The mother of the bride has answered one of the big questions over the next royal wedding of the year. Sarah, Duchess of York has been speaking about the engagement of her elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, and has confirmed that her marriage to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will be held in the UK.
There had been growing speculation since Beatrice and Edoardo announced their engagement that they would wed overseas, possibly in Italy where the groom’s family comes from. But as she walked the red carpet at the BFI Luminous Gala in London, Fergie put those whispers aside. As the question about whether this latest royal wedding would take place in Italy, she rolled her eyes and said ”it can only be Britain”.
Given the recent run of royal weddings there, it would seem that St. George’s Chapel, Windsor will be the front runner as a location for Beatrice and Edoardo’s celebrations. As well as its historic royal links, Windsor is a favourite as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh spend much of their time at the castle now.
There have been three marriages at St. George’s Chapel in the last two years – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 and Lady Gabriella Windsor and Tom Kingston in May 2018. All three couples held their receptions at Windsor and Frogmore House, set in the huge grounds of the castle estate, is a favourite spot for regal wedding parties.
Beatrice and Edoardo announced their engagement on September 26th, saying ”we are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to actually be married”.
Princess Beatrice, who is now ninth in line to the throne, accepted Edoardo’s proposal during a trip to Italy in mid September. The official engagement photos were taken by Princess Eugenie. Beatrice and Edo, as he is known to friends and family, began dating in 2018. Their wedding will take place in 2020.