Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Venue Announced — and It Has a Special Tie to Prince George!
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will marry in the same royal chapel where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert wed in 1840
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.”
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.
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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.