Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, known as Edo, have yet to announce their engagement, but speculation about the pair has been rife since they were pictured together at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May. Betting company Ladbrokes has pulled the plug on betting regarding the second eldest granddaughter of the Queen getting married in 2020. While royal life comes with a number of benefits, there are a number of rules, traditions and conventions that the Royal Family are required to adhere to. But what are the main royal wedding traditions royal fans should expect to see at Beatrice’s wedding?
Beatrice and her multimillionaire boyfriend Edo have reportedly been together since mid-September last year.
The couple made their first appearance together at the National Portrait Gallery’s 2019 Gala in March and since then have taken their relationship to the next level: attending family holidays together, making several joint appearances together at royal events and even moving in together.
Bea and Edo have been together for less than a year, but according to royal expert Ingrid Seward, they may be planning to follow in the footsteps of the whirlwind romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and marry as early as next spring or summer.
Her sister and royal cousins typically announced their engagements between five and 10 months before the big day, so if Bea and Edo are planning to get married next spring, it is likely the couple will announce their engagement soon.
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But what royal rules will Princess Beatrice have to follow for her wedding day?
Royal weddings have changed immensely over the years, with the advent of television, making them a popularised event that people around the world watch.
But while some things are different, there are some key traditions that have been maintained throughout monarchial history.
Princess Beatrice engaged: The couple at Lady Gabriella’s wedding in May
Wedding rings of Welsh Gold
The wedding rings of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Diana, Princess of Wales were all made from the same nugget of Welsh gold, which came from a Welsh mine, Clogau St David’s at Bontddu.
In November 1981, the Royal British Legion presented the Queen with a 36-gramme piece of 21 carat Welsh gold, which is held by the Crown Jewellers to be used for the Royal Wedding rings of today.
Therefore, it is likely that Princess Beatrice will continue this tradition and use a Welsh gold ring herself.
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A Sprig of Myrtle
Several royal brides have opted to carry a sprig of Myrtle in their bouquets.
This tradition, maintained by the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie.
The use of myrtle is a tradition dating back to Queen Victoria, who was given a posy containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother on a visit to Germany.
Myrtle represents love, fertility and innocence.
A myrtle sprig from that posy was planted at Osborne House, the family retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and it remains there to this day.
The sprigs come from the Osborne House myrtle and it seems likely that this custom will be continued by Bea.
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Princess Beatrice engaged: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo are believed to have started dating in mid-September last year
Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
Almost 100 years ago, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Queen’s mother, established a long-held Royal Wedding tradition whereby royal brides stop to lay her flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
The gesture was in remembrance of her own brother, Fergus, who died at the Battle of Loos in 1915, as well as a tribute to the millions of other soldiers killed during the First World War.
Lady Elizabeth laid her flowers on the tomb as soon as she entered the abbey, but she was the only Royal bride to do this, choosing to walk down the aisle without her bouquet.
Nowadays, most royal brides lay their flowers on the tomb as they leave the church instead of when they enter.
The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is located at Westminster Abbey, so for royal brides like Kate Middleton who are married there, they have chosen to lay the flowers on the grave that day.
However, for Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle who were married at St George’s Chapel the bridges continue the tradition by laying their bouquets of the tomb a day or two following their weddings.
Princess Beatrice engaged: Meghan Markle’s bridal bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
Royal weddings have long been recorded using official photographs, often taken between the ceremony and wedding reception.
King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra’s wedding was the first Royal Wedding since the introduction of photography as a reliable recording medium and numerous photographs were taken of the bride and groom.
At that time, monochrome images were often hand coloured to give the appearance of a painting.
Now official photographs of the wedding party are shared with the world on the day of the wedding.
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The wedding dress
While many brides would consider their wedding dress to be the biggest clothing decision they ever make, royal brides are required to obey a few rules when choosing their dress.
The bride must wear white on her wedding day, as it was traditionally seen as a symbol of purity.
The Queen is said to give the final sign off on approving royal brides’ dresses and is believed to only approve of white dresses.
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Royal brides traditionally wear a tiara to their weddings.
It has been tradition for numerous years that only a married woman, or a bride can wear a tiara.
The rule has been stretched to women on their wedding day such as with Kate, Meghan and Princess Eugenie who wore dazzling tiaras on their wedding days.
The first appearance
At all royal weddings the couple is required to make an appearance after the wedding.
Usually the couple waves to the crowd, kiss and descend steps together as husband and wife before they head off to take their official photographs.
Princess Beatrice engaged: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge making their first appearance after their royal wedding
A piece of the wedding cake, which conventionally has been a fruitcake, is mailed out as a ‘thank you’ to guests after the wedding.
However, Eugenie broke this flavour custom with her wedding last year, instead choosing red velvet cake.
On top of the cake, royal menus typically do not include shellfish or garlic.
The dismissal of shellfish began because of food poisoning concerns and is a tradition kept to this day.
Garlic is also banned, according to former Buckingham Palace chef John Higgins, who told the National Post in 2016: “The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic.
“I suppose, in case you get the royal burp.”