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Princess Beatrice of York

Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Lady Melissa Percy, 22 June 2013
Born (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988
Portland Hospital, London, England
Full name
Beatrice Elizabeth Mary[note 1]
House House of 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 first child and elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is seventh, and the second female, in line to succeed her grandmother, Elizabeth II. After the birth of her first cousin once removed, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Beatrice moved from sixth to seventh in the line of succession. Consequently, she no longer needs the permission of the sovereign of the UK to marry, as only the first six individuals in the line of succession require such permission. Beatrice worked at Sony Pictures Television Studios from January 2014 to January 2015.[1][2]

While studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, Princess Beatrice was not expected to undertake regular royal duties, although she did make appearances at some events; for instance, she and her sister, Princess Eugenie of York, represented their father at a service of thanksgiving for her aunt, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 2007.


  • Early life 1
  • Education 2
  • Personal interests 3
  • Activities as a member of the Royal Family 4
  • Titles, styles and arms 5
    • Titles and styles 5.1
    • Arms 5.2
  • Ancestry 6
  • Notes 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Beatrice was born on 8 August 1988, at 8:18 pm at the Portland Hospital,[3] 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 The Hon Mrs John Greenall; and Mrs Henry Cotterell.[4][5] 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.[6] Her name, an unexpected choice, was not announced until almost two weeks after her birth.[7] As a male-line grandchild of the Sovereign, Beatrice was styled Her Royal Highness with the title Princess Beatrice of York.


Beatrice began her early education at the independent Upton House School in A-Levels, gaining a grade A in drama, and B grades in history and film studies.[9] She was elected Head Girl in her final year.[10]

In September 2008, Beatrice began studying history at Goldsmiths, University of London[11] and graduated in 2011, with a 2:1 degree (BA) in History and History of Ideas.[12]

After leaving her job at Sony Pictures Television in January 2015, Beatrice began a finance course in America. It is unknown where she is studying or for how long. [13]

Personal interests

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.[14] 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.[15]

Beatrice has also been involved in the film industry, becoming the first member of the Royal Family to appear in a non-documentary film when she made a brief non-speaking appearance as an extra in The Young Victoria (2009), based around the accession and early reign of Beatrice's ancestor, Queen Victoria. Beatrice had a minor, non-speaking role in a number of scenes.[16]

Beatrice is in a long-term relationship with the 32-year-old Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark.[17][18][19][20]

Activities as a member of the Royal Family

Princess Beatrice with her sister at Trooping the Colour, June 2013.
The infamous fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

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 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. Nonetheless, in May 2011, the hat was offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay with the proceeds going to charity:[21] it was sold for £81,000 ($123,325), with the money split between Unicef and Children in Crisis.[22] A few months later Princess Beatrice was seen at the wedding of her cousin Zara Phillips to Rugby player Mike Tindall.

Princess Beatrice performed her highest profile royal duties to date when she 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.[23] This recalls Queen Victoria's habit of having her royal granddaughters attend her at particularly important events or meetings.[24] In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Princess Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds.[25]

Princess Beatrice accompanied her father during an official engagement in the United Arab Emirates on 24 November 2014.[26] 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.[27]

In November 2012, Beatrice became a patron of the York Musical Society.[28]

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.[29]

Titles, styles and arms

Titles and styles

While the announcement of the Princess's name as Beatrice was made some two weeks after her birth, she 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.


Arms of Princess Beatrice of York
The Princess' personal coat of arms is the shield of the arms of the sovereign in right of the United Kingdom, differenced by a label of five points bearing three bees in reference to her forename and maternal arms.
18 July 2006
A coronet composed of four crosses formy and four strawberry leaves.
Quarterly 1st and 4th gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or 2nd Or a lion rampant gules within a double tressure flory counterflory gules 3rd azure a harp Or stringed argent.
Dexter a lion rampant gardant Or imperially crowned proper, sinister a unicorn argent, armed, crined and unguled Or, gorged with a coronet Or composed of crosses patée and fleurs de lis a chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back also Or.
Other elements
The whole differenced by a label of five points argent, the centre and exterior points each charged with a bee volant proper.
The Princess' personal Royal Standard is that of the sovereign in right of the United Kingdom, labelled for difference as in her arms.
As with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom. The first and fourth quarters are the arms of England, the second of Scotland, the third of Ireland. The use of three bees in her arms continues the trend in royal heraldry (cf. the arms of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge) of using charges from the maternal line (The Ferguson arms feature a crest bearing a bee). It can also be considered a pun on the name Beatrice, an unusual example of canting in modern royal arms.



  1. ^ As a titled royal, Beatrice holds no surname, but, when one is used, it is either Mountbatten-Windsor or her father's territorial designation, York.


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  2. ^
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 51436. p. 9105. 10 August 1988.
  4. ^ Speers, W. "Princess Beatrice Gets 5 Godparents". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Yvonne's Royalty Home Page – Royal Christenings
  6. ^ Biography of Beatrice of York
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  8. ^ "Princess Beatrice calls her dyslexia 'an opportunity' as she talks with British schoolchildren". Hello Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Princess Beatrice 'ecstatic' after passing A-levels". Daily Mail (London). 17 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "Princess Beatrice Celebrates An Election Win". The Royalist. Retrieved 26 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Aislinn Simpson (30 June 2009). "Palace officials spent £250,000 renovating Princess Beatrice apartment". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Princess Beatrice receives 2:1 in her history degree". Daily Mirror (London). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  13. ^,,20395222_20903599,00.html
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Moore, Matthew (25 April 2010). "Princess Beatrice becomes first royal to complete London Marathon".  
  16. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (28 September 2007). "Princess Beatrice to appear in film about Victoria's royal ascent". Daily Mail (London). 
  17. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (23 June 2013). "PHOTOS: Prince Harry Attends A Wedding With Cressida Bonas... And His Ex, Chelsy Davy". Huffington Post. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Nicholl, Katie (11 August 2011). "Is lovestruck Princess Beatrice set to become a Virgin bride?". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Newscore (11 May 2011). Princess Beatrice's ridiculed wedding hat to be sold on eBay. New York Post
  22. ^ "Princess Beatrice's hat worn at the royal wedding sells for $123,325". Herald Sun (Australia). 22 May 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Princess Beatrice helps queen with Maundy Thursday tradition". CBS News (United States). 5 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ "Court Circular 24 November 2014". 
  27. ^ "Court Circular 21 May 2014". 
  28. ^ "HRH Princess Beatrice of York becomes patron of York Musical Society". 
  29. ^ Rayner, Gordon (19 April 2013). "Princess Beatrice becomes patron of dyslexia charity". The Daily Telegraph (London). 

External links

  • Profile at the Official Website of The Duke of York
  • Princess Beatrice reveals secrets
  • Illustrated biography of Princess Beatrice
  • Princess Beatrice joins race to be first across Olympic finish line (2012 Olympic games)
  • Princess Beatrice of York at the Internet Movie Database
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
Succeeded by
Princess Eugenie of York
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Autumn Phillips
HRH Princess Beatrice of York
Succeeded by
Princess Eugenie of York
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