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Princess Beatrice throws lavish engagement party with A-List guests but no Prince Andrew

Inviting friends to the trendy Chiltern Firehouse bar and restaurant in London, Princess Beatrice and her property entrepreneur fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi celebrated their forthcoming wedding in style. Amongst those in attendance were her mother the Duchess of York, her sister Princess Eugenie as well as long time family friends. Singer Ellie Goulding was also snapped in attendance as well as actor Dexter Fletcher amongst a host of others.

Prince Andrew was not in attendance.

The group of over 30 people enjoyed expensive plates of food and fine bottles of champagne but were allegedly “rude” to the staff.

Those attempting to get a table or access to the bar were turned away for the “private function”.

Princess Beatrice announced the engagement to Mr Mozzi in September and speculation has been rife about the date for the approaching nuptials.

The couple threw their official engagement party

The couple threw their official engagement party (Image: GETTY)

Ellie Goulding was one of the A-listers in attendance

Ellie Goulding was one of the A-listers in attendance (Image: GETTY)

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo are planning to tie the knot in early summer, according to royal insiders.

The next royal wedding is expected to happen at the start of June ahead of The Queen’s favourite racing event, Royal Ascot.

The Queen was reported to be waiting for the general election to be out of the way before announcing the royal wedding date.

An official announcement is expected to be made in January according to royal sources.

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Princess Beatrice is expected to tie the knot in early summer

Princess Beatrice is expected to tie the knot in early summer (Image: GETTY)

An insider told the Mail on Sunday: “Bea and Edo will finally announce their wedding date in the second week of January.”

The couple is expected to have a low-key ceremony in comparison to recent royal nuptials.

Unlike previous royal weddings, Bea and Edo’s big day will receive no taxpayer funding to put towards security costs and will be privately funded instead.

Mr Mapelli Mozzi comes from Italian aristocracy and is the son of former alpine skier Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi.

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Unlike her sister Beatrice won't receive any tax payer funding

Unlike her sister Beatrice won't receive any tax payer funding (Image: GETTY)

The couple is expected to have a relatively low key ceremony

The couple is expected to have a relatively low key ceremony (Image: GETTY)

Native Italian Edoardo may wish to have the ceremony in his homeland.

Royal expert Angella Mollard announced she believes the Princess’ wedding will be held in Italy, claiming this destination may have been chosen as a way to escape the circumstances of her father’s accusations in the UK.

Ms Mollard said: “I think it is going to be very interesting to see generally what happens around Princess Beatrice’s wedding.

“This is because this is overshadowing it but she is a very different creature to Princess Eugenie.

“Eugenie is the second child and is a little bit more outgoing. Beatrice is a very private and quiet person.

“I think we could very well potentially see the wedding in Italy which is where her fiancé’s family are based.

Some believe Beatrice's wedding could happen in Italy

Some believe Beatrice's wedding could happen in Italy (Image: GETTY)

“It is hard to know. Weddings of royal brides traditionally happen in England.

“But under these circumstances an Italian wedding would work out better.

“If it was me I would be opting for that choice.”

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