Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will marry in the same royal chapel where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert wed in 1840

By Simon Perry
February 07, 2020 07:07 AM
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Princess Beatrice will marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in the intimate surroundings of a chapel in St. James’s Palace, Buckingham Palace announced Friday.

The palace confirmed that the couple will wed on May 29, which PEOPLE reported earlier this week. Their reception will follow at Buckingham Palace and will take place in the gardens of Queen Elizabeth‘s home in central London.

“The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29th May 2020. The couple became engaged in Italy in September 2019. Her Majesty The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace,” a statement released from the palace said. “The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.”

The Chapel Royal is also where both Prince George and his younger brother, Prince Louis, were christened and where Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg 180 years ago, in February 1840.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice
| Credit: Princess Eugenie

PEOPLE also confirms that Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, will walk his daughter down the aisle despite the scandal surrounding his ties to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that caused him to “step back” from his royal duties.

“Beatrice would never do anything to be hurtful to her father. He’s going to be by her side and she’s going to be by his,” a source told PEOPLE.

Beatrcie and Mozzi will not have a carriage procession (like Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie had on their wedding days), which “is keeping with their wishes for a more low-key” affair, says a palace source.

The ceremony inside the Chapel Royal will also not be televised, which is something the couple had decided from the start.

The wedding celebration will take place around the same time of the year that the palace holds a series of garden parties on its vast lawns.

Despite the grandest of surroundings, the wedding will be “low-key,” a friend told PEOPLE, and Beatrice will involve a special pageboy in the ceremony — her future stepson.

A source told PEOPLE that the young son of Beatrice’s fiancé will take part in their upcoming royal wedding.

Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Credit: Ricky Vigil M/GC Images

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Mozzi shares his son, who was born in 2016, with his former girlfriend Dara Huang, an architect and designer.

“He is very much part of their life,” Beatrice’s friend previously told PEOPLE. “Beatrice has embraced the child as part of her life from the outset.”

Like her royal cousins, Prince William and Prince Harry before her, Beatrice is asking well-wishers to not give them gifts but to follow and find out more about the work of Big Change, which Beatrice co-founded ten years ago, and Cricket Builds Hope — which uses the sport to help build social improvements in Rwanda, Africa.