Princess Beatrice has cancelled her wedding reception in Buckingham Palace amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The princess, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was set to marry her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on May 29. But she may now have to delay that date for the ceremony, after canceling the reception.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Princess Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi are very much looking forward to getting married but are equally aware of the need to avoid undertaking any unnecessary risks in the current circumstances.


“In line with government advice for the UK and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29th May. They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people.

“Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place. The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends.”

Princess Beatrice and her fiancé intended to use the marquees and portaloos in the palace gardens, which are erected each year for the garden parties, for the reception of their wedding.

But the palace had to cancel this summer’s parties amid the ongoing pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Queen has moved to Windsor early because of the coronavirus outbreak and is joined by Prince Philip. As she arrived in Windsor, she released a statement on the ongoing pandemic saying that “my family and I stand ready to play our part.”