Everything We Know About Princess Beatrice's Low Key Engagement Party
The star-studded guest list had one notable exception.
Far from the glitzy world of the Duchess of Cambridge's Buckingham Palace photoshoot or the Duchess of Sussex's approximately eight million separate baby showers, Princess Beatrice's recent engagement party was comparatively little more than a couple of friends at a pub.
If that pub was a high-end restaurant. And if those friends were A-listers and royalty.
Princess Beatrice's wedding celebrations were always going to be a series of relatively understated affairs. Made all the more so by the Prince Andrew saga that continues to unfold in front of the public.
It was widely speculated that the engagement party would be canned in the wake of the backlash, however a small dinner party did take place in London on Wednesday night.
Princess Beatrice and her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their official engagement party with just over 30 guests at Chiltern Firehouse bar and restaurant.
Here is everything we know about the understated royal affair:
Who is Princess Beatrice's future husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi?
Mapelli Mozzi is a multi-millionaire British property tycoon who became engaged to the Princess in September of this year. The couple made their first public appearance together in March, but they are believed to have been acquaintances for a number of years before becoming an item.
Who was in attendance?
The eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York has grown up rubbing shoulders with Britain's elite, so it's little surprise she managed to pack her small guest list with big names.
Robert De Niro, James Blunt, and Ellie Golding were all in attendance. While Prince William and Kate Middleton were nowhere in sight, Kate's siblings Pippa and James were both papped entering the party. As was Beatrice's mother Sarah Ferguson.
However the Princess herself, and her sister Eugenie and brother-in-law Jack Brooksbank managed to slip in and out of the venue completely escaping the cameras.
Notable absences included, unsurprisingly, Princess Beatrice's disgraced father Prince Andrew, who has stepped down from public life and royal duties following the widespread controversy surrounding his close ties with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The event was short on royals, with Beatrice's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II not in attendance. Nor were the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The dinner took place at Chiltern Firehouse, a fashionable venue inside a renovated fire station popular among London's chicest social circles.
What do we know about the wedding?
There is no official date just yet, but reports have indicted the wedding will take place in June 2020. Royal sources expect the official announcement will be made in January, as they say the Queen has requested the couple leave some time for election news to settle.
Reports swirled early this week that despite public scrutiny, Prince Andrew will be accompanying his daughter down the aisle.
Unlike other royal weddings, including Princess Eugenie's wedding that took place in late 2018, the cost of Beatrice and Edoardo's nuptials will not be covered by the taxpayer.
The 'BBC' reported that Meghan and Harry's wedding cost the taxpayer "between £2m and £4m" -- that's potentially up to $7.5 million Australian.
The Princess and her multi-millionaire husband are expected to cover the costs themselves. At this stage, the venue has not been announced. But it's believed to be considerably less elaborate than any other royal wedding we have seen in recent years.
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