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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

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 in line to succeed her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

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

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Beatrice was in a long-term relationship with Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark until July 2016.[12][13][14][15]


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

Princess Beatrice attends garden parties and receptions at Buckingham Palace.[16]

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:[17] it was sold for £81,000 with the money split between UNICEF and Children in Crisis.[18]

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.[19] In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Princess Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds.[20] In 2013, 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.

In November 2012, Beatrice became a patron of the York Musical Society.[21] 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.[22] She accompanied her father during an official engagement in the United Arab Emirates on 24 November 2014.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25][26][27] Blunt later claimed that the story had been fabricated.[28]

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. ^ "(Supplement) no. 51436". The London Gazette. 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 "Princess Beatrice". Duke of York. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Princess Beatrice calls her dyslexia 'an opportunity' as she talks with British schoolchildren". Hello Magazine. 
  7. ^ "Princess Beatrice 'ecstatic' after passing A-levels". Daily Mail. London. 17 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Princess Beatrice Celebrates An Election Win". The Royalist. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Moore, Matthew (25 April 2010). "Princess Beatrice becomes first royal to complete London Marathon". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  11. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (28 September 2007). "Princess Beatrice to appear in film about Victoria's royal ascent". Daily Mail. London. 
  12. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (23 June 2013). "PHOTOS: Prince Harry Attends A Wedding With Cressida Bonas... And His Ex, Chelsy Davy". Huffington Post. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Nicholl, Katie (11 August 2011). "Is lovestruck Princess Beatrice set to become a Virgin bride?". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  15. ^ 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. 
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  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. ^ "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. 
  21. ^ "HRH Princess Beatrice of York becomes patron of York Musical Society". 
  22. ^ Rayner, Gordon (19 April 2013). "Princess Beatrice becomes patron of dyslexia charity". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  23. ^ "Court Circular 24 November 2014". 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ 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. 
  26. ^ 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 
  27. ^ 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 
  28. ^ "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. 

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Princess Beatrice of York
Born: 8 August 1988
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of York
Line of succession to the British Throne
7th position
Followed by
Princess Eugenie of York
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Preceded by
Autumn Phillips
HRH Princess Beatrice of York
Followed by
Princess Eugenie of York