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Princess Beatrice announces engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
26 September 2019, 11:19
Princess Beatrice is engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The happy couple, who got engaged during a weekend away in Italy earlier this month, are due to be married next year.
I’m so excited to announce my engagement to Edo pic.twitter.com/MvvwRRk0HT— Princess Beatrice of York (@yorkiebea) September 26, 2019
They said in a joint statement that they were "extremely happy" to share the news and were "so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can't wait to be married."
"We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."
I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law pic.twitter.com/WIhe9eamrF— Sarah Ferguson (@SarahTheDuchess) September 26, 2019
The princess' parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, said they were "thrilled".
They added: "We are the lucky parents of a wonderful daughter who has found her love and companion in a completely devoted friend and loyal young man.
"We send them every good wish for a wonderful family future."
On Instagram, Princess Eugenie congratulated her sister and future brother in law: "Baebea - wow! I'm so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo.
"It's been a long time coming and you two are meant to be."
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Beabea - wow! I'm so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo. It's been a long time coming and you two are meant to be. 📷 by me!! “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to actually be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness”
Meanwhile, Mr Mapelli Mozzi's parents said they were "truly delighted", having known Beatrice "for most of her life".
"They share an incredibly strong and united bond, their marriage will only strengthen what is already a wonderful relationship."
The groom-to-be is said to have designed the diamond engagement ring alongside British jeweller Shaun Leane.
Mr Leane is known for past collaboration with British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.