Though Princess Beatrice's secret wedding today in Windsor was a scaled-back affair, reportedly, she and her now husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, were happy to have a small, intimate ceremony.
Per People, when it came time to plan how the ceremony would go on amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the couple swiftly decided to abbreviate their guest list to around 20 of their closest family members and friends, and ensured that the 94-year-old monarch's safety - due to her age - was of the utmost importance.
"It was all about the Queen's schedule. The Queen was the guest of honour, and it was very important that she was there," a source told the outlet. "It was planned for some time, and everyone had to be extremely cautious leading up to the big day because the Queen was in attendance. They had to make sure everyone who was attending was in perfect health."
According the source, guests weren't required to take COVID-19 tests ahead of the nuptials but were understood to have practiced social distancing in the weeks leading up to the surprise affair.
Another special guest in attendance at the ceremony was Beatrice's now stepson, who Mozzi shares with ex-girlfriend Dara Huang. "He is very much part of their life," a friend close to the princess told People. "Beatrice has embraced the child as part of her life from the outset."
It's believed that the couple will be releasing an official wedding portrait on Saturday (18 July), as they didn't want to overshadow the investiture of Captain Tom Moore, which also took place on Friday.
The Queen was later seen awarding Moore with a knighthood at Windsor Castle, and told him and his family: "My granddaughter got married this morning and both Philip and I managed to get there - very nice".
Beatrice and Edo, as he is known, have been dating since September 2018, but have known each other for years. Princess Beatrice split with her former partner Dave Clark in 2016 after a decade of dating.
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