Queen 'used Beatrice photograph as useful signal to send out' amid ...

THE QUEEN "used Princess Beatrice's picture" as a "useful signal" to the public, after Prince Andrew was snubbed from official photographs, a royal correspondent claimed.

PUBLISHED: 14:57, Sun, Nov 29, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:57, Sun, Nov 29, 2020

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Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi surprised Royal Family fans by revealing they had wed in secret during the coronavirus lockdown, in front of a small group of around 20 close friends and family. This, coupled with her sister Princess Eugenie's announcement that she was expecting her first child with Jack Brooksbank, sparked a wave of excitement regarding the Royal Family at a time when they had appeared to be struggling. Coupled with members of the Firm contracting COVID-19, the fallout of Prince Andrew's controversial friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein continued to dominate royal conversation.

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The saga appeared to carry on when Prince Andrew was then "erased" from the official royal photographs released following Beatrice's nuptials earlier this year.

In the pictures handed out, Beatrice appeared alongside Edo in one, and the Queen and Prince Philip in another.

Royal correspondent Camilla Tominey argued "excluding Prince Andrew was significant" as it highlighted the Duke of York's "spectacular fall from grace".

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She explained the decision to use the Queen and Philip with Beatrice and Edo was also a "useful signal" that the Queen remained head of the family, and was back in action after being sidelined by the pandemic.

Queen 'used Beatrice wedding photograph as useful signal to send out' amid Andrew snubQueen 'used Beatrice photograph as useful signal to send out' amid Andrew snub (Image: GETTY)

Princess Beatrice with Queen at her wedding this yearPrincess Beatrice with Queen at her this year (Image: GETTY)

Ms Tominey said: "Clearly, there has been a collective decision taken that he should not feature in the imagery of this historic moment for the bride

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