Due to the Coronavirus, Princess Beatrice's Wedding Will Now Be a Small Family Affair
She and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will reportedly host just an intimate group of loved ones—and cancel their reception entirely.
Even though Princess Beatrice and her soon-to-be husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are still planning to tie the knot in May, the two are now considering a small wedding due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Us Weekly, a statement from Buckingham Palace reassured fans that the royal couple will wed regardless of the potential change. "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," a spokesperson shared. "In line with government advice for the U.K. and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29th May."
To heed government recommendations to avoid big gatherings, the two are taking it upon themselves to nix their planned reception altogether and are reportedly planning a small ceremony, instead. "They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people," the statement noted. "Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place. The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends."
This news comes after the couple already anticipated that fewer guests would be able to attend their wedding because of the novel coronavirus, Page Six reported. "The coronavirus has thrown a bit of a [wrench] in the works," the source shared. "Although there's no suggestion that Italy will remain on lockdown until the end of May, obviously the whole thing does cast doubt over the guest list."
Despite the last-minute adjustments, the duo has remained vocal about their excitement to begin their lives together. "We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can't wait to be married," they previously said in a statement, according to People. "We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."