Yesterday engagement rumours and months of speculation were put to rest as the Duke and Duchess of York proudly announced the engagement of Princess Beatrice to Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
“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,” the Duke and Duchess of York said in a statement.
Her Royal Highness and Mr Mapelli Mozzi became engaged while away in Italy earlier this month.
The wedding will take place next year.
Announcing their engagement on his Instagram, Mr Mapelli Mozzi wrote: "You will never be alone my love, my heart is your home. Hand in hand, today, tomorrow and forever."
Also known as Edo, Princess Beatrice's husband-to-be is a 34-year-old Italian multi-millionare who has a toddler son called Wolfie from a previous relationship.
His father Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi and partner Nikki Williams-Ellis were absolutely delighted by the announcement.
“Our family has known Beatrice for most of her life. Edo and Beatrice are made for each other, and their happiness and love for each other is there for all to see.”
In a rare tweet from Princess Beatrice herself, she wrote : "I'm so excited to announce my engagement to Edo."
Sister Princess Eugenie shared a photoshoot she did with the couple on her Instagram account, captioned: "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.”
And mother Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, tweeted: "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."
Beautiful photos of the happy couple, shared by well-wishers, speak for themselves.
“We are both 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 us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness,” said the statement from Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi