Buckingham Palace has shared the first official photos from the surprise wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, but one royal was conspicuously absent.

Some outlets report that Prince Andrew attended his daughter’s intimate wedding, along with his former wife Sarah Ferguson, while others like The Daily Mail seem to think he was not there.

The point is, we don’t know where he was, and the photos from the event don’t give anything away. It’s almost as if he’s a huge embarrassment to the whole royal establishment and they’d rather sweep him under the rug and pretend he doesn’t exist. Funny that.

The first of the official photos shows Beatrice and hew new husband exiting a chapel, surrounded by garlands of flowers. And another shows them standing a socially distant few metres away from her grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

The royals’ official Twitter account also shared a photo of a diamond fringe tiara, which was worn by Beatrice and also by the queen at her own wedding in 1947. I don’t know the first thing about tiaras but this one looks lovely!

Anyway, Prince Andrew is currently facing a lot of heat for his association with the late child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his close confidante Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently arrested in the United States.

Last year, Andrew did a disastrous BBC interview in which he tried to explain his relationship with Epstein, who died in prison last year, and his visits to the financier’s private island.

It went so badly that the prince was literally turfed out of his office at Buckingham Palace, after he and his staff were notified that they were no longer welcome to do business there.

Andrew has also denied allegations that he himself had sex with a underage girl during his association with Epstein.

US prosecutors have urged him to come forward and speak to them following Maxwell’s arrest. He has yet to do so, and was recently accused of “falsely portraying” his eagerness to participate in the investigation.

Image: Buckingham Palace / Benjamin Wheeler