Princess Beatrice‘s has been pushed to cancel her wedding reception and make significant further changes to her nuptials, while the Covid-19 crisis rages on. Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was originally scheduled to take place on Friday May 29, 2020 at The Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace. With the reception to follow in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
In a statement acquired by The Telegraph, a spokesperson confirmed that the couple have cancelled their plans to proceed with the reception part of the wedding and are currently making decisions about whether or not to include more than just a sprinkling of close family at the ceremony itself. The source stated to the newspaper:
“There won’t be a reception. The wedding may be just them and a chaplain. It all depends on what happens over the next few weeks but there will be no big gathering.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson has now said: ‘Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi are very much looking forward 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 UK and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29th May.”
On Tuesday, March 17, the Palace gave a statement that the Queen would be scaling back her engagements this week and then sequestering herself in Windsor to wait out the coronavirus lockdown period. So it comes as no surprise that this large royal gathering is also being reconsidered.
Mozzi proposed to the Princess with a bespoke diamond ring, designed by Mayfair atelier Shaun Leane, during holiday in Italy in September 2017.
Beatrice’s wedding was due to be a lower-key sort of affair, compared to Princess Eugenie‘s big royal wedding in Windsor, but it wasn’t going to be without a sizeable celebration.
It was due to be the first royal wedding since Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s in 2011 to have a reception at Buckingham Palace.
This article originally appeared on ELLE UK.