Princess Beatrice will inherit a brand new title on her wedding day

We all love a royal wedding and we haven’t got long to wait for the next one either. On 29 May, Princess Beatrice’s will wed her Italian fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at The Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. In fact this will probably be the only royal wedding to happen this year, so we’re bringing out the fanfare.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
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As is the Queen, it seems, as she is granting her granddaughter permission to host her wedding reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, which will certainly make for some iconic wedding photographs. However, one thing the Queen won’t be gifting Beatrice with is a new title.

Princess Beatrice and the Queen
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According to old (and rather outdated) royal traditions, only male descendants of the monarch are given a royal Dukedom on their wedding day – the highest-ranking hereditary title. So, despite her cousins William and Harry and their wives receiving shiny new royal titles – William and Kate of course became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge while Harry and Meghan became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Beatrice and her soon-to-be husband won’t receive any such titles.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie
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Beatrice’s sister Princess Eugenie also had the same treatment and stayed a princess after marrying her husband Jack Brooksbank in 2018. Despite their father, Prince Andrew, becoming the Duke of York after marrying Sarah Ferguson, there are no rules in place for daughters or granddaughters of the Queen to become duchesses, meaning both will stay princesses after marriage.

Princess Beatrice and Prince Andrew
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Despite this, Beatrice will be inheriting a new title from marrying into her Italian aristocratic fiancé’s family. Edoardo belongs to the Italian royal House of Savoy, meaning Beatrice will become a countess on her wedding day, and any children will be counts or nobile donna.

It isn’t uncommon for the royal family to update the rulebook – in 2013 the Succession to the Crown Act was passed, which discarded the rule that male heirs could bump a female out of her place in the line of succession to the throne, meaning Princess Charlotte kept her position as fourth in line above her younger brother, Prince Louis.

With that in mind, we wonder if the royal family will address the matter of title-gifting on wedding days next?