Princess Beatrice’s upcoming wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has been significantly scaled back because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic engulfing the world.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the couple have been forced to cancel their wedding reception at Buckingham Palace due to the new social distancing guidance issued by the British government.
It is also likely that the wedding service may also have to change, with the event being limited to only close family and friends.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi are very much looking forward getting married but are equally aware of the need to avoid undertaking any unnecessary risks in the current circumstances.
“In line with government advice for the UK and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29th May.
“They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people.
“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.”
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo are due to marry on May 29th 2020 in the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace, London.
The wedding venue is a working royal chapel with services open to the public at certain times. However, like all royal ceremonies held there, this will be a private service.
In recent times, when it has been used for the christenings of Prince George and Prince Louis, the Royal Family has arrived discreetly at the palace and walked to the chapel for the ceremonies.
Due to the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, it is uncertain whether older members of The Royal Family such as The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be able to attend, even if it is majorly scaled down.
Public worship has been suspended at UK churches until further notice, with the exception of weddings and funerals.
With garden parties being cancelled at Buckingham Palace, it is no surprise that the grounds cannot accommodate Princess Beatrice’s wedding reception.