Princess Beatrice gets her date at last

After a tough few weeks for Princess Beatrice, I gather there is at last some happy news for the young Royal as the Queen has finally agreed to let her announce a date – albeit one that doesn’t interrupt Royal Ascot.

Her Majesty says that Beatrice and her fiance Edo Mapelli Mozzi can reveal details about their big day in the New Year. 

I’m told we can expect the ceremony to be in early June, as the racing-obsessed Monarch has stipulated the date must not interrupt her favourite meeting, which next year starts on June 16.

A source close to the couple said: ‘Bea and Edo will finally announce their date in the second week of January. The date has been described as “early summer”, just before the summer social season kicks off.’

Her Majesty says that Beatrice and her fiance Edo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together in September) can reveal details about their big day in the New Year

Her Majesty says that Beatrice and her fiance Edo Mapelli Mozzi (pictured together in September) can reveal details about their big day in the New Year

I’m told we can expect the ceremony to be in early June, as the racing-obsessed Monarch has stipulated the date must not interrupt her favourite meeting, which next year starts on June 16. (Above, the young Royal couple in March)

I’m told we can expect the ceremony to be in early June, as the racing-obsessed Monarch has stipulated the date must not interrupt her favourite meeting, which next year starts on June 16. (Above, the young Royal couple in March)

Pictured, the Queen and Prince Andrew at Ascot in June. A source close to Beatrice and Edo said: ‘Bea and Edo will finally announce their wedding date in the second week of January. The date has been described as “early summer”, just before the summer social season kicks off’

Pictured, the Queen and Prince Andrew at Ascot in June. A source close to Beatrice and Edo said: ‘Bea and Edo will finally announce their date in the second week of January. The date has been described as “early summer”, just before the summer social season kicks off’

However, it appears that securing a venue is proving to be problematic. The happy couple had told select friends last month that The Guards’ Chapel, St James’s Park, had made their final shortlist but now it seems that the venue is no longer under consideration.

Prince Andrew’s position as an honorary Colonel of the Grenadier Guards would have pushed Bea to the front of the queue to marry at the venue, which has a long waiting list. 

Princess Beatrice at Ascot in 2012. A source said: 'Poor Beatrice – this wedding seems impossible to cement'

Princess Beatrice at Ascot in 2012. A source said: 'Poor Beatrice – this seems impossible to cement'

Generally, only current serving members of the military and their direct descendants can marry at the site, though exceptions can be made for civilians who are very well known to the church.

For this reason, the chapel was deemed to be a perfect choice – exclusive yet not traditionally Royal, and striking just the right note at a time when the Yorks' prominence within the Royal Family is in flux.

However, the chapel, which played host to the of Camilla and Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973, looks to be off the cards. 

My source says: ‘Only three weeks ago, friends were expecting to watch Bea walk down the aisle at The Guards Chapel, but that location is now looking unlikely. 

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