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Princess Beatrice stopped from marking royal milestone with husband Edo amid pandemic

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Princess Beatrice, 32, tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, in July. The royal wedding was a low key affair attended by just 30 guests including Beatrice’s grandparents Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99. The Queen traditionally hosts a pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace for family members and their other halves, however, the event is likely to be off this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year Beatrice arrived at the lunch alone in keeping with royal tradition.

While Beatrice and Edo announced their engagement in September 2019, non-married partners are not usually invited to the royal lunch.

But it looks like Edo may miss out again this year with the event due to be called off as group gathering indoors are currently banned.

The Buckingham Palace get together is also highly unlikely following the Queen’s change of administrative base.

During the pandemic, the Queen’s office was moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle where it was deemed she would be at less risk from the virus.

While the Queen travelled into London at the weekend to lead the nation in marking Remembrance Day, it seems highly unlikely she will travel in to host a lunch in late December.

England has been under lockdown since last Thursday and restrictions won’t be lifted before December 2.

Following the four-week lockdown, it is understood that different regions of the country will enter different tiers depending on their reinfection rates.

At this point is not know what restrictions could remain in the capital from December 2.

Last year the Queen held her annual Christmas lunch on December 19.

While the capital will have left lockdown it seems highly plausible that social-distancing measures including the rule of six may still apply.

This would mean that if the Queen did want to have a pre-Christmas gathering then she would only be able to host five other people.

How will the Queen spend Christmas?

The Queen’s pre-Christmas lunch is not the only royal event in jeopardy this year.

Her Christmas Day plans are likely to have to be dramatically altered too.

Usually extended Royal Family members descend on Sandringham House every Christmas Eve where they are hosted by the Queen and Philip until Boxing Day.

This year, however, there is a chance the Queen and Philip could have to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle where they have a strict bubble of staff members already in place.

Where will Princess Beatrice spend Christmas?

Last year Beatrice and Edoardo joined the Queen and Philip and Sandringham on Christmas Day.

However, this year it seems more likely they will spend the holiday with Bea’s parents Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

The Duke and Fergie live at the Royal Lodge in Great Windsor Park and will likely welcome their daughters Princess Eugenie and Beatrice for Christmas.

Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank are expecting their first child who is due in early 2020.

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