How Sarah Ferguson will make history as mum of bride at Beatrice’s wedding

Sarah Ferguson wowed crowds at Princess Eugenie's wedding last year. Source: Getty.

She had the crowd screaming when she arrived at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last year, marking a triumphant return to the royal circle as she joined the Queen and the rest of the family front and centre in St George’s Chapel. But it will be her other daughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding next year that secures Sarah Ferguson a place in the history books.

Thanks to a little-known new rule, Fergie will be the first mother of the bride in history to be listed in church records at a royal wedding. While previously it would just have been her ex-husband Prince Andrew, her name will now join his on record.

A new law was passed in Britain earlier this year allowing couples to include their mothers’ names on their marriage certificates – when previously it was just the father’s name and occupation written down. That was a custom that had remained unchanged since 1837.

The Duke and Duchess of York’s eldest daughter Beatrice announced her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the end of last month, after the groom-to-be popped the question on a recent holiday to Italy. And mum of the bride Fergie was one of the first to share her excitement.

“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,” she wrote.

“@princesseugenie took the colour photographs as my girls are so close. Beatrice and Edo wanted her to capture this special moment. The black and white photographs were taken by Misan Harriman at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park.”

And a joint statement with her ex-husband was also released via the royal family, stating: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Beatrice to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Her Royal Highness and Mr Mapelli Mozzi became engaged in Italy earlier this month. The wedding will take place in 2020.”

Beatrice and her future husband added: “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 be married.”

Eugenie also congratulated the pair, writing on Instagram: “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. [photo] by me!!”

Beatrice and Edo are said to have been introduced through mutual friends, according to Town & Country magazine. According to the publication, Beatrice’s parents were friends with Mozzi’s late stepfather Christopher Shale, who worked in British politics prior to his death in 2011 at Glastonbury festival.

It is also thought to be the Queen’s granddaughter’s first relationship since splitting from her long-term boyfriend of 10 years, Dave Clark, in 2016. The real estate firm CEO, 34, is also father to a young son named Wolfie from a previous relationship.

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