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Inside Princess Beatrice’s all-star ‘£50,000’ engagement party at the Chiltern Firehouse, where guests parties till 5am

PRINCESS Beatrice celebrated her engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi with a £50,000 party at the Chiltern Firehouse according to insiders.

The Princess of York, who is expected to wed her property developer fiancé in June, chose the exclusive Mayfair restaurant and hotel as the site for her celebrations on December 18.

The guest list of 150 included the likes of James Blunt, Pippa Middleton, Ellie Goulding and Robbie William’s wife Ayda.

According to the Mail on Sunday a small group of 20 guests joined Beatrice, 31, for a sit down meal beforehand at £100 a head.

While it was unclear what was on the menu, garlic was certainly not as Beatrice “can’t stand the smell.”

The private dining menu highlights include a Special Reserve Caviar costing £650 per 125g and a Seafood Tower at £85.

Following dinner the remaining guests joined for an after party where they were treated to a free bar until midnight.

The Mail reports that Beatrice stayed in a £600 suite at the Firehouse and partied late in to the night with the total cost of the evening estimated to be as much as £50,000.

While her sister Eugenie, joined by her husband Jack Brooksbank who partied till 5am, and mum Sarah Ferguson were in attendance there was one noticeable absentee – Prince Andrew.

The Sun exclusively revealed The Duke of York planned to stay away from his daughter's bash in “fear of embarrassment or abuse” from celebrity attendees.

A source close to Andrew revealed: “This is a devastating blow for the Duke and a sign of just how bad things have got.

“The plan was always for him to attend Beatrice’s engagement party alongside Fergie. But things have just turned far more toxic.

“He agreed that he didn’t want to overshadow the event, especially seeing lots of celebrities and high profile people will be there and it could have put them in a difficult position.

“People close to him where also in fear of embarrassment or abuse which would have just been mortifying.”

In other royal news, we told you how Kate Middleton was spotted browsing kids' tights during a last minute Christmas shopping trip.

Plus Kate's mum Carole Middleton showed off her fun side in a light saber battle as she shared a festive Instagram video.

And a former royal chef has revealed exactly what it is like to work in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace, and the type of foods the Queen wishes to avoid.

Sarah Ferguson talks about Beatrice's wedding as she attends the BFI LFF preview gala

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