Princess Beatrice

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Princess Beatrice (Beatrice Elizabeth Mary; born 8 August 1988) is a member of the British royal family. She is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is ninth in line of succession to the British throne, followed by her sister, Princess Eugenie.

Princess Beatrice
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Princess Beatrice at the Web Summit 2018 Forum in Lisbon, Portugal
Born (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 32)
Portland Hospital, London, England
Spouse
(m. 2020)
HouseWindsor
FatherPrince Andrew, Duke of York
MotherSarah Ferguson

Early life and educationEdit

Birth and namingEdit

Beatrice was born at 8:18 pm on 8 August 1988 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.[2] 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.[3][4] Her name, an unexpected choice, was not announced until almost two weeks after her birth.[5]

EducationEdit

Beatrice began her early education at the independent Upton House School in Windsor, in 1991.[6][7] From there, she and her sister both attended the independent Coworth Park School from 1995.[8]

Beatrice continued her education at the independent St George's School in Ascot, where she was a pupil from 2000 to 2007.[9] She was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven and went public with the diagnosis in 2005.[10] She delayed sitting her GCSE exams for one year. She remained at St George's to take her A-Levels. She was elected Head Girl in her final year,[8][11] and was a member of the school choir.[12] After two years' study she gained a grade A in drama, and B grades in history and film studies.

In September 2008, Beatrice started a three-year course studying for a BA in history and history of ideas at Goldsmiths College, London. She graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.[8][13]

Personal interestsEdit

In an interview to mark her 18th birthday, Beatrice said she wanted to use her position to assist others through charity work;[14] she had already undertaken charitable duties alongside her mother through the various organisations the Duchess supported.[8] During the summer of 2008, Beatrice volunteered as a sales assistant at Selfridges.[15] She also worked at the Foreign Office's press office for a period of time without receiving a salary.[16] It was also reported in 2008 that Beatrice was interested in pursuing a career at the Financial Times website.[17][18]

Beatrice celebrated her 18th birthday with a masked ball at Windsor Castle in July 2006.[19] Nikolai von Bismarck took her official birthday portrait. [20] 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.[21] For a while, she was a paid intern at Sony Pictures, but she resigned after the hacking incident that affected the company in late 2014.[22] In April 2015, it was reported that Beatrice had decided to move to New York City.[23] As of April 2017, Beatrice has a full-time job and splits her time between London and New York City. She is known as Beatrice York in her professional life and is Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti.[24] She is also in charge of an Afiniti programme to engage senior business chiefs around the world to support women in leadership.[25] She works with the programme through charity endeavours and speaking engagements.[26] She has supported the Kairos Society, a nonprofit organisation of entrepreneurs at universities in China, Europe, India and the USA.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2006, Beatrice was briefly in a relationship with Paolo Liuzzo, an American whose previous charge for assault and battery caused controversy at the time.[28] For ten years, until July 2016, she was in a relationship with Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark.[29][30]

In March 2019, Beatrice attended a fundraising event at the National Portrait Gallery, London, accompanied by property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the son of Alex Mapelli-Mozzi, a former British Olympian and descendant of the Italian nobility; the BBC describes Edoardo as "also a count", like his father.[31][32][33][34] The couple are believed to have begun dating in 2018. Together, they attended the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor, Beatrice's second cousin once removed.[35] They became engaged in Italy in September 2019, with their engagement formally announced by the Duke of York's Office on 26 September.[36]

The wedding was scheduled to take place on 29 May 2020 at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace, followed by a private reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace,[37] but first the reception and then the wedding itself were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[38][39] The wedding was eventually held in private on 17 July 2020, at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Royal Lodge, Windsor, and was not publicly announced in advance.[40] Beatrice's father walked her down the aisle. She wore the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara that was also worn by the Queen at her own wedding, and a remodelled Norman Hartnell dress that was loaned by the Queen.[41]

Princess Beatrice has a stepson, Christopher Woolf (born 2016), her husband's child from a relationship with architect Dara Huang.[42]

ActivitiesEdit

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)[43] and the Teenage Cancer Trust.[44]

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.[45] Beatrice is the patron of Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, which supports children with life-shortening conditions in West Yorkshire and North Manchester.[46] At the April 2011 wedding of her cousin Prince William, Beatrice's unusual fascinator, designed by Philip Treacy, received much attention and derision from the public and the media. The following month, the headpiece was auctioned for £81,000 on eBay, with the proceeds going to two charities:[47] UNICEF and Children in Crisis.[48]

Beatrice and the Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen to the traditional Royal Maundy services on 5 April 2012 in York. 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.[49] In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds.[50] In 2013, Beatrice and her sister promoted Britain overseas in Germany.[51] She also visited the Isle of Wight in 2014, whose governor was Beatrice's namesake Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria.[52][53]

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

In November 2012, Beatrice became a patron of the York Musical Society.[54] 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.[13] She accompanied her father during an official engagement in the United Arab Emirates on 24 November 2014.[55]

In 2016, Beatrice, her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, and her sister, Eugenie, collaborated with British contemporary artist Teddy M to create the first ever royal graffiti. The painting on canvas, Royal Love, was painted at Royal Lodge and exhibited in London before being sold for a five-figure sum. Proceeds from the sale were donated to Children in Crisis.[56] In 2018, Children in Crisis merged with Street Child, a children's charity active in multiple countries, with Beatrice serving as its ambassador.[57] She is also a supporter of the Pitch@Palace initiative, a charity her father founded to amplify and accelerate entrepreneurs' business ideas.[27]

Beatrice took part in a South Asia Tour 2016 that lasted nine days. She visited Nepal, India, and Bhutan on behalf of the Franks Family Foundation (FFF), and Jamgon Kongtrul Eyes Centres, a free micro-surgical cataract programme in technical collaboration with Nepal's Tilganga Eye Centre under Nepali eye surgeon Sanduk Ruit's direction.[58] A few weeks later she attended the 2016 Asia Game Changer Awards Dinner at the United Nations in New York City, which honoured Ruit and others. Beatrice and Charles Rockefeller presented Ruit with his Asia Society Asia Game Changer award.[59]

In October 2016, rumours of a rift between Prince Andrew and Prince Charles over Beatrice's and Eugenie's future roles were widely reported.[60] The Duke of York subsequently issued a statement calling the story a "complete fabrication".[61][62]

 
Houlin Zhao, Princess Beatrice and Tedros Adhanom at a special UN Broadband Commission Dinner, September 2017

Beatrice is the founder of Big Change, a charity she established with six of her friends to encourage young people to develop skills "outside a traditional academic curriculum".[8][63] In 2012, she climbed Mont Blanc in aid of the charity.[8] In 2016, with Richard Branson and his children, she participated in the fundraising challenge Virgin Strive Challenge, which involved climbing Mount Etna.[64][65]

In 2017, Beatrice helped promote the anti-bullying book Be Cool Be Nice, and gave an interview to Vogue at a House of Lords event, speaking about her own experiences with being bullied for her fashion choices in her early adulthood.[66][67] Hello! magazine later named her one of the best-dressed royals.[68] In October 2018, she undertook an extended tour of Laos to "raise the profile of the UK" there, and also participated in the Luang Prabang Half Marathon for Children.[69]

In March 2019, Beatrice was elected to the board of the UK charity the Outward Bound Trust as a trustee, after her father took over the patronage from her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.[70] In May 2019, she was honoured at a gala in New York City for her work with Friends Without a Border.[71]

ArmsEdit

Coat of arms of Princess Beatrice
 
Notes
The princess's 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.
Adopted
18 July 2006
Coronet
A coronet composed of four crosses formy and four strawberry leaves.
Escutcheon
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.
Supporters
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.
Banner
  The princess's personal standard is that of the sovereign in right of the United Kingdom, labelled for difference as in her arms. (In Scotland:  )
Symbolism
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: her mother's coat of arms features a bee. It can also be considered a pun on the name Beatrice, an unusual example of canting in modern royal arms.

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Princess Beatrice
Born: 8 August 1988
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duke of York
Succession to the British throne
9th in line
Followed by
Princess Eugenie
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Autumn Phillips
Ladies Followed by
Princess Eugenie