All the Royal Weddings That Took Place This Year—and Upcoming Nuptials to Expect
This story was updated on October 13, 2020.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has nothing on a fairytale romance, as royal couples Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Raiyah bint Al-Hussein and Ned Donovan, and Flora Alexandra Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg have proven. We detail the most dreamy royal weddings that have taken place as safety measures ease, as well as engagement announcements from blue-bloods around the world.
Upcoming Royal Weddings to Expect
Princess Theodora and Matthew Kumar
Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark was expected to marry fiancé, American lawyer Matthew Kumar at the end of May, but the couple was forced to cancel because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The princess, who goes by the stage name of Theodora Greece in her acting career, first announced her engagement on Instagram in November 2018.
The wedding was set to take place on the Greek island of Spetses with a star-studded guest list. Theodora, who is the youngest daughter of Constantine II, former King of Greece, and Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, is a goddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and the niece of Queen Sofia of Spain. Her father is also the godfather of Prince William, who was expected to attend.
On what would have been her wedding day, Theodora took to Instagram again with a photo of the couple having a cosy meal at home. She captioned it, “On what should have been our wedding weekend—the love and support from friends and family have been so appreciated. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of you in Greece once it’s safe.”
Greece lifted lockdown restrictions on June 1 and restarted its tourism industry on July 1. However, with a spike in coronavirus cases this month, some lockdown measures may be re-introduced.
Prince Philippos and Nina Nastassja Flohr
There’s more than one sibling that is due to be married from the royal family of Greece and Denmark. Prince Philippos, the youngest child of King Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark has also announced his engagement to long-term girlfriend Nina Nastassja Flohr in September.
“Their Majesties King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie are delighted to announce the engagement of their youngest son HRH Prince Philippos to Nina Nastassja Flohr, daughter of Thomas Flohr and Katharina Flohr. Nina and Philippos were engaged on the island of Ithaca in Greece earlier this summer. The details of their wedding will be announced in due course,” a statement from the Greek royal family read.
Philippos, who is eighth in line to the now-defunct Greek throne—and the godson of the late Princess Diana—is based in New York City as a hedge fund analyst. Nina is the only daughter of VistaJet founder Thomas Flohr, and Katharina Flohr. She is now serving at her father’s private jet charter company as creative director.
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Lady Amelia Spencer and Greg Mallett
Lady Amelia Spencer, 28, is due to wed her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg Mallett. The daughter of Princess Diana’s younger brother, Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, Amelia is a first cousin of William and Harry. Like her older sister Kitty Spencer, Amelia is signed to Storm Model Management.
Relocated at a young age to Cape Town, South Africa with her family in 1995 to avoid the media, Amelia met her long-term South African boyfriend at the University of Cape Town. Greg, 30 works as a real estate agent and is the nephew of former South African national rugby coach, Nick Mallett.
The couple took to Instagram to announce their engagement after Greg proposed at the Clouds Wine & Guest Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa on July 22.
Earl Spencer shared his blessings for the couple on Twitter, tweeting: “So happy for my daughter, Amelia, engaged to her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg – wonderful to hear them both so excited about their future. Sending them both love, and every good wish for their life together.” No further news has been released about the wedding.
Lady Kitty Spencer and Michael Lewis
Often in the spotlight for her striking resemblance to her late aunt Princess Diana, Lady Kitty Spencer, 29, was expected to wed multimillionaire Michael Lewis, 61 in Italy this year, which has likely been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. They announced the news in January, after getting engaged over Christmas last year, but Kitty and Michael have been private about the details of their nuptials.
The oldest daughter of Charles Spencer, Kitty is a socialite and fashion model, signed to Storm Model Management. She was the brand ambassador of Bvlgari in 2018. Michael Lewis is the chairman of South African fashion company, Foschini Group.
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James Middleton and Alizee Thevenet
Granted, the younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton isn’t technically a royal, but the announcement of his engagement to French financier Alizee Thevenet in October last year has evidently generated much fanfare.
Originally planning for a summer wedding this year, a friend of James told Daily Mail in March that the wedding would be postponed amidst the pandemic. “It's very sad, but it's just not practical to hold it in this crisis,” the source was quoted saying. “Holding an Anglo-French wedding is impossible in the coming months and is still likely to be difficult in the summer…They would prefer to wait until all their guests are able—and happy—to attend.”
When the wedding does take place, however, it is likely to be an intimate low-key event—James has reportedly “had enough of big weddings”—with a stellar guest list that will see royals such as Kate Middleton and William in attendance. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Princess Eugenie, who were present at Pippa Middleton’s wedding, attended too. Royal children Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to reprise their roles in the wedding party, and perhaps Prince Louis may be able to join his siblings for this one.
Royal Weddings of 2020
Princess Raiyah bint Al-Hussein and Ned Donovan
In what was the first royal wedding in the United Kingdom (UK) since the lockdown measures were lifted, Princess Raiyah bint Al-Hussein—the youngest daughter of Queen Noor and the late King Hussein of Jordan—tied the knot with British journalist and author Roald Dahl’s grandson, Ned Donovan, last Tuesday.
As lockdown measures ease in the UK, weddings are now allowed with up to 30 guests. The wedding was an intimate and socially-distanced outdoor ceremony in a courtyard, attended by the couple’s nearest and dearest, including Queen Noor.
Sharing photos from the big day on Twitter, Raiyah, who is the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, was stunning in a high-necked embroidered lace gown and sapphire circlet, while her groom Ned was dashing in a blue-on-blue morning suit.
Originally planned for April in Jordan, Raiyah said in her Twitter post that “the pandemic derailed those plans and it was safer for my husband’s family to hold it in the UK.” She added that she was looking forward to celebrating in Jordan once the situation allows.
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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
It’s the moment royal fans and watchers have been waiting for—after numerous postponements, Princess Beatrice of York finally wedded her beau, property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on July 17 in an intimate ceremony. The couple had announced their engagement in September last year and originally planned to wed on May 29, which was set to be the last high-profile royal wedding for the decade.
But while it was not the grand occasion that would have taken place at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, London, the secret garden-themed ceremony held at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor was no less romantic and magical.
Beatrice donned a vintage Norman Hartnell gown borrowed from her grandmother Queen Elizabeth, who first wore the dress to the world premiere of Lawrence of Arabia at the Odeon Leicester Square in December 1962. She matched it with the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth herself on her wedding day.
What made the occasion extra special was the attendance of her grandparents Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, who had been self-isolating at Windsor Castle since March. The elderly couple made an exception for the wedding, conveying their blessings while staying socially distant.
The couple reportedly invited 14 friends to the Royal Lodge after the solemnisation for a party that lasted until the early hours of Saturday. Planned in accordance to social distancing rules—the reception featured speciality cocktails and bespoke catering; a marquee dubbed ‘The Duke of York’, which was filled with sofas, a jukebox, draft beer and a dartboard; a bouncy castle; and even glamping pods for the couple and their friends to rest in.
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Flora Alexandra Ogilvy and Timothy Vesterberg
When Flora Alexandra Ogilvy, the granddaughter of Sir Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra of Kent (Queen Elizabeth’s cousin) announced her engagement to Swedish financier Timothy Vesterberg via Instagram in November last year, many news outlets speculated that it could be the second royal wedding of 2020 in the UK, after Beatrice’s. Indeed, the royal, who is 56th in line to the throne, revealed this month that she had privately wedded her fiancé in a private ceremony on September 26.
The ceremony took place at Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace—where Beatrice and Edoardo had originally planned to hold their wedding. Flora was understatedly elegant in a tailored Emilia Wickstead dress, while Timothy sported a charming blue suit with a pale blue tie. The couple was photographed by Hugo Burnand, the only portrait photographer in the UK to hold a royal warrant. He had previously shot for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall's civil ceremony in April 2005, and subsequently Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding in 2011.
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