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From opulence to darkness: what a difference a year makes for royal weddings


Harry and Meghan, 2018

The amount was unprecedented. More than 50,000 people flocked to the city of Windsor, Berkshire every hour, packing the streets and long walk in Great Park.

TV teams from America, Britain and around the world paid thousands for viewpoints.

And the atmosphere was electrifying when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in the great St. George’s Chapel in the castle in May 2018.

Hundreds of guests there – including George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey as well as the Royals.

In the UK alone, 13 million watched television. The prince and the Hollywood star – we all thought it was a new morning for the royal family, but unfortunately it shouldn't be.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May 2018 in the great St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle

In the UK alone, 13 million watched on television how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex drove the long way down towards Windsor Castle in a carriage

In the UK alone, 13 million watched on television how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex drove the long way down towards Windsor Castle in a carriage

Jack Brooksbank and Eugenie, 2018

Just a few months after Harry and Meghan's big day, the second royal wedding of the year took place in a crowded St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Eugenie, the younger daughter of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, married Jack Brooksbank, the European brand manager of Casamigos Tequila, a company founded by George Clooney.

Thousands of members of the public lined the streets of Windsor to look at the couple, whose bridesmaids and pageboys included Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

Members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra provided the music, and guests included Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

Brooksbank drove his wife to an reception at the Royal Lodge with an Aston Martin DB10, one of the eight for the 007 film Specter.

Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank go to St. George & # 39; s Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding on October 12, 2018

Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank go to St. George & # 39; s Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding on October 12, 2018

Princess Eugenie and Mr. Brooksbank walk down the Quire aisle after getting married in St. George’s Chapel

Princess Eugenie and Mr. Brooksbank walk down the Quire aisle after getting married in St. George’s Chapel

Princess Eugenie's mother Sarah Ferguson at her wedding in Windsor in October 2018

Princess Eugenie's mother Sarah Ferguson at her wedding in Windsor in October 2018

Edo and Beatrice, 2020

Princess Beatrice's wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was hit by the double blow from Covid-19 and the scandal surrounding her father and was as reserved as you can imagine.

The venue – originally planned as Chapel Royal, St. James & # 39; s Palace in London – was the relatively modest Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of the Royal Lodge family home in Windsor Great Park.

It is usually used as a parish church for royal household employees. The event was completely closed to the public and was attended by only about 15 guests, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

At least the bride's father, Prince Andrew, looked more than happy after the ceremony.

The venue - originally planned as Chapel Royal, St. James & # 39; s Palace in London - was the relatively modest Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of the Royal Lodge family home in Windsor Great Park

The venue – originally planned as Chapel Royal, St. James & # 39; s Palace in London – was the relatively modest Royal Chapel of All Saints on the grounds of the Royal Lodge family home in Windsor Great Park

The British Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive on October 19, 2019 for the wedding ceremony of Countess Arco-Zunneberg of Prince Napoleon at the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral in the Invalides National Hotel in Paris

The British Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arrive on October 19, 2019 for the wedding ceremony of Countess Arco-Zunneberg of Prince Napoleon at the Saint-Louis-des-Invalides Cathedral in the Invalides National Hotel in Paris

The bride's father, Prince Andrew, looked more than happy after the ceremony (image)

The bride's father, Prince Andrew, looked more than happy after the ceremony (image)

The event was completely closed to the public and was only attended by around 15 guests. Among them were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (picture).

The event was completely closed to the public and was only attended by around 15 guests. Among them were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh (picture).

Why Beatrice had to marry secretly: The groom's cousin accuses Prince Andrew of "problems" behind closed doors after the first royal wedding in 235 years, which only the "inner circle" of the family knew in advance

Prince Andrew led his daughter Beatrice down the aisle on Friday at the first “secret” royal wedding in 235 years.

The embarrassed king put his problems aside because of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal to betray the princess in a remarkable private ceremony.

The secret nature of the hastily arranged wedding meant that the Queen's troubled son was spared from performing in public.

Princess Beatrice (right), 31, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (left), 37, on Friday at the first “secret” royal wedding in 235 years

Princess Beatrice (right), 31, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (left), 37, on Friday at the first “secret” royal wedding in 235 years

Prince Andrew (pictured) led his daughter down the aisle during the private ceremony at the All Saints Royal Chapel near Windsor Castle

Prince Andrew (pictured) led his daughter down the aisle during the private ceremony at the All Saints Royal Chapel near Windsor Castle

The 31-year-old Beatrice married her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (37), known as Edo, in an intimate ceremony with only 15 family members and friends in the Church of All Saints on the estate of Queen Windsor.

The couple had planned a much larger event in London in May, but had to cancel it due to closure.

Her grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, were the only kings present besides Beatrice and her immediate family, including her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, and the younger sister Princess Eugenie.

The monarch shared her joy with Captain Sir Tom Moore, whom she knighted hours after the wedding at Windsor Castle and told him, “My granddaughter got married this morning. Both Philip and I did it – very nice. "

Edo's four-year-old son Wolfie was his "mini best man" when Beatrice became the first "blood princess" to become a stepmother. The last king believed to have secretly married was George IV, who in 1785 married his lover Maria Fitzherbert in a stealthy ceremony in her Mayfair drawing room.

Details of Beatrice's wedding were briefly confirmed yesterday by Buckingham Palace. The Daily Mail can also reveal the following:

  • Only members of the "inner circle" of the family were informed about the wedding and committed to secrecy.
  • The bride and her mother organized the wedding in just two weeks after the state restrictions were relaxed so their grandparents could attend before moving to Balmoral for the summer.
  • Beatrice went from her father's Royal Lodge – where she had stayed the night before the wedding – to the nearby church and had only one bridesmaid.
  • Wolfie's mother, Dara Huang, is not believed to have been present.
  • The bride wore the wedding dress she wanted to show in May;
  • Guests, including the Queen, were socially distant in the church and had an outdoor reception at the Royal Lodge.

Family friends insisted that the wedding's secrecy was not due to Andrew's problems with the Epstein scandal.

The FBI wants to question him about his close friendship with the convicted pedophile who killed himself while he is awaiting trial for further charges last summer.

The pressure on Andrew, 60, increased after the arrest of his close friend, Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, in the United States.

However, the sources said that secrecy was explained by Beatrice and Edo's desire for a quiet, private ceremony and the fact that they didn't want to overshadow Sir Tom's Knight in Windsor.

But Dario Mapelli Mozzi, Edo's cousin, who had once been removed, said the email: "We heard that it was postponed to the next year, but that was clear to keep it secret." Maybe they did it now to make sure the queen could be there.

Pressure on ashamed Andrew (pictured left with Beatrice) increased after his close friend, Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested in the United States. The groom's cousin blamed the "problems" of the prince for the secret wedding

Pressure on ashamed Andrew (pictured left with Beatrice) increased after his close friend, Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested in the United States. The groom's cousin blamed the "problems" of the prince for the secret wedding

"Or maybe they didn't want to go overboard with advertisements because of problems with their father if someone criticized them."

Previously, Edo worked with architect Miss Huang for three years. They are said to have split up between Beatrice and Beatrice just a few weeks before his relationship began.

On the small guest list were Princess Eugenie's husband Jack, Edo's mother Nikki Williams-Ellis and stepfather David and his half-brother Alby Shale, with whom he is very close.

Alby is a son of Nikki's second marriage to the late Tory-Granden Christopher Shale and the goddess of the Duchess of York.

George IV last married secretly in 1785

It is believed that the last king to marry secretly was George IV when he was still Prince of Wales.

The future monarch married his Catholic lover Maria Fitzherbert in a secret ceremony, which was carried out in 1785 in the salon of her Mayfair house.

It was technically invalid since George had not obtained his father's approval, George III, as required by any heir to the throne under the Royal Marriage Act of 1772.

Marriage to a Roman Catholic man would also have excluded him from accession to the throne.

Rumors of the marriage scandalized the company, but the couple stayed together until 1795, when George agreed to marry a Protestant Princess Caroline of Braunschweig.

He was in huge debt and was forced into marriage in exchange for a bailout, but came to loathe his new wife. The couple had a daughter together, Princess Charlotte, but separated after their birth and George later described Ms. Fitzherbert as "the woman of my heart and soul".

He became Prince Regent in 1811 after George III. Has been classified as incapable of government because of his mental instability.

His marriage to Princess Caroline was so unsuccessful that he tried unsuccessfully to divorce her after becoming king in 1820. He died a decade later.

He is said to have given instructions that he should be buried with a tiny portrait of Mrs. Fitzherbert tied around his neck.

She kept a portrait of him in a medallion that she allegedly held when she died in 1837.

George's only child, Princess Charlotte, died at birth in 1817, so the crown passed to his brother, who became William IV.

It is believed that Edo's father, Nikki's first husband, Olympic skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, who has British and Italian citizenship, was invited, but it is not clear whether he left. A source said they thought it was "unlikely" and the two were "not close".

Sources said it was impossible to invite other members of the royal family, "because when you invite one, questions are asked why you didn't invite the others and there are simply too many of them."

An insider said that while it wasn't the first time the queen and her husband saw members of their family, it was still the first family event the older couple had attended for months.

Beatrice and Edo had planned to marry in front of 150 guests at the Chapel Royal at St. James & # 39; s Palace on May 29, followed by a reception in the garden of Buckingham Palace.

The couple, who were locked up together with Edo's mother and her husband in Oxfordshire, decided to just sit back and see how it went.

Their only condition was that they didn't want to wait too long to tie the knot – even if it meant it was just the two of them – and that if they could have a little wedding, the Queen, 94 and Philip, 99, had to be there.

When the government announced that weddings with up to 30 socially distant guests would be allowed from July 4, Beatrice and Edo – with their fond mother who took care of the arrangements – took action.

The 190-year-old All Saints Chapel, also known as the Royal Chapel of All Saints or Queen Victoria & # 39; s Chapel, is a listed building. The Queen regularly attends Sunday services when she is in the area, as does her mother before her.

It has the advantage of being completely private – cut off from members of the public and the press – which meant that Andrew, who was reluctant to do so due to the Epstein scandal, did not have to be seen in public.

The news of Beatrice's wedding only began to break when a photographer spotted Philip and the queen, who were shining in flowers in a turquoise coat and hat, and were driven up the Long Walk in their official car from Windsor Castle and through Great Park to the church .

Both the ceremony and a subsequent reception at Andrew were organized with strict social distance. According to Covid-19 guidelines, wedding ceremonies must be kept as short as possible, without having to avoid eating or drinking and singing and playing instruments. So the family gathered in the garden.

The Queen was one of the first to leave the group at 11:45 a.m. to honor Captain Tom at the castle.

The bride and groom decided not to publish the traditional wedding photo until today, so as not to overshadow the knight's ceremony.

A close friend of the family said Wolfie was a star and added: “Wolfie spent a lot of time with them, and although Beatrice is of course very respectful that she is his stepmother and Dara is a wonderful mother, she loves Wolfie very much. Beatrice is a very sweet, very sensitive young woman. "

Another friend said the past year was "hugely difficult for the family" because Andrew's friendship with Epstein had been put under the microscope.

"These children were so devastated by all of this that it was really nice to have this wedding out of the public eye," they said.

"They were all there and Sarah held the show on the street. Very, very few people received information about it. "

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