Today Was Supposed to Be Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi Wedding Day

Caroline Hallemann
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From Town & Country

Back in 2018, Queen Elizabeth's family had a banner year, with all eyes on two sets of newlyweds: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.

But now, Eugenie's sister Princess Beatrice is planning a royal wedding of her own (though, one that has been postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic).

On September 16, Prince Andrew's daughter announced that she is engaged to her boyfriend, businessman Edoardo "Edo" Mapelli Mozzi. As Beatrice's husband-to-be, Edo's been slowly entering the royals' orbit in an official capacity, making his debut at the family's Christmas Day walk to church and more.

But that didn't happen overnight—Beatrice has been reportedly dating Edo for some time. Here's everything we know about their relationship so far.

They met years ago.

While British tabloid the Sun claims the pair only met in September of 2018, People reports the couple has known each other for a while now.

Mozzi's step-father Christopher Shale, who passed away suddenly at the Glastonbury music festival in 2011, was close friends with Beatrice's parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. In fact, Beatrice attended Shale's funeral alongside her parents more than seven years ago.

Perhaps Beatrice and Edo were reacquainted two years ago. According to the Sun's source, “Beatrice and Edo have the same circle of friends and were introduced through a mutual chum ... They hit it off instantly and have a real laugh together. They’ve been on holiday together and Beatrice introduced him to Fergie and her dad. Things are moving very quickly and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they got engaged within a short period of time."

They've been photographed in public together many times.

Beatrice and Edo had been dating for months before they started to be photographed in public together. Pictures first surfaced in the Daily Mail of the couple walking on the beach together in Kenya in early January.

In March, the couple stepped out together at the 2019 Portrait Gala, which is held at the National Portrait Gallery. The photo up top is from that event.

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Later that month, on St. Patrick's Day, they were spotted holding hands in New York City. In July, photographers captured them walking in to the exclusive Annabel's Member's Club in London. Per Hello, Beatrice was wearing a bracelet with Edo's initial on it. And in late August, the Princess and the businessman were photographed musician Ellie Goulding's wedding alongside Princess Eugenie and Sarah Ferguson.

Things started to get serious last summer.

In June of 2019, Edo accompanied Beatrice at an event at St. James's Palace. Together, they spoke with guests during a Pitch@Palace event, which was hosted by Beatrice's father Prince Andrew.

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Earlier in the season, Edo joined Beatrice and her mother, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, at the wedding of Ella Windsor to Thomas Kingston.

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Edo proposed to Beatrice during a trip to Italy in September of 2019.

"We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married," the happy couple said in an official announcement. "We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."

He accompanied Beatrice on the royals' Christmas Day walk to church at Sandringham for the first time in December 2019.

Only members of the royal family are allowed to join in their Christmas tradition: a (very public) morning stroll to services at the chapel on Sandringham Estate. But now that Edo is officially engaged to Princess Beatrice, he was permitted to make his first-ever appearance at the annual event.

The wedding was planned to take place in 2020.

In February, the royal family confirmed that Beatrice would be married in London in May.

"The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29 May 2020," reads a statement released by the royal family in February.

"The Queen has kindly given permission for the ceremony to take place at The Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. The ceremony will be followed by a private reception, given by The Queen, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace."

Unfortunately, her wedding had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, planned for 29 May, has been postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic,” Sarah Ferguson said, confirming the sad news. It has yet to be rescheduled.

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