Princess Beatrice and her soon-to-be husband property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the historic wedding of French and Austrian royalty today.
Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 33, the great-great-great nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte I, wed Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, the great-great-great niece of the French Emperor's wife, in Paris.
In the midst of planning her own wedding, the Princess cut an elegant figure in a floral frock and powder-blue coat.
Princess Beatrice’s big day will be the fourth royal wedding in recent years and will stand out from the rest for several reasons. Unlike Meghan Markle, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and even her sister Princess Eugenie, Bea’s wedding is unlikely to be televised. Her wedding dress could also prove to be an anomaly when compared with other royal brides.
With another royal wedding on the horizon, there is mounting speculation about the kind of ceremony Princess Beatrice will have.
The revelation that Princess Beatrice will receive no taxpayer funding for her big day has prompted many to expect a pared-back affair.
Bea is the first of the Queen’s grandchildren to have a privately-funded wedding which is likely to be free from the pomp and ceremony usually reserved for royal nuptials.
Prince Andrew's daughter Princess Beatrice and her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi went to see her under-fire father today - their first visit to his home since he was sacked by the Queen.
The Duke of York's eldest child spent several hours at Windsor Castle where her father lives in the grounds as it emerged she and her mother played a central role in convincing him to confront the Epstein scandal in his now career-ending BBC interview.
The Queen also left shortly afterwards, suggesting Her Majesty and her husband Prince Philip, who lives permanently at Windsor, may also have seen their granddaughter and her husband-to-be today.
Beatrice will also have concerns she will be cut out of royal duties like her father as Prince Charles pushes through his plans for a slimmed-down royal family after demanding his mother the Queen ordered Andrew to retire aged 59.
It was a welcome piece of good news for the York clan after father Prince Andrew had at that stage faced two months of intensive, renewed scrutiny about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
First, Epstein was arrested in July on new sex trafficking charges before, only a month later, being found dead in his cell in New York, having apparently committed suicide.
All of which dramatically revived focus on claims made by Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre that she had had sex with the Prince on three occasions when she was only 17 years old. Andrew has always vigorously denied the allegations.
So, come September, a happy story about a York and the chance for a serious injection of public goodwill courtesy of a royal wedding was just the ticket!
Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie posted vaguely awkward photos of the happy couple on her Instagram account and their parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, took to their respective social media accounts to congratulate the couple.
As of the time of writing it has been 62 days since they revealed they are set to wed but they have not announced a single concrete detail about their big day. All that has been mentioned is that it will be a spring wedding. No actual date. No location. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
For a normal couple, this would be par for the course, however, for a member of the royal family this is highly, highly unusual.
See, the Windsors like to get things moving, traditionally announcing an engagement and then only a matter of days or weeks later disclosing the wedding date and where the ceremony will be held.
For example, there was a 19-day gap between Harry and Meghan’s giggly media debut at Kensington Palace and the specifics of their wedding being disclosed.
Ditto, Princess Eugenie and her husband, tequila ambassador Jack Brooksbank. From the day they posed for some equally staged photos in Buckingham Palace’s Picture Gallery it was 12 days until they told the world that they too had chosen the chapel at Windsor Castle and publicly setting the date.