Princess Beatrice’s brother-in-law pens heartfelt poem paying tribute to the Queen


‘Your Majesty, Thank You’: Princess Beatrice’s brother-in-law pens a heartfelt poem paying tribute to the Queen as Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi comforts his wife while she mourns her grandmother

  • Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s brother wrote a poem in tribute to Her late Majesty
  • Your Majesty, Thank You, is a tribute to the Queen and her service to the nation  
  • Mr Mozzi thanked his brother on Instagram for writing it for his grieving wife
  • Princess Beatrice was known to be very close to her late grandmother 
  • The Queen’s funeral: All the latest Royal Family news and coverage

Princess Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi has shared a moving post paying tribute to the late Queen. 

Taking to Instagram, the property developer shared a heartfelt poem written by his half-brother Alby Shale in a bid to provide comfort to a grieving Princess Beatrice, who is the grandaughter of the Queen.

The lengthy poem called Her Majesty, Thank You mentions the great service of the Queen over her 70-year reign in rhyming couplets.

And it’s now racked up more than 10,000 likes on Instagram, with more than 300 comments.  

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice pay their respects in front of the Queen’s coffin of the Queen as it lies in Westminster Hall

Alby Shale's poem largely took the form of rhyming couplets, with a powerful final stanza paying homage to the Queen's defining qualities

Alby Shale’s poem largely took the form of rhyming couplets, with a powerful final stanza paying homage to the Queen’s defining qualities

Edo, 38, who married Princess Beatrice in July 2020, was recently seen at his wife’s side at Westminster Hall, where they stood in front of her coffin to pay their respects as she lies in state.

Although Edo’s half-brother Alby Shale keeps a low profile in royal circles, he penned this poem to bring comfort to Beatrice. 

With sixteen verses and one stand-alone line, it thanks the late Queen for ‘leading us till death do us part’, and for ‘leading with an honourable heart’.

It reads: ‘Thank you for guiding for 70 years. Thank you for guiding with values not spears. Thank you for guiding your whole adult life. Thank you for guiding with dignity not strife.’

Another verse adds: ‘Thank you for being our Head of State. Thank you for being so out of debate. Thank you for being shrewdly serene. Thank you for being everyone’s Queen.

Alby Shale (pictured at a celebrity T20 cricket match in 2017) penned the poem to bring comfort to Princess Beatrice

Alby Shale (pictured at a celebrity T20 cricket match in 2017) penned the poem to bring comfort to Princess Beatrice

‘Thank you for evolving with change all around. Thank you for evolving with such little sounds. Thank you for evolving from Churchill to Truss. Thank you for evolving without any fuss.’

The poem also ended with a powerful stanza which read: ‘Thank you for personifying sincerity. Thank you for personifying justice. Thank you for personifying moderation. Thank you for personifying humility. Thank you for personifying us.’

Mr Mozzi accompanied the post with a message that read: ‘Your Majesty, Thank you. Thank you to my wonderful brother Alby Shale for writing this for Beatrice and thank you for allowing us to share it.’

Mr Mozzi’s Instagram followers were quick to heap praise on his brother, with one writing: ‘Such a beautiful tribute and touching.’

A second wrote: ‘This is not only incredibly well written, but it’s a photograph with words. It captures the delineation and essence of a person.’

Alby Shale’s father was Christopher Shale, who was also Mr Mozzi’s beloved stepfather. 

Mr Shale, who was a senior Conservative and a close friend of David Cameron, died from heart disease at Glastonbury Festival in 2011.

The post comes after Mr Mozzi carved out time to view floral tributes left for the monarch earlier this week. 

He went largely unnoticed in Green Park as he knelt down to read touching letters of condolence.

The Queen’s coffin will now continue to lie at Westminster Hall until her state funeral, which will be held on Monday.  



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