There’s plenty to love about royal weddings. Aside from the general pomp and circumstance that comes with a monarchy channeling all of its traditions into a modern wedding ceremony, there’s something awe-inspiring about the level of detail that goes into these weddings. From the bride’s dress to the reception to the people in attendance, there’s so much to be fascinated by — especially because royal weddings don’t happen every day.
But there’s one precious detail that could make any romantic swoon with happiness: the royal first kiss. It’s tradition to have your first kiss as a married couple at your wedding, but somehow, royals do it better. Much, much better, if you ask us. Once the “I dos” are said and the vows and rings are exchanged, most newlywed royals step out onto a balcony or on the steps of the church where they were married and share a sweet smooch for all to see. It’s just the best.
The royal wedding of Princess Beatrice was secretly held on July 17, 2020 — just one year ago! Although cameras didn’t capture the moment, we’re sure Princess Beatrice and her groom, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, sealed their union with a kiss at the alter and perhaps for family photos. After a year without much fanfare for major royal occasions, we wanted to take a look back at the most memorable royal wedding first kisses — while Princess Beatrice and now husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi appeared to have opted-out of this royal tradition, there is a long history of intimate moments shared with adoring fans.
A version of this story was originally published May 2018.