It seems royal fans are getting surprise weddings left right and centre this month as another royal couple tied the knot in a small secret ceremony just days after Princess Beatrice surprised the world with her own nuptials.
Austrian Archduchess Eleonore von Habsburg married her long-time partner, Jerome d'Ambrosio, on Monday, just three days after Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi said ‘I do’ in Windsor.
Eleonore, who is a professional jewellery designer, and race car driver Jerome first met three years ago when they were travelling from London to Nice at the same time.
After a two year romance the couple got engaged and had planned a lavish church ceremony before the coronavirus pandemic forced them to put those plans on hold.
Instead the pair decided to have a more intimate civil ceremony - at the registry office - in Monaco with only a few of their close family present.
The bride kept things more casual as well choosing an off-the-shoulder white dress, which fell to just below her knees.
After the wedding, the couple posed for some portraits before joining a slightly bigger circle of friends for lunch, while respecting all rules of social distancing.
Royal fans will be happy to note though that the couple do still plan on having a bigger church wedding with more guests once restrictions are lifted.
Eleonore is the daughter of Karl von Habsburg and Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza.
The wedding comes after Princess Beatrice married her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in a secret ceremony in front of the Queen on Friday.
Just 20 guests were present at the intimate event, The Sun reported, including Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh and the bride’s father, Prince Andrew, 60.
The palace said in a statement: “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor.
“The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family.
“The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government guidelines.”
And earlier this month, Princess Raiyah of Jordan decided to take advantage of the relaxed rules in the UK and said ‘I do’ to her British fiancé, Ned Donovan, in a tiny ceremony.
The ceremony featured a total of three guests according to the photos of the occasion, all of whom were seated the obligatory 1.5 metres away from one another.
The ceremony was held in the UK where Ned’s family is based and where Princess Raiyah completed her studies, though she is now said to be completing a PHD at UCLA in the United States.