This Friday, a private celebration, gathering some close friends and members of the British royal family, took place at the St James Palace Chapel in London. Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, baptized her daughter, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, in the greatest secrecy.
A secret baptism after a secret wedding
The wedding of Princess Beatrice of York, 33, with the aristocrat Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, was to be the biggest royal event of the year 2020 in the United Kingdom. After many questions about the organization of the wedding, especially because of the difficulty in finding a suitable venue, it was announced that it would take place in the chapel of St. James Palace.
The coronavirus pandemic has totally changed all the plans. The wedding planned for the end of May 2020 has been postponed, to an unspecified later date. On July 17, Buckingham Palace took all the press by surprise by announcing that Princess Beatrice had just married, surrounded by a handful of people, at the Chapel of All Saints, on the grounds of Royal Lodge in Windsor.
This Friday, April 29, it is also in the same discretion that Princess Beatrice chose to baptize her daughter, Sienna. Sienna Mapelli Mozzi was born on September 18, 2021, a few months after the birth of August Brooksbank, the first child of her younger sister, Princess Eugenie. In 2021, Queen Elizabeth II experienced the birth of four new great-grandchildren: August Brooksbank, Lucas Tindall, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor and Sienna Mapelli Mozzi.
Few details on the baptism of Sienna Mapelli Mozzi in London
It is at the chapel of St James Palace that Sienna was baptized this Friday, announced several British media. Hello Magazine explains that no details are known. It is not known who was present at the ceremony but Prince Andrew, Duke of York was seen on board his Bentley, as he headed to the palace on Friday.
It is unlikely that Queen Elizabeth II was in London. Her Majesty’s travels are becoming increasingly rare and it is surprising that the christening was not celebrated in one of the chapels of the royal estate of Windsor. Until today, the parents have never shared any photos of Sienna. Only a few pictures taken by paparazzi have allowed to have some shots of the baby from afar and of poor quality. Sienna is 11th in the order of succession to the British throne. Edoardo is also the father of a boy born from a first relationship.
Queen Elizabeth II and even her late husband, Prince Philip, were among the handful of guests at Princess Beatrice’s wedding, one of the last family events attended by the Duke of Edinburgh. As the ceremony was held in private, only carefully selected official photos were shared with the public. The Duke of York, father of the groom who fell from grace, does not appear in the photos made public.
In November 2021, it was learned in the same way, in the general surprise, that a joint baptism had been celebrated in the Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge in Windsor. On that day, Princess Eugenie and her cousin, Zara Tindall, chose to baptize their child at the same time. Lucas Tindall and August Brooksbank were baptized in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Beatrice had certainly judged that it was too early to baptize at the same time her daughter, Sienna, who was only two months old.
St. James’ Palace is a building used by the British Royal Family in London. The palace, which was completed in 1536, was commissioned by King Henry VIII of England. Today, it still serves as the official administrative address of the Crown and it is in this palace that Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra live. The palace includes a chapel, which is regularly used to celebrate royal events, such as baptisms and weddings.
Baptisms have been celebrated in this royal chapel. The most recent was the baptism of Prince George, the eldest son of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Other members of the royal family were baptized here, such as Lord Frederik and Lady Gabriella Windsor, the grandchildren of Prince Michael of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.
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