Gatherings and events around the world have been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and now the royals have announced that one of the biggest upcoming affairs for their family won’t be taking place.
Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York’s oldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, was set to marry her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, on May 29 but their planned reception at Buckingham Palace will not be happening now. Read on to find out what the palace revealed in its statement about that and what this means for the couple’s actual wedding ceremony.
Concerns for Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, and those traveling
In February, it was announced that Beatrice and Mozzi’s wedding ceremony would be at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace in London and followed by a private reception, given by Queen Elizabeth, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. However, in the midst of a global pandemic, those plans changed.
After that announcement was made, speculation swirled about if Beatrice’s 98-year-old grandfather, Prince Philip, who lives more than 100 miles away from London and rarely travels anymore, would attend. Sources close to the duke initially said he would as long as his health allowed it, but those circumstances are different now and at his age neither he or his wife can risk attending such gatherings.
According to reports, the queen’s entire diary through the summer may even be wiped out.
There were also concerns around the travel restrictions and some of Mozzi’s family members who are from the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The country has the most cases outside of China and remains in lockdown.
Statement from the palace
Ultimately, the decision was made to cancel the reception altogether and the palace released the following statement:
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 U.K. and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29 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.
What about the actual wedding ceremony?
As right now, plans for the couple’s actual wedding ceremony at The Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace are up in the air and the situation will be monitored to determine if the event will be postponed.
“The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends,” a palace spokesperson said.
According to The Guardian, there have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 100 deaths in U.K.
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