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Princess Beatrice of York

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Princess Beatrice
Prince Beatrice with Dave Clark crop.jpg
Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy, 22 June 2013
Born (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 29)
Portland Hospital, London, UK
Full name
Beatrice Elizabeth Mary[note 1]
House Windsor
Father Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Mother Sarah Ferguson

Princess Beatrice of York (Beatrice Elizabeth Mary; born 8 August 1988) is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. Prior to the birth of Princess Charlotte in 2015, Beatrice was the highest ranking female in the line of succession to the British throne. She is currently 7th in line to the throne. She is the elder sister of Princess Eugenie of York.

Early life and education[edit]

Birth and naming[edit]

Beatrice was born on 8 August 1988, at 8:18 pm at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children,[1] the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, and fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She was baptised in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace on 20 December 1988, her godparents being: Viscount Linley (her father's cousin, now the 2nd Earl of Snowdon); the Duchess of Roxburghe (now Lady Jane Dawnay); Peter Palumbo; Gabrielle Greenall; and Carolyn Cotterell.[2][3] Her name, an unexpected choice, was not announced until almost two weeks after her birth.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Beatrice began her early education at the independent Upton House School in Windsor, in 1991. From there, she and her sister both attended the independent Coworth Park School from 1995.

Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1994 and went public with the diagnosis in 2013. As she went public with this information, it was announced that she would become patron of the Helen Ariel Dyslexia Centre.

Beatrice continued her education at the independent St George's School in Ascot, where she was a pupil from 2000 to 2007. Having been diagnosed with dyslexia as a child,[5][6] she delayed sitting her GCSE exams for one year. She remained at St George's to take her A-Levels, gaining a grade A in drama, and B grades in history and film studies. She was elected Head Girl in her final year.[5]

In September 2008, she started a three-year course studying for a BA in History and History of Ideas at Goldsmiths College, London. Princess Beatrice graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.[5]

Personal interests[edit]

In an interview to mark her 18th birthday, Princess Beatrice said that she wanted to use her position to assist others through charity work; she had already undertaken charitable duties alongside her mother through the various organisations the Duchess supported. In 2002, Beatrice visited children living with HIV in Russia, and, in Britain, she supported Springboard for Children (a literacy project for primary-school children with learning difficulties) and the Teenage Cancer Trust. During the summer of 2008, Beatrice volunteered as a sales assistant at Selfridges, and it was reported Beatrice and a friend had plans to found a fashion label.[citation needed] In April 2010, running to raise money for Children in Crisis, she became the first member of the royal family to complete the London Marathon.[7] Princess Beatrice is the patron of Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, which supports children with life-shortening conditions in West Yorkshire and North Manchester.[8]

Beatrice was the first member of the family to appear in a non-documentary film when she had a small, non-speaking role as an extra in The Young Victoria (2009), based on the accession and early reign of her ancestor, Queen Victoria.[9]

For ten years, until July 2016, Beatrice was in a relationship with Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark.[10][11]

According to a tabloid press report, Beatrice accidentally cut Ed Sheeran's cheek in November 2016 with a ceremonial sword during a mock knighting of James Blunt.[12][13][14] Blunt later claimed that the story had been fabricated.[15]


Princess Beatrice (right) with her sister Princess Eugenie of York at Trooping the Colour, June 2013.

At the wedding of her cousin Prince William, Beatrice's fascinator designed by Philip Treacy was remarked upon by some as an odd choice of fashion. In May 2011, the hat was offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay with the proceeds going to charity:[16] it was sold for £81,000 with the money split between UNICEF and Children in Crisis.[17]

Princess Beatrice accompanied her grandmother, the Queen, to the traditional Royal Maundy services on 5 April 2012 in York. She and the Duke of Edinburgh were the sole members of the royal family to attend the Maundy Thursday services at York Minster with the Queen. There, Beatrice interacted with parishioners, received flowers from the public, and assisted the Queen as she passed out the official Maundy money to the pensioners.[18] In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Princess Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds.[19] In 2013, Beatrice and her sister promoted Britain overseas in Germany. She also visited the Isle of Wight in 2014.

In November 2012, Beatrice became a patron of the York Musical Society.[20] In April 2013, she became royal patron of The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, a charity that she credits with helping her overcome her own academic challenges resulting from dyslexia.[21] She accompanied her father during an official engagement in the United Arab Emirates on 24 November 2014.[22]

In 2016, Beatrice along with her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, and sister Eugenie collaborated with British contemporary artist Teddy M to create the first ever royal graffiti. The painting on canvas, titled Royal Love, was painted at Royal Lodge and exhibited in London prior to being sold for a five figure sum. Proceeds from the sale of the painting were donated to Children in Crisis.[23]

Titles, styles and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

While the announcement of her name was made some two weeks after her birth, Beatrice was, from birth, a British princess entitled to the style of Royal Highness. Her style and title in full is: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York.




  1. ^ When a surname is used, it is either Mountbatten-Windsor or her father's territorial designation, York.


  1. ^ "No. 51436". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 August 1988. p. 9105. 
  2. ^ Speers, W. "Princess Beatrice Gets 5 Godparents". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Christenings". Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Marlov, Shirley (23 August 1988). "By All Odds, Princess Beatrice Is One for the Books". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Princess Beatrice". Duke of York. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Davies, Caroline (23 March 2005). "Beatrice is proud to reveal dyslexia, says her mother". Retrieved 23 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Moore, Matthew (25 April 2010). "Princess Beatrice becomes first royal to complete London Marathon". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  8. ^ Forget Me Not Children's Hospice
  9. ^ Walker, Tim (6 April 2013). "Princess Beatrice's walk on part with the Queen". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (23 June 2013). "PHOTOS: Prince Harry Attends A Wedding With Cressida Bonas... And His Ex, Chelsy Davy". Huffington Post. 
  11. ^ Knapton, Sarah (7 August 2016). "Princess Beatrice said to have split from boyfriend of 10 years Dave Clark". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Hamilton, Michael; Lazarus, Ben (2016-11-27). "Princess Beatrice slices open Ed Sheeran's face with a sword as prank goes wrong". The Sun. Retrieved 2017-02-14. 
  13. ^ Oppenheim, Maya (27 November 2016). "Princess Beatrice 'slices Ed Sheeran's face with a sword' while trying to 'knight' James Blunt". The Independent. Retrieved 16 February 2017. According to a report in the Sun on Sunday 
  14. ^ Ough, Tom (27 November 2016). "Princess Beatrice 'slices Ed Sheeran's face with ceremonial sword' while attempting to 'knight' James Blunt at party". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 February 2017. the Sun reported 
  15. ^ "James Blunt: Ed Sheeran wasn't cut by Princess Beatrice wielding a sword – we 'made it up'". ITV News. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  16. ^ Newscore (11 May 2011). Princess Beatrice's ridiculed wedding hat to be sold on eBay. New York Post
  17. ^ "Princess Beatrice's hat worn at the royal wedding sells for $123,325". Herald Sun. Australia. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Mary-Jayne McKay (5 April 2012). "Princess Beatrice helps queen with Maundy Thursday tradition". CBS News. United States. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Princess Beatrice greets Olympic flame as torch relay visits stately home". The Daily Telegraph. London. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "HRH Princess Beatrice of York becomes patron of York Musical Society". 
  21. ^ Rayner, Gordon (19 April 2013). "Princess Beatrice becomes patron of dyslexia charity". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  22. ^ "Court Circular 24 November 2014". 
  23. ^ Quilty-Harper, Conrad (3 June 2016). "Teddy M on The Creation of 'Royal Love' with The Duchess of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie". GQ Magazine. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 

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Princess Beatrice of York
Born: 8 August 1988
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Preceded by
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