On May 29, 2020, Princess Beatrice was supposed to walk down the aisle to marry her sweetheart Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, however, their wedding has since been canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
London is currently under lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19. This has led Princess Beatrice, 31, and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 37, to formally cancel their May royal wedding.
The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson was set to marry the financier at St. James’s Palace in the UK. Her reception was going to take place at her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth’s, gardens at Buckingham Palace.
Princess Beatrice of York at the Annual Charity Day at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016, in New York City | Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
A spokesperson for the couple explained the cancelation saying: “There are no plans to switch venues or hold a bigger wedding.” The spokesperson continued explaining the couple's current mindset stating:
“They aren’t even thinking about their wedding at this time.”
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi at the Christmas Day Church service on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019, in King's Lynn, United Kingdom | Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images
The spokesperson also shared that the time would come for the couple to “rearrange” things but it was not now. On Thursday, the UK government announced that their lockdown would continue for an added three weeks, which means it would end on May 7, 2020.
The government has also asked people to avoid gatherings outside of close family groups. A source also told “People” magazine that “the invitations were never actually sent out.”
Reports previously stated that the reception was not going to happen. At the time, it was said that the couple was discussing having a private ceremony with friends and family instead.
However, the novel coronavirus outbreak has made it inevitable that the wedding be put on hold. On Twitter, “Daily Mail” journalist, Rebecca English, confirmed the cancelation.
She also noted how the couple was “sad but pragmatic.” English also said that, according to the couple’s friends, Beatrice and her fiancé won’t be having a large wedding later in the year as she’s always wanted a small one.
The Church of England said a minimum of only five people could attend church weddings during the outbreak. The attendees would be the priest, the bride and groom, and two witnesses.
Before this cancelation, the couple had to reschedule their wedding date twice due to the scandal Beatrice’s father faced.