Sarah Ferguson’s decades-long stint as part of the royal family has been a memorable one, to say the least.
Following an upcoming process change in the Church of England—which the Queen is the head of—mothers’ names and occupations will be listed on a couple’s marriage certificate.
Getting with the times
This alteration means Fergie will be the first royal mother in history to be recognised on documents at their child’s wedding, thanks to a move by the church to modernise their practices.
Currently, female parents are completely left out of wedding documentation in England and Wales and only fathers’ names and occupations are acknowledged.
But a shakeup in its processes—following the evolution of civil partnerships—will see mothers have the same role as their male counterparts when it comes to official documentation.
For Fergie, as with many mothers, the move is significant due to the always active role she’s played in both her daughters’ lives.
Eldest Beatrice announced her engagement to Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi last week, 11 months after she began a relationship with the aristocratic property developer.
Edo, as he’s known to pals, popped the question during a weekend away in Italy last month, saying they’re ‘excited to be embarking on this life adventure together’.
Delight was also shared by Sarah who took the opportunity to open up about her relationship with her future-son-in-law, who she lovingly refers to as ‘Edo’.
“I’ve known him all my life. His brother is my godson,” she revealed. “I’m so proud, and I’ve known Edo since he was four, and he’s got a lovely mum.
“It’s really, really good news.”
The couple are expected to marry sometime next year.
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