Beatrice’s royal wedding likely to be limited to two guests

Princess Beatrice will only be able to have two guests at her wedding if the coronavirus crisis continues.

The Church of England has said the number of people attending church weddings during the outbreak should be limited to the legal minimum of five – the priest, the bride and groom and two witnesses.

The Queen's granddaughter and her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi have already cancelled their reception, which was due to take place in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

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File photo dated 31/08/19 of Princess Beatrice and her fiance Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who are due to marry on May 29 in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, Buckingham Palace. Events in the royal calendar could be affected after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the Government is no longer supporting mass gatherings.
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 19: Princess Beatrice d’York and her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Wedding of Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon and Olympia Von Arco-Zinneberg at Les Invalides on October 19, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Luc Castel/Getty Images)
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the London Premiere of Apple's acclaimed documentary "The Elephant Queen" on October 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Apple)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York attend the Lenny Kravitz & Dom Perignon 'Assemblage' exhibition, the launch Of Lenny Kravitz' UK Photography Exhibition, on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Dom Perignon)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Princess Beatrice of York and her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi speak with guests during a Pitch@Palace event, hosted by Prince Andrew, Duke of York at St James Palace on June 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: (L-R) HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Ruth Ganesh at the Animal Ball Art Show Private Viewing, presented by Elephant Family on May 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Animal Ball)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend The Portrait Gala 2019 hosted by Dr Nicholas Cullinan and Edward Enninful to raise funds for the National Portrait Gallery's 'Inspiring People' project at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attend the Portrait Gala at National Portrait Gallery on March 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arriving at the wedding of Ellie Goulding and Casper Jopling, York Minster. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Beatrice and millionaire property tycoon Edo said on Wednesday that they still plan to wed on May 29, but were looking at whether a private marriage with a small group of family and friends would be feasible.

But the new Church of England rules means they will only be able have two family members or friends if the pandemic continues.

This means Beatrice could have her parents but not her sister Princess Eugenie as well.

Couples are being advised to "stream" their ceremony to absent friends and family.

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Sisters Beatrice and Eugenie are close (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Beatrice, daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, is set to walk down the aisle in the Chapel Royal of St James's Palace in London.

The princess, 31, was overjoyed after becoming engaged on a weekend trip to Italy last September, and the couple said they could not wait to be married.

Her forthcoming nuptials have already been overshadowed by the scandal that has engulfed her father Andrew.

The duke retired from public royal duties in November after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew has strenuously denied claims from Virginia Giuffre that he slept with her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein.

The duke is facing calls to talk to the FBI and US prosecutors, but has previously been accused of having "completely shut the door" on any co-operation.

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Princess Eugenie, left, the Duke of York and Princess Beatrice (Chris Jackson/PA)

As the granddaughter of a monarch, Beatrice would have been expected to wed in front of 800 guests in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, just like her sister Princess Eugenie, whose ceremony was televised and was followed by a carriage ride through the town.

But, amid the controversy over her father, the princess opted for the more intimate, low-key option of the Chapel Royal and was due to invite 150 guests.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Beatrice would have wanted her grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to be with her on her wedding day.

The Queen was to host the private reception in the grounds of her London residence.

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Princess Beatrice and the Queen at Royal Ascot (Steve Parsons/PA)

But the Government has called on all people in the UK, particularly the over-70s, to avoid all non-essential contact and travel as part of unprecedented peacetime measures aimed at controlling the spread of Covid-19.

The Queen, 93, and the 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh are at Windsor Castle, where they are socially distancing themselves.

Mr Mapelli Mozzi has dual British and Italian citizenship.

Italy – the worst-hit European country – is in lockdown.

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