Duke of York, Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson have announced the engagement of their elder daughter, Princess Beatrice.
The 31-year-old princess is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and she’s engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Andrew and Sarah said in a statement they are “thrilled” with the engagement. “We send them every good wish for a wonderful family future,” they said. Their younger daughter, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank last year.
On its part, Buckingham Palace said the couple became engaged during a weekend in Italy earlier this month, while the wedding will take place in 2020.
The couple was spotted earlier by cameras, enjoying a romantic weekend at the cliffside village of Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, Italy.
Edoardo, 36, is the son of British alpine skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and Nikki Shale. The Count, now aged 67, represented Great Britain in three events at the 1972 Winter Olympics.
Beatrice known the family for years, as her mother Sara Fergie is godmother to Alby, Mopelli Mozzi’s half-brother.
Edoardo is believed to have some aristocratic roots of his own. Members of the Italian nobility are amongst his ancestors.
Last October, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank had wed before a crowd of celebrities and royal family members.
The princess had major surgery to treat a curvature of the spinal cord at the age of 12. She fancied a wedding dress that shows her surgery scar, saying that it would honor those who had supported her and inspire others with similar condition.