As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Princess Beatrice has canceled her May wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The decision was made after government officials and health organizations around the world advised against mass gatherings.
"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," read a statement from Buckingham Palace. "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, who announced their engagement back in September and shared the details of their date and venue last month, has yet to confirm whether or not they will be postponing the reception to a later date. However, the statement did mention they may still be considering a smaller ceremony: "The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends."
This isn't the only precaution the Royal Family is taking as a result of coronavirus. Buckingham Palace released a statement on March 17 sharing adjustments to the Queen's schedule:
The current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by The World Health Organization. As the situation remains fluid, we’ll be sharing tips and stories from industry experts and couples who are experiencing cancellations to give you the most up to date advice on how this can impact your wedding.