Princess Beatrice’s wedding has become another victim of the coronavirus.
The Queen’s granddaughter was set to marry fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in St James’s Palace chapel on Friday, 29 May 2020, followed by a reception, hosted by Queen Elizabeth, in the gardens at Buckingham Palace.
The Daily Express has reported that Princess Beatrice is ‘very sad’ about the decision but feels there was ‘no alternative during the coronavirus crisis.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson has confirmed: ‘Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi are very much looking forward to 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 among a small group of family and friends.’
At this stage, it is not known whether Prince Philip, now 98, would travel from Sandringham to London to attend the wedding.
This hasn’t been the first concern for the couple, with travel bans preventing wedding guests, including Edoardo’s relatives, flying in from overseas.
His family come from Lombardy in northern Italy, which has been in lockdown with the most cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) outside China.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi announced the date in February 2020, following the scandal of her father Prince Andrew’s relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
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