Inside first royal wedding since lockdown began as fans await news on Princess Beatrice nuptials

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Royal fans were looking forward to the wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi but as the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to any celebrations, their nuptials were cancelled.

But as we await news on a rescheduled date, the first royal wedding of 2020 has already happened in the UK and the simple ceremony looked stunning.

Princess Raiyah bint Hussein of Jordan wed Roald Dahl’s grandson Ned Donovan in a gorgeous countryside setting in a mystery London location.

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Taking to her Twitter page to share the wonderful news on 7 July, Princess Raiyah posted two pictures of herself in a stunning wedding gown as she and her new husband signed documents to make it official.

"Thank you all for your kind messages on our wedding! While it was originally planned for April in Jordan, the pandemic derailed those plans and it was safer for my husband’s family to hold it in the UK.

"God willing we look forward to celebrating in Jordan once the situation allows," the message finished.

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Princess Raiyah joined Princess Beatrice in having to cancel their weddings following government restrictions during lockdown, but it she was finally able to say 'I Do' in what appeared to be a much smaller ceremony that intended.

The blushing bride looked incredible in her long-sleeved gown which was delicately embroidered with a floral pattern and a long flowing veil which formed a train.

As always with royalty, the 34 year old Princess, who is the youngest daughter of Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan, donned a exquisite jewelled headpiece with a bright blue jewel at its centre.

The Princess and her husband Ned were seen lifting a glass in a toast after signing their marriage certificate to make things official.

In perfect contrast to Raiyah's ornate gown, Ned opted for a traditional dark blue morning suit and a bright blue waistcoat.

Princess Raiyah describes herself on her Twitter bio as an ‘Academic, writer, public servant’ and has completed a master’s degree in Japanese studies from Edinburgh University, as well as a master’s in Japanese literature from Columbia University.

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She pipped Princess Beatrice to the post of getting married this year following their wedding cancellations, with the British royal opting to review her initial arrangements following COVID-19.

The couple via the palace announced their plans to postpone their ceremony, which was set to be held at St James' Palace before heading to Buckingham Palace garden for a royal reception.


An official statement from April read: "There are no plans to switch venues or hold a bigger wedding. They aren’t even thinking about their wedding at this time. There will come a time to rearrange, but that’s not yet."

And it's believed the couple are yet to send out invited for a rearranged date, so royal fans are waiting in anticipation to see if there will be another royal wedding before 2020 ends, especially as coronavirus still proving to be a huge risk.

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