Princess Beatrice's Wedding Reception Is Getting A Venue Upgrade, Thanks To The Queen
With all the news surrounding Prince Andrew’s scandal as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from their roles, Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has been taking the backseat amongst royal affairs, with the date yet to be announced.
The eldest daughter of Andrew has had to watch as her father was forced to withdraw from his public duties amidst backlash for his association with financier Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke also skipped Beatrice’s engagement party last year, to avoid drawing negative attention to the special event.
Perhaps to help boost Beatrice’s morale, Queen Elizabeth has allegedly extended a special gesture to her granddaughter, offering to host the couple’s wedding reception at the Buckingham Palace in London.
As a source tells the Daily Mail: “Bea was delighted and very grateful to accept… it will be the first wedding celebration at Buckingham Palace since William and Catherine’s in 2011.”
Other royal weddings in recent years—Harry and Meghan’s and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s—had taken place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, followed by a reception on the estate.
The news has yet to be confirmed by the Palace, and if true, would put Beatrice and Edoardo’s wedding in central London. Possible venues include Westminster Abbey—where Prince William and Kate wedded—or St Paul’s Cathedral, which bore witness to nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
The high-profile reception venue would be fitting, considering the possibility of Beatrice and her sister Eugenie stepping up to fill Harry and Meghan’s previous roles.
“It’s quite clear that one of the consequences is that Beatrice and Eugenie will now be brought forward—if they’re willing to be brought forward,” royal biographer and historian to The Crown Robert Lacey told Hello!.
“If two go out, two have got to come in, and those two have got to be Beatrice and Eugenie. I'm sure they will step forward and be greatly welcomed. It's what the family needs as it's another 15 years before Prince George's generation steps up. It's ironic that Harry mentioned his cousins as models of how he wants to be.”
Unlike Harry or Eugenie however, Beatrice’s special day will reportedly be a mostly private affair, with BBC and ITV confirming earlier this year that it will not be televised.
The date for the wedding, which is likely to take place in “early summer”, is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
See also: Prince Harry and Meghan Want Financial Independence: How Other British Royals Earn Their Keep