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Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi expecting first child

The couple married in July 2020

Danielle Stacey

Princess Beatrice is pregnant with her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The statement read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year. 

"The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news."

It will be the second grandchild for the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, after the birth of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's son August in February.  

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's official Twitter account retweeted Beatrice's pregnancy announcement, which was originally posted on the Queen's account. They were also one of the first to like the post, which featured a photo of Beatrice and her husband Edoardo on their wedding day. 

Edoardo, who is the CEO and founder of a property development and interior design company named Banda, also retweeted the news from the royal family's account on his personal Twitter account.

The Princess, 32, tied the knot with property developer Edoardo at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge Windsor in July 2020.

Due to coronavirus restrictions at the time, the private ceremony was attended by the couple's closest friends and family, including the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh.

 

Beatrice and Edoardo on their wedding day in July 2020

While the baby will be Beatrice's first child, Edoardo already has a five-year-old son Christopher Woolf (affectionately known as Wolfie), from his previous relationship with American architect Dara Huang.

Where will the royal baby be in the line of succession? 

Ninth in line to the throne, Beatruce will move to 10th place when Harry and Meghan's baby arrives.

The princess's son or daughter will be 11th in line to the throne when he or she is born, which means that Beatrice's younger sister Princess Eugenie will move down to 12th place.

Eugenie and Jack's son August will also further down in the line of succession to 13th-in-line. 

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Will the royal baby have a title? 

While Beatrice is Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, it doesn't automatically mean that her child will also inherit a title.

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Beatrice and Edoardo got engaged in 2019 and married last year

As things currently stand, the royal baby will not have a title because these are passed down the male line and Edoardo does not have a title.

However, the Queen could decide to intervene and give Beatrice's husband an earldom or issue a Letters Patent amending the rules.

But it's unlikely that Beatrice and Edoardo's baby will have a royal title, as their children will take their rank from their father.

Where will the royal baby be born? 

The couple currently live at St James's Palace in London, but have reportedly been house-hunting in the Cotswolds near Edoardo's family home in Chipping Norton. 

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The Portland Hospital in London

Beatrice could choose to follow in her mother Sarah and sister Eugenie's footsteps and have her baby at The Portland Hospital in London, where she was also born. 

Alternatively, she could opt for the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where Princess AnnePrincess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge all had their children. 

How many great-grandchildren does the Queen have? 

Meanwhile, the Queen will welcome the arrival of her twelfth great-grandchild when Beatrice and Edoardo's child is born. The monarch is already a great-grandmother to Savannah and Isla Phillips, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall, Archie Harrison-Mountbatten-Windsor and August Brooksbank.

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Princess Beatrice pictured with the Queen at Royal Ascot in 2019

This year alone will see Her Majesty welcome four great-grandchildren in total with the births of Princess Eugenie and Jack's son August in February, Mike and Zara Tindall's son Lucas born in March, as well as the Duchess of Sussex's baby girl who is due to arrive this summer. 

What will the royal baby's name be? 

In the lead-up to any royal births, there's always a lot of speculation about what the baby boy or girl will be called. 

Royal couples tend to choose one or two traditional names for their children, with middle names paying tribute to a relative or an ancestor. 

Betfair's latest odds for the royal baby's name have Philip and Sarah as the early favourites, which of course are in honour of Beatrice's late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, and her mother, Sarah. 

Other frontrunners for boys names include Marco at 11/1 and Oliver at 12/1, while favourite girls names include Anna and Emily at 10/1.

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