The Queen has seen many things in her 68-year reign but she will never have witnessed anything like this.
I can reveal that a three-year-old boy will be the best man at the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice.
Bea’s fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, has asked his son, Christopher [who is known as Wolfie], to do the honours when they tie the knot at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace in May.
‘I can confirm that Wolfie will be best man,’ a spokesman for the couple tells me.
Bea’s fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, has asked his son, Christopher — known as Wolfie — to be best man when they tie the knot at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace, writes RICHARD EDEN
Not only will he have to hand his father the wedding rings in front of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, but he will play an important role at the reception.
‘Surely, he won’t be expected to make a speech at Buckingham Palace?’ asks a shocked courtier when I break the news to them.
Wolfie will be the youngest person to have performed a role at a royal wedding throughout the course of British history.
A friend of Bea and Edo says they have asked Wolfie to carry out the role because they want to show that he is loved and embraced by his stepmother, writes RICHARD EDEN
A friend of Bea and Edo says they have asked Wolfie to carry out the role because they want to show that he is loved and embraced by his stepmother.
Wolfie’s mother, the American architect Dara Huang, 37, is expected to be invited to the wedding and reception, which will take place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, as I revealed earlier this month.
Bea’s engagement to property developer Edo, 36, was announced by the palace last September. He is the son of Count Alessandro ‘Alex’ Mapelli-Mozzi, former British Olympian and member of an Italian noble family.
The reception will be the first wedding celebration at Buckingham Palace since Prince William and Kate Middleton’s in 2011.
All three subsequent royal weddings have been in Windsor. Bea’s sister, Princess Eugenie, tied the knot in 2018 at St George’s Chapel, with a reception at the castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had exchanged vows there earlier that year. And Lady Gabriella Windsor married businessman Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel last year.
Bea, 31, will be given away by her father, Prince Andrew, in what is likely to be his first prominent role since he stepped back from royal duties.
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