Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday that Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are expecting their first baby after getting married last July.
The first clues to her bump can already be seen in photos of the cheerful 32-year-old on a walk in Chelsea, west London, with her husband, 38.
Beatrice beams as she walks around in style in a dark pink leopard print dress and black blazer, while her hair is casually tied up in a messy bun.
She smiles as she carries what looks like ice cream or frozen yogurt while her husband, a real estate developer, smiles as she walks alongside her.
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The couple announced they were expecting their first child on May 18, the same day Prince Harry and Meghan celebrated their third wedding anniversary.
The Queen is said to be “thrilled” that a new great-grandchild is on the way, with the baby boy or girl expected in the fall.
Beatrice, who is ninth to the throne, married her husband in Windsor in a secret wedding last July.
The ceremony, which had a limited number of guests due to Covid-19 rules, was attended by the Queen, her husband Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Eugenie.
The couple announced their engagement in September 2019, with photos taken by Princess Eugenie.
Beatrice and Edoardo got engaged while on vacation in Italy after less than a year together.
They started dating in the fall of 2018 but were friends.
The news of the baby will be a joy to the royal family as they mourn the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99 on April 9.
While the mother-to-be will be delighted to share her experience of being a mother for the first time alongside her sister Princess Eugenie, who gave birth to a baby boy in February.
Buckingham Palace announced the pregnancy of Princess Beatrice, saying: “Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very happy to announce that they are expecting a baby in the fall of this year.
“The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news. “
Although Beatrice is a princess, her children will not be granted the same or any other royal titles, which means that they will clearly be Master or Miss Mapelli Mozzi.
Beatrice and Edoardo join Harry and Meghan in expectation of a child as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce their second is on their way on Valentine’s Day.
They are due in summer.