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‘So excited’ Princess Beatrice celebrates engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

The pair will wed next year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter

An over-the-moon Princess Beatrice has shared her excitement at getting engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who penned a tender tribute to his bride-to-be.

Buckingham Palace announced that the pair, who became engaged on a weekend trip to Italy earlier this month after a whirlwind romance, will wed next year.

Beatrice is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.

Mr Mapelli Mozzi – who is known as Edo – shared black and white images on Instagram of himself and his new fiancee embracing and posing side by side.

Writing to his future wife, he declared: “You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, today, tomorrow and forever”, followed by an emoji of a ring.

The couple have told how they cannot wait to be married.

“We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement,” they said in a joint statement.

“We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to actually be married.

“We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”

Beatrice also posted a rare tweet, saying: “I’m so excited to announce my engagement to Edo.”

Congratulations flooded in from their delighted families, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson also declaring the announcement “fantastic news”.

Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie, who took the couple’s engagement photos, said on Instragram: “Beabea – wow! I’m so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo.”

Eugenie added: “It’s been a long time coming and you two are meant to be. (camera emoji) by me!! “

The princess’s mother Sarah, Duchess of York also posted exuberant messages on Twitter, declaring: “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.”

In a joint official statement Andrew and the duchess, who divorced but remain close friends, said they had watched the couple’s relationship develop with pride.

“We are the lucky parents of a wonderful daughter who has found her love and companion in a completely devoted friend and loyal young man,” they added.

Millionaire Mr Mapelli Mozzi is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Williams-Ellis, and they also spoke of their delight.

“Our family has known Beatrice for most of her life. Edo and Beatrice are made for each other, and their happiness and love for each other is there for all to see,” they said.

“They share an incredibly strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship.”

Beatrice showed off her dazzling diamond engagement ring, which was designed by Mr Mapelli Mozzi in conjunction with British jeweller Shaun Leane.

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Beatrice’s engagement ring (Princess Eugenie/PA)

The large round brilliant cut central solitaire is set on a band of tapered diamond baguettes.

Following the wedding, Beatrice will become a stepmother.

Mr Mapelli Mozzi has a young son named Wolfie with ex-fiancee Dara Huang.

The Queen, who is said to be very pleased for her granddaughter, has already been introduced by Beatrice to both Mr Mapelli Mozzi and two-year-old Wolfie.

Mr Mapelli Mozzi, 35, and Beatrice, 31, began dating in autumn 2018, and were soon being tipped to walk up the aisle.

The princess, who split from her long-term love Dave Clark in 2016 after 10 years together, appeared with the property developer at a Pitch@Palace event at St James’s Palace in London, hosted by Andrew in June.

Their families have known one another for many years and the couple are said to have started a relationship after meeting again at Eugenie’s wedding last October.

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Princess Beatrice with boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at a Pitch@Palace event at St James Palace in London (Steve Parsons/PA)

Beatrice is ninth in line to the throne, and a cousin of the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

Only the first six people in the line of succession have to obtain the Queen’s permission to marry, but it is likely the monarch would have been among the first to be told by her granddaughter of the impending nuptials.

Eugenie was treated to a glittering, star-studded wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in October 2018.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their wedding day (Steve Parsons/PA)

The ceremony, which was attended by 800 guests, was televised and Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank enjoyed a carriage ride through Windsor afterwards.

They continued their celebrations with a weekend of festivities at the nearby York family home Royal Lodge.

Beatrice’s father Andrew has faced a storm of controversy in recent weeks over his links to paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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The Duke of York (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was a victim of Epstein, has said she was forced into sexual encounters with the duke.

Buckingham Palace and Andrew have strongly denied the accusations.

Andrew and Sarah, who was previously outcast from the royals following her infamous “toe-sucking scandal”, will want to ensure Beatrice is given the same special treatment on her big day as her sister.

Her wedding will be the fourth royal one in recent years, following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s and then Eugenie’s in 2018, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent’s daughter Lady Gabriella Windsor’s to Tom Kingston in 2019.

All three took place in the gothic 15th century St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, with Beatrice likely to be offered the chance to marry in the same venue by the Queen.

Other options could include Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, where Beatrice’s cousin Zara Phillips married Mike Tindall, or perhaps – as Beatrice is a Princess of York – York Minster, where singer Ellie Goulding recently wed.

It is unlikely the princess would choose the higher profile Westminster Abbey in central London where her parents and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married.

Beatrice is not a full-time working royal and works for Afiniti, an artificial intelligence software firm, where she is vice president of partnerships and strategy.

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