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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo, also known by friends and family as Edo, were due to marry at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace today. However, the couple were forced to postpone the wedding after the Government issued a nationwide lockdown on March 23.
Following the Government advice, the Church of England stopped officiating wedding ceremonies – alongside with christenings – which made it impossible for Beatrice and Edo to tie the knot.
The UK is now starting to see lockdown measures eased, with schools to reopen for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes from next week alongside the opening of outdoor markets and car showrooms.
However, it will take months for the country to return to normality, with churches still closed and weddings still on hold.
And the path to return to life before the coronavirus pandemic is expected to be especially slow for the elderly and people in the high-risk category.
This, according to a royal expert, means that Princess Beatrice and Edo may need to wait for quite a long time if they want to have the Queen and Prince Philip in attendance at their nuptials.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “No one would envy Beatrice and Edoardo on their dilemma in fixing the date of their wedding.
“They had to postpone it owing to the pandemic and it is hard to see what options there are at the moment, with no one knowing how long this crisis will last and if there will be further waves of it.
“Obviously, the couple would ideally want the Queen and, if he was able to, Prince Philip, to attend their wedding.
“Given the challenges that affect those of a certain age attending events during the pandemic, the wait could be a long one.”
However, the commentator added, the monarch is reportedly keen to return to the forefront of the Royal Family after months of self-isolation at Windsor Castle.
Given safe conditions and a low infection rate, the monarch will be likely happy to attend the wedding of Beatrice and Edoardo, Mr Fitzwilliams suggested.
He said: “The Queen is keeping fit and reportedly is riding daily, is in ‘excellent spirits’ and delighted she is able to spend a great deal of time with Prince Philip.
“Hopefully it will not be that long before a wedding date can be fixed and that the Queen will be able to attend this happy event in person as she would wish to do.
“The presence of the Duke, who would undoubtedly wish to be there if he could and I am sure would make a virtual appearance if he were not there in person, would be a very special bonus.”
Princess Beatrice and Edo are believed to have already made arrangements in the past to be sure the princess’ grandparents could attend her nuptials.
Following reports in 2019, the couple were going to marry in Italy to honour Edo’s roots, Sarah Ferguson, mother of the future bride, said: “It can only be Britain.”
This sparked speculation the location had been chosen also to accommodate the needs of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward had previously told OK! magazine: “I think in her heart Beatrice would like to be married in Italy where Edo’s from, but there’s no way the Queen will fly to Europe for the wedding so it will have to be in England.”
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