Saturday, August 8, 2015

Royal Profile: Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York

Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born 8 August 1988, as the elder of the two daughters of the Duke and Duchess of York {Source}. She has one sister, Princess Eugenie{Source}.

She was christened on 20 December 1988 at Chapel Royal at St. James Palace with the following as godparents {Source}:
  1. David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linely (her paternal 1st cousin 1x removed)
  2. The Duchess of Roxburghe (now Lady Jane Dawnay)
  3. Peter Palumbo (friend of her parents)
  4. Carolyn Cotterell (friend of her parents)
  5. Gabrielle Greenall (friend of her parents)

She attended a variety of schools throughout the United Kingdom. She began her education at Upton House School, before moving on to Coworth Park School and finally off to St. George's School, Ascot{Source}. She obtained A-Levels in Drama, History, and Film Studies in 2007{Source}.From 2007-2008, she took a gap year where she partied in Thailand with a group of friends {Source}, visited with her mother and boyfriend in the United States (where they were both residing at the time) {Source}, worked as a personal shopper in Selfridges, and visited Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland {Source}
In September 2008, she resumed her studies at Goldsmiths College, London, where she obtained a 2:1 degree in History and History of Ideas in 2011{Source}.

Princess Beatrice is also active in charity work. She is patron of several organizations{Source}:

  1. Children in Crisis (Global Ambassador, 2007)
  2. Teenage Cancer Trust (Ambassador, 2010)
  3. The Big Change Charitable Trust (2012, founder/trustee)
  4. York Music Society (2012)
  5. The York Theatre Royal (2013) {Source}
  6. The Sick Kids Friends Foundation (2013) {Source}
  7. Broomwood African Education Foundation (2013)
  8. Forget Me Not Children's Hospice (2013)
  9. Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre (2013)

In April 2010, she 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{Source}.

In addition to her numerous charitable efforts and duties as part of the British Royal Family, she spent time working full time in finance{Source}. Since last summer, she has moved on from the financial end of business to a general business job{Source}. The Princess does not receive any money from the tax payers or civil list, however, her father does pay for her and her sister's shared 4 bedroom apartment at St. James Palace and their security team.

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