Princess Beatrice’s wedding reception cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

The wedding reception for Princess Beatrice of York and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has been cancelled amid concerns over the new coronavirus pandemic, the BBC has confirmed.

The couple may still hold a small ceremony in May, according to a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace, but they will consider “government advice” before making any decisions.

Queen Elizabeth II planned to host the reception in the gardens at Buckingham Palace. However, all garden parties have been cancelled indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Beatrice and Mozzi wish to avoid “unnecessary risks,” the spokesperson said.

They’re “particularly conscious” of “the well-being of older family members and large gatherings of people.”

Princess Beatrice, 31, was originally scheduled to marry the Italian property developer on May 29 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’ Palace.

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