Royal delight: Beatrice beams with joy as she weds Edoardo in ceremony with Queen

The royal wedding

The royal wedding (Image: PA/BENJAMIN WHEELER)

Beatrice, 31, and Edoardo, 37, known as Edo, had initially planned a much grander affair in London in May but lockdown meant it had to be cancelled and their big day scaled back.

But delightful pictures released yesterday – a day after the surprise wedding – showed that restrictions limiting guests to no more than 30 failed to dampen the happy occasion.

Adhering to government guidelines, the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, sat apart from the other guests – the couple’s parents and siblings – who also maintained their distance inside the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the Queen’s Windsor Estate.

Guests on the bride’s side were limited to Sarah, Duchess of York, and Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie, 30.

Proud father Prince Andrew gave his daughter away, walking her down the aisle as she carried a bouquet arranged by Windsor ­florist Martin Crossley.

As is royal tradition, the bride’s bouquet was later placed on the tomb of the unknown warrior inside Westminster Abbey. But even that was done with a twist, as Westminster’s Rev Anthony Ball was helped by young Toby Wright, son of the Rev Paul Wright, from the Chapel Royal.

Meanwhile, Edo’s four-year-old son Christopher from a previous relationship, nicknamed Wolfie, was Edo’s “mini-best man” and pageboy, as Beatrice became the first “blood princess” – born into her title – to be a stepmother.

Attending the wedding on the groom’s side were the millionaire property developer’s mother Nikki Williams-Ellis, who was thought to have been accompanied by his stepdad, older sister and half-brother. It was not known if Edo’s father, Nikki’s first husband, Olympic skier Count Alex Mapelli Mozzi, attended.

The service included two of the couple’s favourite poems, Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare and I Carry Your Heart With Me by EE Cummings, read by their mothers.

Royal news: The ceremony was at The Royal Chapel

Royal news: The ceremony was at The Royal Chapel (Image: PA)

The Rev Canon Martin Poll helped Rev Wright to officiate.

The biblical reading was St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians 13, and prayers were said.

Because of the Covid-19 ban on singing in places of worship, no hymns were sung and instead a selection of music was played. The couple also exchanged rings. Beatrice’s was designed by Shaun Leane, whose firm has collaborated with Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst. Edo’s was a vintage gold band designed by Josh Collins, of royal jewellers
G Collins & Sons.

The happy couple, who were photographed as they left the Chapel in glorious sunshine, had been long-time family friends and got engaged last September after an 11-month whirlwind romance.

They had initially planned a grand wedding with 150 guests in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London on May 29, followed by a lavish reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Royal: The pair were joined by Philip and the Queen

Royal: The pair were joined by Philip and the Queen (Image: PA/BENJAMIN WHEELER)

But after lockdown was introduced, they are thought to have chosen the chapel as it was just a three-mile drive from where Beatrice’s grandparents are self-isolating in Windsor Castle and opted for a date before the Queen’s annual trip to Balmoral.

The chapel in the grounds of her parent’s home Royal Lodge also seats 180 people, making it ideal to maintain social distancing. Currently, receptions can only be attended by six guests, so the couple’s get-together was postponed to a future date when they can share their union with extended family and friends, including celebrities such as singer Ellie Goulding, models Karlie Kloss and actress Cressida Bonas.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the Queen had given her permission for the couple to marry at All Saints Chapel.

It said: “The couple decided to hold a small, private ceremony with their parents and siblings ­following the postponement of their wedding in May.

“Working within government guidelines, the service was in keeping with the unique circumstances while enabling them to celebrate their wedding with their closest family.”

Royal wedding:The pair wed on Friday

Royal wedding:The pair wed on Friday (Image: PA/BENJAMIN WHEELER)

Just hours after the nuptials, the Queen attended the investiture of Captain Tom Moore, who received his knighthood at Windsor on Friday. The Queen, who has now watched six of her eight grandchildren wed, is said to have shared her joy of attending the wedding, telling Sir Tom that the occasion had been “very nice”.

But yesterday Sir Tom, 100, who raised more than £33million for the NHS, was coy about what was said between them.

He said: “The Queen and I had a little private conversation and that will stay between the two of us for all time.”



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