Princess Beatrice is engaged.
The 31-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson is set to marry boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, next year.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, announced the news on Twitter, stating that the couple became engaged during a visit to Italy earlier this month.
The royal family’s social media account released a statement confirming that the wedding will take place in 2020.
No venue has been announced but more details are expected in due course.
The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Beatrice to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.— The Duke of York (@TheDukeOfYork) September 26, 2019
Her Royal Highness and Mr Mapelli Mozzi became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month: https://t.co/HQ2DDObVWY
📷Princess Eugenie pic.twitter.com/oMvVdBWj5H
The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Beatrice to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Read the full announcement here: https://t.co/E7VRBC7H96 pic.twitter.com/7sSIVy8Kmj— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 26, 2019
Two sets of photographs were released to celebrate the news.
The first, a series of color images, were taken by Beatrice’s sister Eugenie, who got married last October, during a recent visit to Italy.
“Eugenie took the color photographs as my girls are so close,” Fergie tweeted.
In a second tweet, the 59-year-old wrote, “I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons-in-law.”
Eugenie took the colour photographs as my girls are so close.— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 26, 2019
The black and white photographs were taken by Misan Harriman at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park pic.twitter.com/lkneoPpIYs
I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law pic.twitter.com/WIhe9eamrF— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 26, 2019
One of the color photo shows Beatrice’s engagement ring in great detail.
The circular diamond ring is from British jewelery designer Shaun Leane, designed in collaboration with Mapelli Mozzi.
In comparison to Eugenie’s pink, vintage-style engagement ring, Beatrice’s is fairly modern, with six claws securing the main diamond, which is surrounded by side stones.
A second group of black-and-white photos were taken by photographer Misan Harriman at the York family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor, England.
In the color photos, the princess is wearing a $695 floral dress by Australian label Zimmerman while Mapelli Mozzi is clad in black trousers and a white shirt.
Beatrice is wearing a different dress in the monochrome images: a $595 red, satin wrap dress, also by Zimmerman.
Sister Eugenie, 29, celebrated the news with a loving, open letter to her sister on Instagram.
“Beabea — wow! I’m so happy for you, my dearest big sissy and dear Edo,” Eugenie wrote alongside a series of the photos she’d taken of the couple.
“It’s been a long time coming and you two are meant to be.”
Who is Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi?
Mapelli Mozzi is a property developer and the son of British alpine skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale.
Edo, as Mapelli Mozzi is known to his friends, works as the CEO of Banda Property, which he founded in 2007.
This isn’t his first engagement.
Mapelli Mozzi was previously engaged to Chinese-American architect Dara Huang and the pair share a toddler son, Christopher “Wolfie” Woolf. Mapelli Mozzi and Huang parted ways last year, before he began dating Beatrice.
The newly engaged couple were pictured together for the first time after Eugenie’s October 2018 wedding, but made their public debut as a couple at a National Portrait Gallery gala in March 2019, which cousin-in-law Kate Middleton also attended.
Following this, they jointly attended Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding to Thomas Kingston at Windsor Castle in May, and Ellie Goulding’s star-studded wedding at the end of August.
It’s unclear how long they’ve been dating, but reports of the couple first surfaced last October. They’ve reportedly lived together at St. James’s Palace for some time.
Beatrice is ninth in line to the throne, the queen’s sixth youngest grandchild and Andrew and Fergie’s oldest child. Beatrice’s younger sister, Eugenie, 29, wed her partner, Jack Brooksbank, at Windsor Castle in October 2018.
Beatrice’s previous relationship
Mapelli Mozzi is believed to be Beatrice’s first serious relationship since ending things with former boyfriend Dave Clark in 2016.
Beatrice and Clark dated for 10 years and were reportedly introduced by Prince William at a birthday party hosted by Pierce Brosnan’s son, Sean.
The break-up was said to be “amicable and mutual.”
Clark married his partner of two years, advertising executive Lynn Anderson, in Puglia, Italy in July 2018. The A-list packed guest list included actor Ashton Kutcher and model Sara Sampaio.
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