Beatrice scales down wed­ding fes­tiv­i­ties

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LONDON: Princess Beatrice is scal­ing back plans for her forth­com­ing wed­ding – and might even post­pone the nup­tials.

The queen’s grand­daugh­ter and her fi­ance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are con­sid­er­ing whether to hold an in­ti­mate fam­ily cer­e­mony.

Royal of­fi­cials said they will “care­fully con­sider” gov­ern­ment ad­vice on coro­n­avirus pre­cau­tions be­fore de­cid­ing. But they have an­nounced that even if this goes ahead, they are can­celling the re­cep­tion in the gar­dens at Buck­ing­ham Palace on May 29.

Beatrice, daugh­ter of the duke and duchess of York and ninth in line to the throne, is keen to have her el­derly grand­mother present.

But yes­ter­day’s royal state­ment said the cou­ple were “par­tic­u­larly con­scious of the gov­ern­ment’s ad­vice in re­la­tion to both the well­be­ing of older fam­ily mem­bers and large gath­er­ings of peo­ple”.

The cou­ple would hold a small cer­e­mony with a hand­ful of fam­ily mem­bers at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace.

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