Princess Beatrice was born on 8th August, 1988 at The Portland Hospital, London. Born Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York, Her Royal Highness is the first child of The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and fifth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Princess Beatrice is ninth, and the second female, in the line of the succession to the throne of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
HRH started school at Upton House School, Berkshire, before attending Coworth Park School. Princess Beatrice went on to St. George’s School in Ascot from 2000, where she completed her A levels in Drama, History and Film Studies. During her final year at St. George’s School, HRH was Head Girl.
Princess Beatrice went to University at Goldsmiths College, London in September, 2008, from where she graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 in History and History of Ideas.
Charities and Patronages
HRH is Patron of a number of organisations and focuses the majority of her charitable work around children’s welfare and education. Princess Beatrice is dyslexic and as such is interested in charities involved with dyslexia and learning difficulties.
In 2007, HRH became a global ambassador for Street Child (formally known as Children in Crisis), a charity founded by her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, in 1993. The charity aims to help educate children and women from some of the poorest countries.
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.
HRH, along with six friends, also founded The Big Change Charitable Trust, which identifies and supports charitable projects throughout the UK that improve the lives of young people. In September, 2012, Princess Beatrice alongside her fellow founders climbed Mont Blanc in The Big Change’s first fundraising project: The Big Climb.
In May, 2016, HRH was a Judge of Oscar’s Book Prize, a children’s book award paying tribute to Oscar Ashton’s love of stories. The award aims to highlight the importance of reading with children. Princess Beatrice is now Patron of Oscar’s Book Prize.
Princess Beatrice, alongside Princess Eugenie, became Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust in June, 2016. Her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, is also a long-term honorary Patron of the charity. The Teenage Cancer Trust supports young people facing cancer.
HRH is Patron of the Berkshire Community Foundation, Northwood African Education Foundation, Charity:Water, English National Ballet School, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, The York Theatre Royal and The York Musical Society.
Princess Beatrice works full time in business.