Princess Beatrice and fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have been forced to review plans for their wedding, it’s been confirmed. The wedding, which was scheduled for 29 May this year, is under threat due to the coronavirus pandemic which is predicted to peak in the UK around May or June.
The royal family has released a statement saying Beatrice and Edo are cancelling the reception that was scheduled to take place at Buckingham Palace. They are, however, considering whether they might still be able to get married and hold a small ceremony for close friends and families.
‘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,” reads the official statement from Buckingham Palace.
‘In line with government advice for the UK and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements. They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people. Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place.’
The announcement goes on to say the couple will ‘carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends.’
Princess Beatrice and her fiancé are one of many couples whose weddings are under threat this year. The government advice is currently that we should all be making an effort to socially distance ourselves, while anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms – a new, persistent cough and a fever – should isolate for 14 days along with their whole household.
However, other countries around the world have taken more stringent measures, banning gatherings over a certain number of people (which would certainly affect weddings) and going into complete lockdown. Until the advice unfolds in the next few days, it’s unlikely that Beatrice and Edo will be able to formulate a new plan.
If they do decide to go ahead with a wedding ceremony and an intimate reception for close family and friends only, it is possible her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, may not be able to attend. At 93 and therefore elderly, the Queen is in the higher risk category should she contract the virus. The royal family is already taking measures to protect the monarch, moving her from Buckingham Palace to her residence in Windsor a week earlier than normal for Easter break, so any decisions about attending a wedding with a gathering of people will likely be deliberated very carefully.
Shall we just write 2020 off and hibernate until 2021 comes around, hopefully coronavirus-free?
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan UK
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