May 2020, as the Buckingham Palace announced.  EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON *** Local Caption *** 55561153
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Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Princess Beatrice is scaling back her wedding plans and cancelling a reception due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May because of the coronavirus outbreak, the royal family said on Wednesday.

Beatrice is due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at London’s St James’s Palace on Friday, May 29, and the queen, 93, was then to give a private reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

However, the plans have now been changed after the government advised Britons to avoid social gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Britain's Princess Beatrice of York with fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Instagram / Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi 
Britain's Princess Beatrice of York with fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Instagram / Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi 

Buckingham Palace said the couple were aware of the need to avoid taking any unnecessary risks and had reviewed their plans in light of government advice.

"They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people," the palace said in a statement.

"Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place. The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends."

On Tuesday, the queen announced she had cancelled her annual garden parties and a number of other events, and would head to Windsor Castle, west of London, on Thursday for Easter, a week earlier than usual.

Buckingham Palace said the changes were "a sensible precaution".

Beatrice, 31, ninth in line to the throne, is a grand-daughter of the queen and the cousin of Princes William and Harry. She became engaged to property developer Mozzi, 37, in Italy last September.

Beatrice's wedding was always set to be a much more private affair than the wedding of her younger sister Eugenie, who married merchant Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle in 2018.