EXCLUSIVE: Princess Beatrice heads for ski slopes of St. Moritz ahead of close pal Dasha Zhukova’s £5million wedding to shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos
- Beatrice brushed off father Prince Andrew’s woes as she was spotted in Switzerland with her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
- The Royal couple have joined star guests at the plush resort of St. Moritz where pals Dasha and Stavros will marry tomorrow
- The Princess is staying at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, which will play host to the celebrations tomorrow evening
- Dasha, 38, and the 34-year-old billionaire Stavros arrived on Monday for their nuptials, having tied the knot in a French registry office ceremony in October
- She was married to Chelsea owner Roman, 53, for nearly 10 years before ending their relationship in 2017
- Stavros’ most high-profile romance was with socialite Paris Hilton, 38, who he dated from late 2005 until March 2007
Princess Beatrice has flown into Switzerland for wedding of close friend Dasha Zhukova to billionaire shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos.
The Princess was spotted with fiancé Edoardo Macelli Mozzi in the exclusive resort of St. Moritz as the pair went skiing ahead of the wedding tomorrow.
The Royal couple are staying at the five-star Kulm Hotel, owned by the groom’s family, where the wedding celebrations will take place tomorrow.
Princess Beatrice and fiancé Edoardo Macelli Mozzi have flown into Switzerland for wedding of close friend Dasha Zhukova to billionaire shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos
Princess Beatrice was seen in ski wear as she hit the slopes of St Moritz with her fiance ahead of the star-studded wedding in the luxury Swiss resort tomorrow
Beatrice was seen wearing a tan colour ski jacket with white safety helmet and ski goggles as she walked behind Mr Mozzi, who was dressed in red and carried the skis and sticks
The Princess, wearing a tan colour ski jacket, white safety helmet with ski goggles walked behind her fiance who was dressed in red and carried the skis and sticks.
Before they left, Beatrice was hugged by Roman Abramovich’s former wife Dasha, who showed the Princess a sparkler on her engagement finger in the hotel foyer.
Also joining the royals skiing today were Monaco royal Pierre Casiraghi, grandson to Grace Kelly, art dealer Vito Schnabel from New York and Dasha who looked stunning in a black ski outfit.
Tomorrow’s wedding will be a star-studded affair with celebrities such as soccer ace David Beckham and actress Gwyneth Paltrow expected to fly in to attend.
Ivanka Trump is also rumoured to be going to see the couple tie the knot. The wedding will be a star-studded.
Beatrice brushed off her woes over father Prince Andrew to really enjoy the Swiss Alps
Sources at the resort say Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are renting a private mansion in the Via Tinus area of St Moritz where steel magnate and billionaire Lakshmi Mittal owns a large chalet, overlooking the alpine mountains.
Locals call the area ‘Billionaire’s bluff’ because of the array of luxury homes based there, many on private roads.
Ivanka and Jared are expected to be joined by his brother Joshua Kushner and his model wife Karlie Kloss who flew in earlier this morning.
Ivanka’s private plane is said to be scheduled to touch down tonight at Samedan Airport, a private air strip which is a few minutes from the Kulm Hotel where the majority of the 300 guests are staying.
The four are firm friends with Dasha and meet regularly in Manhattan where they have homes.
A source said: ‘This will be an elegant and very smart affair befitting to the couple’s style. Everything will be in good taste.
‘There will be caviar and champagne, lots if it, but there’s also a disco tonight in the hotel which has been booked entirely for the guests.
‘The emphasis is on fun and celebration.’
Florists were busy shipping in bundles of pink and lilac roses which were placed in vases around the entrance to the ballroom where tonight’s pre-wedding party will be held.
Dasha and Stavros touched down in Switzerland’s resort town St. Moritz on Monday, ahead of their star-studded wedding this weekend
Dasha, a Russian art collector, 38, cut an effortlessly chic figure in a white top, cream trousers and patent boots, while wrapping up against the chilly climes in a teddy bear coat
The elegant hotel overlooks Lake St Moritz and the Alps. British DJ Mark Ronson is thought to be providing the music.
Rooms at the hotel cost a minimum of £600-a-night and the whole weekend’s festivities is estimated to be costing £5m.
Dasha and Stavros officially tied the knot in a registry office wedding in Paris last year but have pulled out all the stops for this weekend.
The wedding ceremony will take place in the St Moritz town hall building, mayor Christian Jott Jenny said.
The hotel’s director Heinz Hunkeler told MailOnline: ‘There is very, very, very special clientele on the guest list.’
Several marquees have been erected near the resort’s ski–jump area and the sub-freezing temperatures are unlikely to put guests off from enjoying themselves.
Stavros’s father Stavros Jr and uncle Spyros are the largest private landowners in St. Moritz.
A source told MailOnline: ‘The Niarchos family are hugely respected and valued in St Moritz.
‘They could have held the wedding at any fabulous location in the world but have chosen St Moritz because it is of great importance to them to support the town and the groom’s father is an honorary citizen.
‘I expect the expenditure on this weekend to cost several million pounds and it will be a great boost for the resort too.’
Stavros, who is part of the Greek shipping Niarchos dynasty, has dated a list of celebrities in the past including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen and had a seven-year relationship with Jessica Hart.
Lap of luxury: The wedding ceremony will take place in the St Moritz town hall building, while the couple will take over the five-star Kulm St. Moritz Hotel (pictured) for a glitzy party
Wow! Rooms cost a minimum of £600 a night and the whole weekend’s festivities is estimated to be costing £5 million
Dasha, 38, a successful Moscow-born businesswoman and art gallery owner and Stavros, 34, who was born in New York, had been friends for more than a decade but became a couple after her split in 2017 with Abramovich, with whom she had two children.
The source added: ‘St Moritz affords the celebrities and guests security and privacy. What happens in St Moritz stays in St Moritz.
‘Locals do not generally bother the celebrity visitors. It is only a small town so it is virtually impossible to avoid bumping into them.
Ex: Dasha was married to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, 53, for nearly 10 years before ending their relationship with a multi-million pound divorce in 2017 (pictured in 2013)
Long-term: The pair have known each other for over a decade but officially became a couple in 2018 (pictured in May 2018)
‘I expect locals will share a table with a few in the popular Salsastrains restaurants and not notice them openly. It is almost an unspoken code and one of the reasons the fabulously wealthy choose here for such celebrations.
‘St Moritz itself is the most Swiss of all the Swiss ski resorts. It caters to an old money crowd including generations of Niarchos, Guccis and royalty from all over Europe and the Middle East as well as well as the horsey set.
‘It will be a fabulous party weekend and the folk who live here wish the happy couple all the very best and welcome them.’
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