Princess Beatrice breaks royal tradition to bring fiancé to Christmas gathering just like Harry did with Meghan
Invitations to the royal family's private Sandringham celebrations are strictly reserved and partners are expected to wait until they are married into the family
Princess Beatrice looked delighted and festive as she greeted well wishers outside the church on Christmas morning while joining the rest of the Royal Family members for the annual service.
The 31-year-old was seen walking into St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham along with Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, and other relatives though she broke a big royal tradition while she was doing so. Princess Beatrice's younger sister Eugenie was present with her husband Jack Brooksbank.
Princess Beatrice was accompanied by her millionaire property developer fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, despite him not being an official royal yet.
Invitations to the royal family's private Sandringham celebrations are strictly reserved for members of The Firm and partners are expected to wait until they are married into the family. Prince Harry had broken the tradition when he invited his bride-to-be Meghan Markle in 2017. This paved the way for Beatrice to do the same.
Beatrice had been seen sporting a smart tan coat with a green headband, a pair of black boots, and gloves for the Christmas service. The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, had joined in with the royals in 2017 for the Norfolk celebration and though it broke royal protocol, PR advisers were adamant that it was necessary to avoid a PR storm.
The Princess of York, Beatrice, and her 36-year-old fiance are due to be married this year. An official date for the wedding has not been announced yet and the Queen is expected to confirm the date in January. Edoardo's presence at Sandringham shows that the Queen has become more relaxed over the years.
The same privilege was not extended to Prince William's wife, Kate Middleton, who was only seen at the royal Christmas post their wedding in 2011.
Princess Beatrice and Eugenie's father, Prince Andrew missed out on the traditional service given the scandal surrounding him post his disastrous interview with BBC.