Princess Beatrice to follow 100-year-old royal tradition for wedding ring

Beatrice will marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in May after a whirlwind romance. And she is expected to follow a 100-year-old royal tradition by having a wedding ring made of Welsh gold.

The royal wedding ring tradition started with the Queen Mother in 1923.

Since then, Welsh gold has been used for the wedding rings of royals including the Queen, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie.

The Royal Family’s website says: “The wedding rings of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Diana, Princess of Wales were all made from the same nugget of Welsh gold, which came from a Welsh mine, Clogau St David’s at Bontddu.

“There is still a minute sliver (one gramme) of this original piece of gold left, which is in the custody of the Privy Purse Office.

“In November 1981, however the Royal British Legion presented The Queen with a 36-gramme piece of 21 carat Welsh gold, which is held by the Crown Jewellers to be used for the Royal Wedding rings of today.”

Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne, and Mr Mapelli Mozzi announced new details about their wedding last week.

It followed weeks of speculation that the royal event will be overshadowed by the scandal over Prince Andrew’s association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Beatrice’s big day is looking like a more low-key affair than her sister Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018.

Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi will marry in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace.

The chapel can hold 150 guests, compared to around 800 who attended Eugenie’s wedding at St George’s Chapel.

Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank went on a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor to celebrate following the ceremony, which was televised on a special live ITV show.

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But the broadcaster has already said Beatrice’s nuptials will only be featured in its news programmes.

The couple are understood to want an intimate wedding for close friends and family.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi will take place on Friday 29th May 2020.

“The couple became engaged in Italy in September 2019.

“Her Majesty 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.”

Buckingham Palace has said the wedding will be paid for privately.

Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi began dating in autumn 2018 and got engaged during a weekend trip to Italy last September.

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

Mr Mapelli Mozzi, a millionaire property tycoon, is the son of former Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Williams-Ellis.

His stepfather was Christopher Shale, a senior Tory and a close friend of former prime minister David Cameron, who died from heart disease at Glastonbury in 2011.

Beatrice will become a stepmother as Mr Mapelli Mozzi, known as Edo, has a young son called Wolfie with ex-fiancee Dara Huang.

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