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Princess Beatrice has had a very special 2019 - announcing her engagement to her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in September of this year, after around a year and a half of dating.
The couple are rumoured to have begun dating in 2018, with Edo (as he is nicknamed by the royals), having been well acquainted with the family for many years now.
In fact, it’s claimed that Beatrice’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, were close friends with Edoardo’s step-father, Christopher Shale, who sadly died in 2011 after a heart attack at Glastonbury Festival.
Edoardo proposed during a holiday to Italy’s Amalfi coast, with the couples engagement photos taken by Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie during that same holiday.
Sharing the lovely news through the Royal Family social media channels, Beatrice and Edo said, “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married.”
The Princess and Edoardo – who is the CEO of a real estate firm – plan to marry in 2020. But where have the couple currently based themselves – and where might they live before and after their wedding day?
Where does Princess Beatrice live? And does Princess Beatrice boyfriend live with her?
It has long been reported by various royal correspondents that Beatrice has, in recent years, been splitting her time between London and New York, where she is said to work as Vice President of Partnerships & Strategy at software company Afiniti. In fact, in the FAQ section of the Duke of York’s website, it states that Beatrice “works full time in business.”
It is alleged that, when in London, Princess Beatrice lives in St. James’s Palace – one of a number of royal residences in the capital.
And while it hasn’t yet been confirmed whether she and Edoardo now live in the apartment together, it’s likely that the couple spend a lot of time at Beatrice’s central London residence.
The couple have already been seen in the lavish palace together, at an official engagement alongside her father the Duke of York.
They attended a Pitch@Palace event in one of the lavishly decorated rooms of the royal abode, in support of Beatrice’s dad – in fact, it was one of the couple’s first official outings together.
Of course, it’s unlikely that Beatrice’s private apartment at the palace is decorated quite as decadently as this room! But the pictures provide a great insight into the environment the Princess is able to enjoy when she returns home from a busy day.
Beatrice used to share her home with her sister, Princess Eugenie – before the younger York sibling became engaged to her now-husband Jack Brooksbank.
But before the couple’s October 2018 wedding, Eugenie reportedly moved out of St James’s Palace, and in to the three-bedroom home Ivy Cottage, within the grounds of Kensington Palace, with her husband Jack.
The move meant that Jack and Eugenie were right next door to their cousins Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan in Nottingham Cottage – but now, of course, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have moved out of the city, and in to their country home, Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor.
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married, Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple would be moving to Frogmore.
So there’s every chance that, following Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the palace will confirm where their marital home will be.
There are a number of royal residences across the country that could be made available for Beatrice and Edoardo, if they choose not to stay at St James’s. Apartment 1 at Kensington Palace is now available, for example, after the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester moved into another property on the estate. Or, there are rumoured to be other numerous residences within Windsor Great Park, where the soon-to-be married couple could call home.
Where is Princess Beatrice’s family home?
Princess Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, and her mother, the Duchess of York, both live in Royal Lodge, an official royal residence set within the Queen’s Windsor Great Park.
It has been the York family home since 2004, and it’s thought that Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie both spend a lot of time there when they are not in London.
So could Beatrice and Edoardo possibly decide on a move to the greener pastures of Berkshire when they marry? With roughly 30 rooms at Royal Lodge, there would certainly be enough space for the newlyweds!
Princess Beatrice’s wedding: what details do we know already?
Not much has yet been announced about Beatrice and her fiancé’s wedding, but the Princess’s mum Sarah Ferguson has hinted that the wedding will take place in England, following rumoured that the couple were keen to head to Edo’s native Italy to tie the knot.
When asked by the Press Association whether the rumours were true, Fergie simply responded, “It can only be in Britain.”
In the official palace engagement announcement, it was explained that “further details will be announced in due course”.
However, it has been claimed that Beatrice’s wedding could differ quite significantly from her younger sister Eugenie’s wedding. Recently, a friend of the Princess’s recently told People magazine that Beatrice may opt for a quieter wedding than Eugenie’s.
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They said, “She has talked about having a smaller affair in the past. She [Beatrice] is more formal and quiet in her personalty, so I think it will be a very different wedding to Eugenie’s.”
Of course, the two most recent royal weddings – Prince Harry and Meghan’s, and Eugenie and Jack’s – took place at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. So could Beatrice and Edoardo follow suit?
Only time will tell…!