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Princess Beatrice of York

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Princess Beatrice
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Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy, 22 June 2013
Born (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 28)
Portland Hospital, London, England
Full name
Beatrice Elizabeth Mary[note 1]
House Windsor
Father Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Mother Sarah, Duchess of York
Religion Church of England

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. Beatrice is seventh, and the second female, in line to succeed her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. While she is not a "working" member of the Royal Family and receives no support from the Privy Purse, she regularly attends events with the Queen and other members of the family.

Early life and education[edit]

Birth and naming[edit]

Beatrice was born on 8 August 1988, at 8:18 pm at the Portland Hospital,[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); the Duchess of Roxburghe (now Lady Jane Dawnay); Peter Palumbo ; Gabrielle Greenall; and Carolyn Cotterell.[2][3] She was named Beatrice after Queen Victoria's youngest daughter Princess Beatrice; Elizabeth after her paternal grandmother the Queen; and Mary after Queen Mary and her maternal grandmother's second name.[4] Her name, an unexpected choice, was not announced until almost two weeks after her birth.[5]

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 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,[6][7] 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.[8] She was elected Head Girl in her final year.[9]

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.

In April 2010, Princess Beatrice became the first member of the Royal Family to complete the London Marathon, running with friends to raise money as part of 'Team Caterpillar', which supported a number of charities.

Her charitable work continued with a global ambassadorship for her mother's charity, Children In Crisis, founded in 1993 with the aim of educating women and children in some of the world's poorest countries. More recently, Princess Beatrice with six close friends — including the children of Sir Richard Branson — formed the unique philanthropic organization known as The Big Change, a charitable incubator modeled after technology startups and tasked with identifying and supporting projects that improve the lives of young people. In September 2012, she and her fellow Big Change founders climbed Mont Blanc as part of The Big Climb, the group's first fundraising project.

She is Patron of the York Musical Society, the York Theatre Royal, the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Broomwood African Education Foundation, the Berkshire Community Foundation, English National Ballet School, and Fashion for the Brave (only in 2013). She is also a Junior Ambassador for Children in Crisis, Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and is a co-founder of Big Change.

Princess Beatrice works full-time in business.

From Research Associate for Children in Crisis UK, Private Equity Analyst for Cabot Square Capital, January 2014 – January 2015, she had a job as an International Production Analyst for Sony Pictures Entertainment. After the cyber attack on Sony she decided to get more work experience elsewhere. On May 2015, Beatrice became an Associate at Sandbridge Capital.[citation needed]

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 HIV-infected children 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.[10] 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.[11]

Beatrice was the first member of the Royal 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.[12]

Beatrice was in a long-term relationship with Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark until July 2016.[13][14][15][16]


Princess Beatrice with her sister at Trooping the Colour, June 2013.

Princess Beatrice does not carry out official duties as a member of the Royal Family and as she is not an official "working member" of the Royal Family, she receives no allowance from the Privy Purse. Her solo activities are not reported in the Court Circular. However, she is involved in numerous activities due to her membership of the Royal Family. Princess Beatrice has been present at a number of official Royal occasions, such as Trooping the Colour in London, and the Queen's eightieth birthday. She and her sister were also guests at the Concert for Diana, in memory of their late aunt organised by their cousins, Princes William and Harry. Both princesses attended the service of thanksgiving for Diana on 1 September 2007, representing their father, who was on an official visit to Malaysia. Beatrice was present at the wedding of her cousin Peter Phillips to Autumn Kelly in 2008, and the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. At the wedding, 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:[17] it was sold for £81,000 with the money split between Unicef and Children in Crisis.[18] A few months later Princess Beatrice was seen at the wedding of her cousin Zara Phillips to Rugby player Mike Tindall.

Princess Beatrice accompanied her grandmother, the Queen, to the traditional Royal Maundy services on 5 April 2012 in York. Other than the Duke of Edinburgh, she was the sole member 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.[19] This recalls Queen Victoria's habit of having her royal granddaughters attend her at particularly important events or meetings.[20] In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Princess Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds.[21]

In 2013, and although not in an official role, Princess Beatrice and her sister promoted Britain overseas in Germany. She also visited the Isle of Wight in 2014.

After the birth of her first cousin once removed, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in 2015, Beatrice moved from sixth to seventh in the line of succession.

Princess Beatrice accompanied her father during an official engagement in the United Arab Emirates on 24 November 2014.[22] She is also mentioned in the Court Circular when she attends Royal Garden Parties, official Receptions or other events such as attending Epsom Races or Royal Ascot with other members of the Royal Family.[23]

In November 2012, Beatrice became a patron of the York Musical Society.[24]

In April 2013, Beatrice 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.[25]

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. She has no official surname, but she uses the name of the area over which her father holds dukedom: York (as Prince Harry – who is formally Prince Henry of Wales – uses Wales, per his father, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales).

She and her sister are the only granddaughters of the Queen to use the title of Princess of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the style Her Royal Highness: their cousin, Lady Louise Windsor, is styled as the daughter of an earl at the request of her parents; their other female first cousin, Zara Phillips, is the Queen's granddaughter through the female line, therefore allowing her only the title and style of her father, who has none.




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


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51436. p. 9105. 10 August 1988.
  2. ^ Speers, W. "Princess Beatrice Gets 5 Godparents". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page – Royal Christenings
  4. ^ Biography of Beatrice of York
  5. ^ Marlov, Shirley (23 August 1988). "By All Odds, Princess Beatrice Is One for the Books". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Princess Beatrice". Duke of York. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Princess Beatrice calls her dyslexia 'an opportunity' as she talks with British schoolchildren". Hello Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Princess Beatrice 'ecstatic' after passing A-levels". Daily Mail. London. 17 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Princess Beatrice Celebrates An Election Win". The Royalist. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  10. ^ Nicholl, Katie (8 September 2007). "Princess Bea the style queen... she can't get it from Mum!". Daily Mail. London. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Moore, Matthew (25 April 2010). "Princess Beatrice becomes first royal to complete London Marathon". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  12. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (28 September 2007). "Princess Beatrice to appear in film about Victoria's royal ascent". Daily Mail. London. 
  13. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (23 June 2013). "PHOTOS: Prince Harry Attends A Wedding With Cressida Bonas... And His Ex, Chelsy Davy". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Nolan, Steve (8 June 2013). "Princess Beatrice relaxes with boyfriend Dave Clark on luxury yacht during sunshine break on the French Riviera". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Nicholl, Katie (11 August 2011). "Is lovestruck Princess Beatrice set to become a Virgin bride?". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Evans, Becky (22 June 2013). "Radiant Princess Beatrice arrives at society wedding of the year with boyfriend Dave Clark and sister Eugenie in tow". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Newscore (11 May 2011). Princess Beatrice's ridiculed wedding hat to be sold on eBay. New York Post
  18. ^ "Princess Beatrice's hat worn at the royal wedding sells for $123,325". Herald Sun. Australia. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  19. ^ Mary-Jayne McKay (5 April 2012). "Princess Beatrice helps queen with Maundy Thursday tradition". CBS News. United States. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  20. ^ Princess Marie Louise (1979). My Memories of Six Reigns. London: Evans Brothers Ltd. Queen Victoria's habit may have been influenced by Imperial Austrian protocol where junior archduchesses had similar specific roles at Court.
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ "Court Circular 24 November 2014". 
  23. ^ "Court Circular 21 May 2014". 
  24. ^ "HRH Princess Beatrice of York becomes patron of York Musical Society". 
  25. ^ Rayner, Gordon (19 April 2013). "Princess Beatrice becomes patron of dyslexia charity". The Daily Telegraph. London. 

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Born: 8 August 1988
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