There's another new royal wedding on the horizon. This morning, the royal family revealed that Princess Beatrice will tie the knot with businessman Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this spring. Details about their big day have begun to trickle out: the couple will say "I do" in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace; Queen Elizabeth will host a private reception afterwards in the gardens of Buckingham Palace; and unlike other recent royal nuptials, the event will not be televised.
But what of Beatrice's husband-to-be, Edoardo—or "Edo," as he's known to his friends? Here's everything we know about him so far.
He proposed to Princess Beatrice in Italy.
"We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement," said the couple in a statement on September 26, 2019. "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 wedding will take place in May.
Following months of speculation about what Beatrice and Edo's wedding might look like, the royal family finally confirmed a few key details. "The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020," read a statement posted on social media. "The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace."
Recently, they've been taking their relationship into the spotlight.
Mozzi and Beatrice made their first public appearance at the National Portrait Gallery's 2019 Gala. Not long afterwards, they were spotted holding hands in New York City.
During the Bahrain Grand Prix, they took things to the next level, with Mozzi accompanying Beatrice on a family trip. Sarah Ferguson was even seen hanging out with the couple. And they just made a joint appearance at Ella Windsor's wedding to Thomas Kingston at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.
After announcing their engagement in the fall of 2019, Edo even began joining Princess Beatrice at royal events—like the Windsors' annual walk to Christmas Day services on Sandringham Estate.
Mozzi is a friend of Beatrice's family.
Mozzi's stepfather was Christopher Shale, a British political operative and close friend of previous Prime Minister David Cameron, who died at the Glastonbury music festival in 2011. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson considered Shale a friend as well, and went to his funeral—as did Beatrice.
Fergie and Mozzi also follow each other on Twitter, although it's unclear how long that's been the case.
Through his father, he has some blue blood.
Mozzi's father, the first husband of his mother Nikki Shale, is Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi. Not that she traded down—the house Nikki and Christopher built together had six bedrooms, a gym, and a wine cellar, not to mention the croquet garden and orchard.
Nikki was also nominated for an MBE award—a royal honor—by David Cameron in 2016.
He co-founded a charity, which was inspired by his late stepfather's vision.
Mozzi is behind Cricket Builds Hope (CBH), an organization that teaches Rwandans how to play cricket. According to its website, "CBH harnesses the power of sport to promote reconciliation and tackle deep-seated social issues like gender inequality through specially tailored sessions run by CBH’s cricket coaching team."
The charity has its roots in Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation, which was founded by Christopher Shale to build the country's first grass cricket ground. Shale dreamed of expanding it into something larger, and after his death in 2011, his friends and family created CBH to do so in his memory.
In lieu of presents, Beatrice and Edo have requested that well-wishers donate to two charities—one of which is Cricket Builds Hope.
He's definitely not in it for Beatrice's wealth—he's got plenty of his own.
Mozzi founded real estate firm Banda in 2007, and serves as its CEO to this day. The company specializes in finding and developing homes for wealthy clients. It must be doing well, as Mozzi is reportedly a multi-millionaire.
Mozzi has a son named Wolfie.
The 34-year-old has a toddler son, Wolfie, from a previous relationship—meaning that if things get serious, there could be a royal stepchild in the mix.
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