Princess Beatrice stated that she & # 39; so excited & # 39; and & # 39; can't wait to get married & # 39 ;, because yesterday her engagement with her millionaire owned tycoon boyfriend was announced.
The 31-year-old eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, were engaged to Edoardo & # 39; Edo & # 39; Mapelli Mozzi in Italy.
The wedding will take place next year, Buckingham Palace said.
Their official portraits in color engagement, on which the couple stared into each other's eyes, were taken by Beatrice & # 39; s sister princess Eugenie.
Beatrice and Edo had a rocky start to their romance after news about their relationship apparently came as a surprise to his ex-fiancé Dara Huang, mother of his two-year-old son Christopher Woolf.
Yesterday Mrs. Huang said: & I wish the best for Edo and Beatrice and look forward to uniting our families. & # 39;
Here we tell the story of the latest royal romance. . .
Princess Beatrice stated that she & # 39; so excited & # 39; was and & # 39; can't wait to get married & # 39; because her engagement with her millionaire owned tycoon friend Edoardo & # 39; Edo & # 39; Mapelli Mozzi was announced yesterday
Compared to a few royal courts, the relationship between Princess Beatrice and Edoardo & # 39; Edo & # 39; Mapelli Mozzi has been a bit of a whirlwind romance.
Beatrice's younger sister, Princess Eugenie, quickly approaching her first wedding day, had a relationship with Ambassador Jack Brooksbank for seven years before they got married in October.
Then there is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were a couple most of eight years before their wedding in 2011 – Kate Middleton deserved the cruel name & # 39; Waity Katie & # 39 ;.
Beatrice and Edoardo, who announced their plan to get married yesterday, went to the engagement phase in just under 12 months.
Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been dating a little over a year when they announced their wedding plans.
The engagement was announced yesterday morning, along with a series of photos of the beloved couple staring into each other's eyes at Windsor Great Park (taken by Eugenie), pulling faces together in artistic black and white (taken by photographer Misan Harriman ), and shows off the ring, a stunning art deco diamond dazzler worth up to £ 100,000 (Edo helped British jewelery designer Shaun Leane design it).
The photos & # 39; s of Beatrice's engagement with Edo were made by her sister Eugenie. Above: the beautiful engagement ring of the princess
Tumbling over her shoulders in artfully dressed curls, in a £ 595 midi dress from the Australian brand Zimmermann, Bea saw every inch the confused, beautiful princess; head over heels in love with the man who, if not a prince, is the son of an Italian count.
He, for his part, looked in love for a moment as he sniffed his fiance's forehead as she nestled against his shoulder.
The couple announced their news and said in a statement: “We are both so excited to embark on this life adventure together and can't wait to be truly married.
Beatrice and Edo had a rocky start to their romance after news about their relationship apparently came as a surprise to his ex-fiancé Dara Huang (along with Edo)
Browse further through the Italian page and there is another particularly striking image. One of a cute little boy, his baby hair combed in an elegant crest and with sunglasses on. This is Edo's two year old son, Christopher Woolf – Wolfie as he is known
& # 39; We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will be of great value to us in the coming years, full of love and happiness. & # 39;
There was a pronounced Latin glow in the more flowing post that Edo placed on his 14,000 followers on Instagram: & You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home.
Hand in hand today, tomorrow, and forever, & # 39; said the 36-year-old, alongside four black-and-white photos of the couple's official engagement photo shoot.
However, continue browsing through his page and there is another particularly striking image.
One of a cute little boy, his baby hair combed in an elegant crest and with sunglasses on.
This is Edo's two year old son, Christopher Woolf – Wolfie as he is known.
Princess Eugenie got married last October and Beatrice stood next to her mother Sarah Ferguson while her sister walked down the aisle
For Edo, with all its charm and handsome looks, & # 39; luggage & # 39; – a substantial sum in the form of a former fiancee, glamorous architect and designer Dara Huang, the mother of his son with whom he barely broke up meeting Beatrice months before.
The split was so fast that the couple still shared a house and the Chinese-American Dara's own family had no idea that they were no longer an item when the news about Edo and Bea's romance first broke out.
& # 39; I think Dara hid it from me, & # 39; said her mother Lily at the time.
Beatrice; s mother Sarah Ferguson shared her joy and said on Twitter: & # 39; I know what a mother feels, so I have tears of joy & # 39;
Beatrice and the real estate magnate first started dating in October last year and were engaged this month on a trip to Italy
& # 39; She didn't want me to be sad. I am shocked. I love Edo. I love his family. Why did this happen? This has broken me into pieces. & # 39;
A good Edo family friend soon emphasized that he had divorced Dara six months earlier, while a palace employee who had known the princess all her life insisted: & She would never allow herself to break the happiness of another couple , especially if there was a small child. & # 39;
It is the honor of all involved that the new romance unfolded with dignified discretion and that there have been no inappropriate public accusations.
Indeed, everything now seems terribly amicable between the two high flyers. (Dara has her own design company and an international client list.)
That does not mean, however, that when Princess Beatrice marries the charming, multi-millionaire property developer next year, she becomes the first royal of her generation to become a stepmother – a role previously only played by the Duchess of Cornwall who of course has two stepson in Princess William and Harry,
Edo is clearly adored by the Beatrice family.
In a public statement, Beatrice and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi said about their 11-month romance: & # 39; We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement & # 39;
The announcement comes more than three years after ten years after saying goodbye to her former partner Dave Clark (right)
Their engagement caused congratulations from various quarters, including Eugenie, who stated on Instagram: & # 39; Beabea – wow! & # 39; I am so happy for you, my dearest big sissy and dear Edo.
& # 39; It has been a long time since you were there. & # 39;
Proud mother Sarah, Duchess of York, now preparing to become a stepmother, said in the meantime: & I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news.
& # 39; Andrew and I are simply the happiest people to ever have two great sons-in-law. & # 39;
The announcement of the engagement of Beatrice and Edoardo was made in a public statement issued by Buckingham Palace
The father of Beatrice, the Duke of York, has two photos taken by Princess Eugenie on his official Instagram page, along with a message from him and Fergie.
& # 39; We are very happy that Beatrice and Edoardo got engaged after seeing their relationship develop with pride.
& # 39; We are the happy parents of a wonderful daughter who has found her love and companion in a fully committed friend and loyal young man.
After the news of Beatrice & # 39; s involvement, Sister Eugenie immediately hurried to share her joy on Instagram
& # 39; We send them all good wishes for a wonderful future for the family. & # 39;
The engagement, which soon after the couple had a romantic vacation to Positano in Italy, is undoubtedly a welcome piece of good news for the Beatrice family after weeks of controversy over the Duke of York and his friendship with the late Jeffrey Epstein.
So while the royal family is preparing for the fourth marriage since last year, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in May, Princess Eugenie in October, then Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, in May this year , what is the history of the latest royal romance?
Despite all his business references, Edo is also impeccably linked to his own aristocratic background.
His father, 67-year-old Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi, traveled to Great Britain at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan.
But the count and Edo & # 39; s mother, Nikki, divorced when their son and his sister Natalia were very young and his father moved to France.
Edo grew up in England and studied at Radley College in Oxfordshire, before studying a master's degree in politics in Edinburgh.
While the count has double British and Italian citizenship, his son is exclusively a British citizen, meaning that he is not eligible for his father's title.
Nikki remarried and (warmly, perhaps for Beatrice) young Edo came very close to his stepfather, the businessman and conservative politician Christopher Shale, a close personal friend of David Cameron.
Edo and the rest of the family were hit particularly hard by the unexpected death of Shale, at the age of 56, in 2011.
He was with family and friends when he collapsed at Glastonbury Festival and died of a sudden heart attack.
An investigation subsequently discovered that he suffered from undiagnosed heart diseases.
After the investigation, where a judgment of natural causes was recorded, Edo spoke movingly about the loss he, his sister and their half-brother, Alby, felt.
& # 39; He was a father to me, the only father I have ever known and a father to all three of us. The best dad we could ever have. & # 39;
At the funeral were both the Duke and the Duchess of York and their daughters, the families were closely linked for years, going back to a time when Sarah Ferguson was employed by Shale as a secretary.
The family ties are so close that Fergie is a meter from Alby, 28.
Hardly surprising than that when Beatrice, whose previous ten-year relationship with American top man Dave Clark ended abruptly in 2016 (she is supposed to have given him an ultimatum about their future) and when she and Edo made contact again at the end of last year, report quickly changed into the spark of new romance.
In 2016, reports began to appear that Beatrice gave former partner Dave an ultimatum to get married and the couple then divorced
Beatrice accompanied by her mother to her sister's wedding, a cautious approach to the young stages of the relationship, & # 39; would come true & # 39; at their families (his mother Nikki is now married to sculptor David Williams-Ellis) at a party thrown by London-based Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.
Last year before Christmas they saw (separately) departing from the private members club of London, Home House.
They made their debut in public – and avoided studying that they were not photographed together – during a glitzy gala in New York shortly thereafter.
Then came the new year, when photos appeared of those who walked hand in hand on a beach on Lamu Island, Kenya, where Edo & # 39; s family own a luxury coastal estate – and allegedly where in 2015 he Dara Huang suggested.
Beatrice, who has the title of vice-president of partnerships and strategy at technology company Afiniti, was reportedly seen on New Year's Eve, dancing in a hotel bar and also chatting with Edo's mother.
Two indications of how close the relationship had come came in May and then in June. First Edo was a guest, with Beatrice, at the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Tom Kingston in St George's Chapel, Windsor – where the queen was also a guest.
Then Edo was a guest at St James & # 39; s Palace, alongside Beatrice, for an event called Pitch @ Palace, an initiative to support entrepreneurs founded by the Duke of York.
Edo is well placed to provide advice to anyone starting out in business and describes himself as a & # 39; British real estate specialist & # 39 ;.
He is also the co-founder of a charity called Cricket Builds Hope, which uses sport as a & # 39; tool for social change & # 39; in Rwanda.
While still in college, he persuaded investors to help him buy Fulham mansions and turn them into flats.
After graduating in 2007, he started his real estate consulting firm Banda, or & # 39; large barn & # 39; in Swahili, and eventually adopted two partners.
And in an interview with the New York Times earlier this month, in which he discussed his latest Notting Hill development, he said: "There is certainly no one else of my age who does such things in London."
He has already created three of his own homes, in West London, but earlier this year he said that he was currently in St James & # 39; s suggesting that he may have moved to the apartment in St James & # 39; s Palace that Bea used to share with her sister.
Beatrice, for her part, would & # 39; awesome & # 39; are with Wolfie, who likes to spend time with his father.
Will there be half brothers / sisters for Wolfie? Who knows, but Edo must make sure that his next home is really suitable for a princess.
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