How Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding Differed from Sister Princess Eugenie's Nuptials

Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice married within a year and a half of each other — but their weddings were very different.

Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi had originally planned to wed at St. James's Palace in London with a reception to follow at the Queen's gardens at Buckingham Palace on May 29. The original arrangements were canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the couple exchanged vows in front of about 20 guests — including Beatrice's grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip — on July 17 in Windsor instead.

"It was very private, intimate and romantic," a source tells PEOPLE.

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Princess Beatrice served as maid of honor and gave a reading at Princess Eugenie's wedding, and there's no doubt that Eugenie played a special role in her big sister's day. After Beatrice and Edoardo announced their engagement, it was Eugenie who got behind the camera for the official portraits they released.

"Beabea – wow!" Eugenie wrote on Instagram in September after the engagement news broke. "I'm so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo. It's been a long time coming and you two are meant to be."

A statement from Buckingham Palace said, "The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11 a.m. 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," the statement read.

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With the marriage, the 31-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson also becomes stepmother to Edoardo's young son, born in 2016, whom he shares with his former girlfriend Dara Huang, an architect and designer.

"He is very much part of their life," Beatrice’s friend previously told PEOPLE. "Beatrice has embraced the child as part of her life from the outset."

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