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Beatrice wed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a low-key ceremony in the summer, in accordance with the lockdown restrictions in place at the time. The couple had planned to have a lavish party, like all the Queen’s other grandchildren enjoyed, but the pandemic meant Beatrice had to call off her original . Some reports claim she had already had to postpone the announcement of her plans twice, due to the ongoing furore surrounding her father, Prince Andrew, and his association with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Royal watchers were eagerly awaiting the nuptials, especially after the flurry of bad press the Royal Family received prior to the coronavirus lockdown in March.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's departure from the Royal Family, commonly known as Megxit, news of Peter Phillips' and David Lindley's divorces and the ongoing speculation around the Duke of York meant the Firm had faced a period of bad press.

A source told Vanity Fair's Erin Vanderhoof: “The Queen has asked everyone to come together to put on a united front.

“The press officers of all the palaces hope to portray the Beatrice as the big event that brings the family back together.

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“Aides know this will be a tough job but it’s all they can do just to save the , but potentially the monarchy’s reputation.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice with husband Edoardo Mapelli MozziQueen Elizabeth II and Princess Beatrice with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (Image: Getty/ Instagram @princesseugenie)

The Royal Family usually gathers together for large family occasions -- pictured in 2019 for Trooping the ColourThe Royal Family usually gathers together for large family occasions -- pictured in 2019 for Trooping the Colour (Image: Getty)

A friend of Beatrice’s claimed that the Queen herself invited to host the at Buckingham Palace, which left her granddaughter “delighted and very grateful to accept”.

The friend continued: “It was a really special gesture as it will be the first celebration at Buckingham Palace since William and Catherine’s in 2011.”

The Queen has a particularly close relationship with Beatrice, which could also explain her decision to make an exception for her.

While she is one of the more low-key members of the Firm, her nuptials would usually have seen the entire Royal Family gather.

Her was expected to take place just two months after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s departure from the royal frontline, and they would have been expected to fly back from the US to attend under normal conditions.

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