Princess Beatrice is the first British royal of her generation to take on the role of stepmother

By Monique JessenStephanie Petit and Maria Mercedes Lara
July 23, 2020 04:49 PM
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Princess Beatrice is now a wife — and a stepmom!

When Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter wed Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday, they had a very special person serve as both best man and page boy: Edoardo's 4-year-old son Wolfie, who wore pale blue silk shorts with an ivory silk shirt by Amaia.

This marks the first time since Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall married Prince Charles in 2005 that a member of the British royal family stepped into the position of stepmother. Beatrice is the first of her generation — and first grandchild of the monarch — to do so.

"Beatrice is a wonderful and very hands-on stepmom," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
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The insider previously told PEOPLE that Princess Beatrice has "embraced [Wolfie] as part of her life from the outset."

"He is very much part of their life," the source said.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
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Added the source: "Edo is easily one of the best dads, he is so involved, and Beatrice is already showing that she’s a fantastic step-mummy.

"They’ve been on family vacations together [with his son]. They are really happy."

Edoardo shares joint custody of Wolfie with his ex Dara Huang, an architect and designer who splits her time between London and Hong Kong. "I wish the best for Edo and Beatrice and look forward to uniting our families," Huang said in a statement soon after the couple’s engagement was announced.

The princess, who is ninth in line to the throne, hopes to have her own children too, the insider previously said.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
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About 20 close friends and family — including Beatrice's parents, Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, and grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip — attended the socially distanced ceremony.

"The wedding was incredibly romantic, with a pastel summer garden theme," the source added.

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Beatrice, 31, and Edoardo, 36, had originally been set to wed on May 29, but like many engaged couples' plans around the world this year, they had to cancel their scheduled nuptials due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.