On March 18, Buckingham Palace announced they were cancelling their wedding reception, which was to be held there after their ceremony. But due to concerns about large gatherings of people and the spread of COVID-19, the lovebirds decided to call that off. While they're still scheduled to get married on May 29, there may only be two guests there to see them tie the knot.
The Church of England has since issued recommendations that any weddings held during the coronavirus pandemic must only have five people present. This is currently the legal minimum of people allowed at any ceremony, and would consist of the couple, the priest marrying them and two witnesses. Hopefully in their case, it may also include Christopher, Edoardo's son. He's due to be his dad's best man at the nuptials.
Eugenie took the colour photographs as my girls are so close.
The black and white photographs were taken by Misan Harriman at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park pic.twitter.com/lkneoPpIYs
— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 26, 2019
This is not an easy decision to make. Princess Eugenie will no doubt want to support her sister, as will Sarah Ferguson, Beatrice's mother. Edoardo's family are still in Italy, and the death toll there from the coronavirus pandemic has since surpassed that of China, so it's not likely they'll attend any UK ceremony.
But perhaps the couple could conduct some kind of virtual ceremony, in which their family members who cannot attend their wedding can watch it and participate from their own homes. Perhaps it could even be streamed online for royals fans, to give us all something to get us through this very difficult time.
Beatrice and Edo are still considering their options for May 29, the Palace said in its March 18 statement. It's possible they could opt to marry that day regardless or that they could further postpone the ceremony for a later date when this is all over.
"In line with government advice for the UK and beyond, the couple are reviewing their arrangements for 29th May. They are particularly conscious of government advice in relation to both the wellbeing of older family members and large gatherings of people. Therefore, the planned reception in the Buckingham Palace Gardens will not take place. The couple will carefully consider government advice before deciding whether a private marriage might take place amongst a small group of family and friends."
The British Royal Family has seen a lot of its plans for this year rearranged due to the COVID-19 crisis. This week, the Queen announced changes to her upcoming engagements, including several cancellations and postponements. She will not attend the Maundy Thursday service at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on April 9, and all the Garden Parties she hosts are cancelled this year. The state visit of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako has also been postponed. Her Majesty and Prince Philip have also been moved to Windsor Castle for the time being, and are likely to stay there after Easter.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla were forced to postpone their tour of Cyprus and Jordan due to the pandemic. The trip, along with a separate visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina by the Duke of Cornwall, was due to take place this week. Charles continues to work from home and is committed to his royal duties, which he's completing remotely with his team.
As of this writing, the World Health Organization says there have been more than 207,000 cases of COVID-19 reported in 166 countries. The illness has caused more than 8,600 deaths.