Heir's some exciting news: Princess Beatriceis pregnant.
The royal—her parents are Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson—is expecting her first child this fall with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace announced May 19. Her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, "has been informed," the palace shared in an early morning tweet, "and both families are delighted with the news."
The milestone comes nearly a year after the pair exchanged vows during a private wedding ceremony at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in July. Though they were set to say "I do" in May 2020, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic delayed their plans by two months. "The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family," the palace noted at the time. "The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government Guidelines."
Though scaled down, the longtime couple—they made their red carpet debut in March 2019—made sure their day felt just as special. In fact, in a tribute to her grandmother, Beatrice wore a vintage Norman Hartnell gown belonging to Her Majesty.
Upon its grand arrival, Beatrice's little one will be the Queen's 12th great grandchild and the second grandchild for her parents. Her younger sister Princess Eugenie welcomed a baby boy in February.
Though this will be Beatrice's first child, she has had a taste of parenthood as a stepmom to Edoardo's 4-year-old son Christopher, who he shares with former partner Dara Huang. Back in March, she gave rare insight into their family life.
"My stepson has been home schooling. Helping him engage with stories is a great journey to inspire imagination, creativity, independence and humor," she explained to the Evening Standard. "It is amazing how in between video calls and working through technology we have had more time in the day to enjoy reading and it's shown how important it has been to step away from the screen and jump into worlds unknown through the help of books."