PRINCESS Beatrice tied the knot with financier Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a low key ceremony in Windsor today.
And the wedding was as surprising as the couple’s engagement, with Edo – as he is affectionately known – popping the question less than a year after they began dating.
Princess Beatrice married Edoardo at a secret ceremony in Windsor today[/caption]
Here we take a look at how the Princess of York finally found her Prince Charming…
They go way back!
While Beatrice and Edo’s romantic relationship may have been a whirlwind, the pair have actually known each other for decades.
The groom first met Bea as a child; his mother, Nikki, and stepfather, Christopher Shale, were part of the Duke of York’s circle for decades.
The pair first met when they were children [/caption]
In fact his now mother-in-law Sarah Ferguson was on hand to provide him with a shoulder to cry on in 2012 when the body of his stepdad died of a heart attack in a portaloo at Glastonbury festival.
While Edo has been linked to the York family for years, the pair fell out of touch until they were reacquainted through friends two years ago.
A friend told The Sun: “Beatrice and Edo have the same circle of friends and were introduced through a mutual chum.
“They hit it off instantly and have a real laugh together.”
A taken man
It wasn’t until her sister Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018 that Beatrice began to consider romance.
Beatrice’s reluctance to consider him as a suitor is likely down to the fact he was engaged to architect Dara Huang, 37.
He only ended this relationship with Chinese-American Dara — mother of his two-year-old son, Christopher Woolf (known as Woolfy) — just a few weeks after he had been romancing Beatrice.
“It was a very awkward crossover of romances,” one of the property developer’s circle previously admitted.
“They were still living together when Edo realised after Eugenie’s wedding, that he was falling for Bea. Dara did not take the news well, although she has come to terms with the situation now.
“But initially she felt very let-down.”
The couple officially began courting in November 2018 when Beatrice first began introducing Edo as her boyfriend.
The couple enjoyed a jet set lifestyle according to friends, going on several holidays together including Edo’s native Italy where he dazzled Beatrice with his local know-how.
“Learning to speak Italian really well is just one of the benefits that Bea has gained from Edo,” says one of the princess’s friends.
Friends agree that unlucky-in-love Beatrice has grown in confidence since being with Edoardo.
Her ring was valued at £250,000[/caption]
They added “But what she has really gained is the confidence and happiness she lost after her last big relationship with Dave Clark broke up.
“She’s now glowing with the sort of aura you only get when you’re really in love.”
He put a ring on it
The pair announced their engagement in September last year, much to the surprise of royal fans.
Edoardo popped the question at Da Adolfo beach club where Beatrice celebrated with a citrus octopus salad.
The diamond sparkler was the handiwork of ring designer Shaun Leane of Mayfair who said they were “honoured” to have created the piece.
And no wonder she said yes with Alexandra Mitchell Gemologist Prestige Pawnbrokers of Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, estimating it cost no less than £250,000.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital Alexandra said: “This is a beautiful 1930s inspired ring.
“This diamond engagement ring was created with a sizeable 3-3.5cts round brilliant stone, thought to be colourless and flawless, and likely set in platinum.
“The centre stone is shouldered by 2 smaller round brilliants and terminated by double bullet cut diamonds either side. Estimated in excess of £250,000.”
Following the engagement the delighted bride said: “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement.
“We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married.
“We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”
The pair got their happily ever after today at a secret royal wedding in Windsor, as exclusively revealed by The Sun.
The Queen, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, joined Prince Andrew, 60, at the scaled-down Covid-secure wedding with around 20 guests this morning.
The couple said ‘I do’ surrounded by close family and friends in All Saints Chapel, Windsor Great Park after Covid-19 scuppered their original plans.
The Queen’s granddaughter and millionaire property developer Edo were due to get hitched at the Chapel Royal, at St James’s Palace, in London, with 150 guests, in May.
Instead, a select group gathered for a more intimate ceremony today, with strict social distancing measures in place, Buckingham Palace confirmed today.
The Palace said in a statement: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
“The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family.
“The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government guidelines.”
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