A new law will put the mother of the bride in the spotlight.

By Sarah Schreiber
September 30, 2019
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When Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi walk down the aisle next year (Buckingham Palace confirmed their wedding year in their engagement announcement), Sarah Ferguson will become the very first mother of the bride to participate in the ceremony in an entirely new way—should the couple, of course, decide to tie the knot in a traditional Church of England service (which is likely, considering the princess' royal status!).

If Beatrice and Mozzi do tie the knot within the Church, the bride's mom will be the very first royal mother of the bride to sign the marriage certificate—a practice that has, up until now, been reserved for the fathers of the bride and groom, only, reports Royal Central.

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The Church of England has made several marital law alterations as of late (including allowing couples to enter into civil partnerships, as opposed to traditional marriages), which has since culminated in a new register and certificate process. Couples preparing for marriage must receive and complete a license before the wedding; on the day of, their chosen witnesses and ministers sign the document. Post-ceremony, when the newlyweds submit this filled-out license, they'll receive an official certificate of marriage—which now contains details for both parents of the bride and groom.

It's fitting that Ferguson will be the royal torch bearer of this progressive process, since she has always been a force of change within the monarchy. Though she has yet to comment on what spearheading this change means to her, she's been vocal about her excitement surrounding her eldest daughter's recent engagement. "I know what a mother feels, so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law," the royal wrote on Instagram, alongside several photos of the happy couple.

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