ROYAL WEDDING: Buckingham Palace announces changes to Princess Beatrice's nuptials

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Thursday, 19 March 2020, 8:51AM

Princess Beatrice's wedding is just around the corner, but the bride-to-be has decided to cancel her wedding reception at Buckingham Palace because of the Coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed the 31-year-old, who's ninth in line to the throne, will still walk down the aisle on Friday 29 May to exchange vows with property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

However, following the couple's wedding ceremony - which is set to take place at the Chapel Royal, situated within the grounds of St James's Palace - the private reception in the nearby gardens of Buckingham Palace will no longer take place.

An official statement from the Palace said: "They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people.

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"Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place.

"The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends."

The chapel, which was built in 1540, also served as the wedding venue for Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather, King George V, as well as the christening site for Prince George and Prince Louis.

Beatrice and Edoardo had been together for 11 months at the time they announced their engagement in September last year. Father-of-one Edoardo proposed with a ring estimated to have cost £100,000, while the pair were holidaying in Italy.