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Westminster Abbey is the bookies favourite for Princess Beatrice’s wedding venue –

Westminster Abbey is the bookies favourite for Princess Beatrice’s wedding venue – but she could follow in Eugenie’s footsteps by tying the knot at St George’s Chapel.

Princess Beatrice, 31, announced her engagement to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 34, this morning after just 11 months of dating.

However, while many assumed the favourite venue for her to wed in would be St George’s Chapel in Windsor, bookies have said that the odds are greater that she will wed in Westminster Abbey – where her mother, the Duchess of York, married.  

Odds for her to marry at Westminster Abbey have been set at 2/1, while St George’s Chapel in Windsor, famous also for also being the venue for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, is third at odds of 5/1. 

Other possible venues include St Paul’s, which have odds at 3/1 and St James’s Place with odds of 10/1. Last week also saw Ladbrokes suspend betting on a 2020 wedding for Beatrice and her now fiance.

Westminster Abbey, where Beatrice’s mother, the Duchess of York and Prince William and Kate Middleton married has the highest odds for her wedding venue next year

St George's Chapel (pictured) is the second least likely venue for Beatrice to get married, despite her sister Eugenie getting married their last October

St George’s Chapel (pictured) is the second least likely venue for Beatrice to get married, despite her sister Eugenie getting married their last October

Buckingham Palace announced Beatrice's engagement to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this morning after just 11 months of dating

Buckingham Palace announced Beatrice’s engagement to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this morning after just 11 months of dating

Beatrice started dating the Italian property developer, 34, who is a father-of-one, in October last year and today showed off her engagement ring as they posed for smiling engagement photos. 

If Beatrice does marry at Westminster Abbey it could echo her mothers wedding. The Duchess of York married Prince Andrew at the venue in 1986, four months after announcing their engagement. Around 10,000 people then followed the couple to watch them have their first kiss on the balcony of the palace.

As well as following in her mothers footsteps, if she married at the grand venue, she would also be using the same Abbey as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who married there in April 2011.

The event, which was televised, was watched around the world, as Kate Middleton married Prince William wearing a dress by designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the fashion house Alexander McQueen.

Sarah Ferguson, Beatrice’s mother, said earlier that she shed ‘tears of joy’ at the ‘sensational news’ of her eldest daughter’s engagement and wrote on Instagram: ‘I know what 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 son-in-laws.’

St James's Palace (pictured) is where many of the royal christening's have taken place but only has odds of 10/1 for her wedding venue.

St James’s Palace (pictured) is where many of the royal christening’s have taken place but only has odds of 10/1 for her wedding venue.

The 1400 old Cathedral, St Paul's, is based in central London and used for formal events that the royals have attended in the past

The 1400 old Cathedral, St Paul’s, is based in central London and used for formal events that the royals have attended in the past

Fergie shared a string of engagement photos, revealing that her younger daughter Eugenie had a hand in sharing the happy news by taking the colour photographs of her sister and her groom-to-be herself. 

St George’s Chapel is the third most likely venue for Beatrice to get married, despite her sister Eugenie getting married their last October.

Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at the chapel last year in Windsor, after becoming engaged in the January. She wore an ivory open-back dress with full length train designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, for the wedding.

Princess Beatrice’s sister Eugenie posted her congratulations on Instagram and shared a photograph taken by herself of the happy couple, adding: ‘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.’ 

The Duchess of York married Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey, in 1986, four months after announcing their engagement. Around 10,000 people then followed the couple to watch them have their first kiss on the balcony of the palace.

The Duchess of York married Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey, in 1986, four months after announcing their engagement. Around 10,000 people then followed the couple to watch them have their first kiss on the balcony of the palace.

St George's is also famous for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who married there in May 2018, with an estimated 1.8 million people around the world tuning into watch the nuptials

St George’s is also famous for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who married there in May 2018, with an estimated 1.8 million people around the world tuning into watch the nuptials

St George's Chapel is the third most likely venue for Beatrice to get married, despite her sister Eugenie getting married their last October. Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at the chapel last year in Windsor

St George’s Chapel is the third most likely venue for Beatrice to get married, despite her sister Eugenie getting married their last October. Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank at the chapel last year in Windsor

St George’s is also famous for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who married there in May 2018, with an estimated 1.8 million people around the world tuning into watch the nuptials. 

The other venue which has better odds than St George’s Chapel is St Paul’s Cathedral, which has odds at 3/1. The 1400 old Cathedral, based in central London is used for formal events that the royals have attended in the past.

While St James’s Palace, where many of the royal Christening’s have taken place, has odds of 10/1.

Last week also saw Ladbrokes suspend betting on a 2020 wedding for Beatrice and her now fiance. Many think that she will marry in the Spring of next year with the odds at  5/6, while summer is odds of 6/4. 

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: ‘An engagement announcement seemed inevitable as far as we were concerned, and now attention turns to potential dates and locations, with a spring Westminster wedding seemingly the most likely scenario.’ 

As well as following her mother if she got married at the grand venue, she would also be using the same venue as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - who married there in April 2011.

As well as following her mother if she got married at the grand venue, she would also be using the same venue as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who married there in April 2011.

Princess Beatrice's sister Eugenie (right) posted her congratulations on Instagram and shared a photograph taken by herself of the happy couple, adding: '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.'

Princess Beatrice’s sister Eugenie (right) posted her congratulations on Instagram and shared a photograph taken by herself of the happy couple, adding: ‘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.’

As Beatrice’s husband-to-be is Italian the couple could also settle on a destination wedding – getting married in his home country, similar to the proposal, which happened in the Amalfi Coast. 

Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi said in a statement earlier today about their engagement: ‘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.’

The engagement pictures, taken by sister Princess Eugenie, sees Beatrice wearing a green £595 Zimmerman floral dress and showing off her 3.5 carat engagement ring and a £2,730 Cartier love bracelet

The engagement pictures, taken by sister Princess Eugenie, sees Beatrice wearing a green £595 Zimmerman floral dress and showing off her 3.5 carat engagement ring and a £2,730 Cartier love bracelet 

Buckingham Palace announced the royals engagement to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this morning after just 11 months of dating

Buckingham Palace announced the royals engagement to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi this morning after just 11 months of dating

The engagement pictures, taken by sister Princess Eugenie, sees Beatrice wearing a green £595 Zimmerman floral dress and showing off her 3.5 carat engagement ring and a £2,730 Cartier love bracelet.

A close-up of the ring designed by Eduardo and jewellery designer Shaun Leane shows a round cut diamond ring which is flanked by double baguettes on the band.

The pair got engaged during a romantic trip to Italy this month, which saw them staying in the exclusive cliffside village of Positano, on the Amalfi Coast.

A close-up of the ring designed by Edoardo with Shaun Leane shows a round cut diamond ring is flanked by double baguettes on the band. The 3.5 carat engagement ring is estimated to have cost £100,000

A close-up of the ring designed by Edoardo with Shaun Leane shows a round cut diamond ring is flanked by double baguettes on the band. The 3.5 carat engagement ring is estimated to have cost £100,000

Pictured: Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arriving at the Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling wedding at York Minster

Pictured: Princess Beatrice and her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi arriving at the Ellie Goulding and Caspar Jopling wedding at York Minster

Mozzi is Beatrice's first public boyfriend since she split from Uber executive Dave Clark in 2016 after 10 years together. The pair are seen pulling funny faces

Mozzi is Beatrice’s first public boyfriend since she split from Uber executive Dave Clark in 2016 after 10 years together. The pair are seen pulling funny faces

The couple were joined by friends who had chartered their own private boat to the beach, which is only accessible by sea.    

Further black and white pictures taken by Misan Harriman at Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park show the pair cosying up to each other and giggling, and pulling playful faces.

Posting the pictures to his Instagram account, Edoardo added the touching tribute: ‘You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, today, tomorrow and forever.’

Their engagement means that Beatrice will be the first among the young generation of royals to take on a stepchild, as Edoardo was previously engaged for three-and-a-half years to the mother of his child, Dara Huang, whom he split from last year. 

Who designed Princess Beatrice’s engagement ring? 

Princess Beatrice’s bespoke platinum and diamond engagement ring by British jeweller Shaun Leane is worth up to £100k, according to an expert.

The royal, 31, who is engaged to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 34, showed off the stunning ring which is ‘filled with personal and sentimental signifiers’ in the official photographs taken by sister Princess Eugenie.

It is a fusion of Victorian and Art Deco designs and is accompanied by two additional matching bands, in distinctive Shaun Leane style.

‘Princess Beatrice’s is a beautiful engagement ring with a round brilliant cut diamond flanked by 4 baguette-cut diamonds,’ said London Jeweller, Susannah Lovis.

‘It is breath-taking particularly because all you can see is diamonds and the platinum band is hidden. It appears to be around 3.5 carats and would probably have cost in the region of £100,000.’

The ring is a fusion of Victorian and Art Deco designs and is accompanied by two additional matching bands in the distinctive Shaun Leane design hand.

Shaun Leane says of the design: 'I am so honoured Edoardo chose to work with me to design the engagement ring for Princess Beatrice and to have been involved in this special moment in their lives.'

The ring is a fusion of Victorian and Art Deco designs and is accompanied by two additional matching bands in the distinctive Shaun Leane design hand. Shaun Leane says of the design: ‘I am so honoured Edoardo chose to work with me to design the engagement ring for Princess Beatrice and to have been involved in this special moment in their lives.’ He added: ‘The bespoke experience was a beautiful journey from imagining the design with Edoardo to the crafting of the rings.’

The ring was crafted in hand in the Shaun Leane Mayfair atelier and is set with excellent cut diamonds of the highest colour and clarity, of which all are GIA certified and ethically sourced.

The bespoke experience began with a detailed and personal consultation with the groom. Consequently, the design is filled with personal and sentimental signifiers for the couple and unique to them.

Shaun Leane says of the design: ‘I am so honoured Edoardo chose to work with me to design the engagement ring for Princess Beatrice and to have been involved in this special moment in their lives.’

He added: ‘The bespoke experience was a beautiful journey from imagining the design with Edoardo to the crafting of the rings.’

‘Being able to incorporate both Edoardo and Princess Beatrice’s characters into the design has resulted in a unique ring that represents their love and lives entwining.’

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