Hats are a must at any British wedding, but for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal nuptials back in 2011 , Princess Beatrice almost stole the spotlight with a meme-worthy fascinator.
Her look was the talk of the internet, even spawning its own parody Facebook account (which has sadly since been taken down), but her wedding was a much more hush hush affair. Beatrice tied the knot in an intimate socially distanced ceremony in Windsor last summer, after her wedding was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the happy news in a statement: The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family. The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government Guidelines. In May of 2021, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the happy couple were expecting their first child together, and on September 20, they announced that the arrival of their daughter .
In light of the happy news, here’s everything you need to know about Princess Beatrice, the 33-year old-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth. Beatrice is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
Photo credit: Getty Images She was born on August 8, 1988, and at the time of the her birth, Buckingham Palace released a brief statement: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:18 p.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both well.”
Per the Associated Press , the little princess’s full name, Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, was announced several days later on August 22. She was named after the youngest of Queen Victoria’s children.
Beatrice has one sister, Princess Eugenie, who is married Jack Brooksbank last year at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor . Their parents divorced in 1993, but are known to remain close. As Beatrice’s sister Eugenie put it , "They are the best divorced couple I know."