Princess Beatrice heartbreak: Why Edoardo CAN'T take aristocratic title despite marriage

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Princess Beatrice heartbreak: Why Edoardo CAN'T take aristocratic title despite marriage

Beatrice and Edoardo - dubbed Edo - tied the knot in an intimate royal wedding ceremony on Friday morning at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Roya

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Beatrice and Edoardo – dubbed Edo – tied the knot in an intimate royal wedding ceremony on Friday morning at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge. It was attended by the Queen and Prince Philip, along with other close relatives, after being postponed as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Edo is descended from Italian aristocracy and his father, Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, told MailOnline before the wedding: “Edoardo is the only male descendant taking the family into the next generation. “He is a count – his wife will be a countess automatically and any of their children will be counts or nobile donna.”

However, he cannot claim the title in the UK, due to a law that prevents foreign nobility claiming titles without a special warrant. 

And Beatrice’s husband cannot formally claim the title in Italy either, due to the country’s tumultuous history during and after World War 2 and the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini. 

Under pressure from Adolf Hitler, Mussolini agreed to set up a new republic – called the Italian Social Republic – in 1943, which was effectively a puppet-state under Nazi Germany’s control.

Under the Republic, the monarchy and aristocracy were nominally abolished. 

The Republic only lasted until the end of the war in 1945, however the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III faced a huge public backlash for his former support for Mussolini’s fascist regime. 

Although he abdicated, making way for his son Umberto II, the Italian people voted in a 1946 referendum to return to a state of republicanism. 

The House of Savoy, the Italian royal family, was exiled in disgrace and the nobility abolished. 

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Edo’s claim to the title of Conte goes all the way back to his great-grandfather Conte Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, who was given the title in 1913. 

Before this, his family were “nobili”, or noblemen, which was a more minor title. 

The family’s ancestral seat is the Villa Mapelli Mozzi, near Ponte San Pietro in the Bergamo region of Italy.

The villa, which dates back to 1770, remains the property of the Mapelli Mozzi family – who also have ties to the British aristocracy.

Edo’s cousin Edward Ankarcrona, son of Edo’s aunt Margaretha Mapelli Mozzi, married Lady Lucinda Savile, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Mexborough, in 2006. 

Edo has a son himself, two-year-old Christopher Woolf, called Wolfie, with his former fiancée Dara Huang.



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