This Friday, a private celebration, which brought together some relatives and members of the British royal family, took place in the chapel of St James’s Palace in London. Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, baptized her daughter, Sienna Mapelli Mozzi, in absolute secrecy.
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A secret baptism after a secret marriage
The marriage of Princess Beatrice of York, 33, to the aristocrat Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, was supposed to be the UK’s biggest royal event of 2020. After many questions about the organization of the wedding, in particular due to the difficulty of find a suitable venue, it was announced that it would take place at St James’s Palace chapel.
The coronavirus pandemic has completely upset all plans. The wedding scheduled for the end of May 2020 has been postponed to an unspecified date to be decided. On July 17, Buckingham Palace took the press by surprise when it announced that Princess Beatrice had just married, surrounded by a handful of people, at All Saints’ Chapel in the grounds of the Royal Lodge at Windsor.
This Friday, April 29, it is also in the same discretion that Princess Beatrice has chosen to baptize her daughter, Sienna. Sienna Mapelli Mozzi was born on September 18, 2021, a few months after the birth of August Brooksbank, the first child of her younger sister, Princess Eugenie. In 2021, Queen Elizabeth II saw the birth of four new great-grandchildren: August Brooksbank, Lucas Tindall, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor and Sienna Mapelli Mozzi.
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Few details on the baptism of Siena Mapelli Mozzi in London
It was in the chapel of St James’s Palace that Siena was baptized on Friday, several British media announce. Hello Magazine explains that no details are known. It is unknown who was present at the ceremony, but Prince Andrew, Duke of York, was spotted in his Bentley driving to the palace on Friday.
It is unlikely that Queen Elizabeth II moved to London. Her Majesty’s travels are increasingly rare and it is surprising that her baptism was not celebrated in one of the royal domain chapels at Windsor. To this day her parents have never shared photos of Siena. Only a few photos taken by the paparazzi made it possible to have distant and poor quality shots of the child. Siena is the eleventh in line to the British throne. Edoardo is also the father of a boy born from a first relationship.
Queen Elizabeth II and even her late husband, Prince Philip, were among the few guests invited to Princess Beatrice’s wedding, one of the last family events attended by the Duke of Edinburgh. As the ceremony took place in private, only carefully selected official photos were shared with the public. The Duke of York, father of the disgraced groom, does not appear in the photos made public.
Similarly, in November 2021 we learned, with general surprise, that a joint baptism had been performed in the All Saints Chapel at the Royal Lodge in Windsor. That day, Princess Eugenie and her cousin, Zara Tindall, chose to baptize their baby at the same time. Lucas Tindall and August Brooksbank were baptized in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. Princess Beatrice had certainly decided it was too early to simultaneously baptize her daughter Sienna, who was only two months old.
St James’s Palace is a building used by the British royal family in London. This palace, whose construction was completed in 1536, was commissioned by King Henry VIII of England. Today it still serves as the official administrative address of the Crown and it is in this palace that Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra live. The palace includes a chapel, which is regularly used to celebrate royal events, such as baptisms or weddings.
Baptisms were celebrated in this royal chapel. The last baptism was that of Prince George, eldest son of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. There other members of the royal family were baptized, such as Lord Frederik and Lady Gabriella Windsor, the grandchildren of Prince Michael of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.