Why Princess Beatrice didn’t need the Queen’s permission to get engaged

As we all know, the royal family have to abide by a strict set of rules – one of which states that those closest to the throne must ask the Queen for permission when getting married.

However, this tradition doesn’t apply to all of the monarch’s grandchildren – as evidenced by the recent engagement of Princess Beatrice.

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While both Prince William and Prince Harry were required to ask for their grandmother’s blessing before proposing to their wives, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, cousin Beatrice wouldn’t have had to follow such a process.

Last week the royal, who is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, announced her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. But nor she or he had to consult the Queen first. Why? Because of Beatrice’s position in line to the throne.

According to The Succession of The Crown Act, only the first six heirs in line for the throne must ask the Queen for permission before getting engaged to be married.

Since Beatrice is now ninth in line for the throne (thanks to the birth of the Cambridge children and baby Archie Harrison), she is free to go ahead with a marriage without asking the monarch’s permission.

The couple’s exciting news was revealed on Instagram by Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie, after a statement by Buckingham Palace confirmed: ‘The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York to Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

‘Her Royal Highness and Mr. Mapelli Mozzi became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier this month. The wedding will take place in 2020. Further details will be announced in due course.’

Similarly, Beatrice’s parents released a statement congratulating their daughter: ‘We are thrilled that Beatrice and Edoardo have got engaged, having watched their relationship develop with pride,’ they wrote.

‘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.’