Princess Eugenie was born on 23rd March, 1990 at The Portland Hospital, London. Born Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York, Her Royal Highness is the second child of The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, and sixth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. Princess Eugenie is tenth in the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
Her Royal Highness and Mr. Jack Brooksbank were married on 12th October, 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
HRH started school at Upton House School and Coworth Park School, both in Berkshire. Princess Eugenie went on to attend St. George’s School in Windsor before moving on to Marlborough College in Wiltshire in 2003 from where she completed A levels in Art, English Literature, and History of Art.
HRH studied a Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University in September, 2009, graduating with a 2:1 degree in 2012.
Charities and Patronages
In October, 2002 Princess Eugenie, aged 12, underwent back surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex, to correct a scoliosis condition. As a result of this surgery, HRH is keen to support others going through similar treatments. Princess Eugenie became Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal in April, 2012. As part of the appeal, an accommodation unit at the hospital will be named Princess Eugenie House.
In June 2012, HRH was one of around 3,000 cyclists to take part in Nightrider, a 100km bike ride through London. HRH raised money for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation.
Princess Eugenie, alongside her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, is a supporter of the Elephant Family, a charity campaigning to protect the Asian Elephant and their habitat. HRH visited Tara the Elephant at The Duke of York Square, London, in June, 2015 in support of the charity.
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice became Patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust in June, 2016. Their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, is also a long-term honorary Patron of the charity. The Teenage Cancer Trust supports young people facing cancer.
Princess Eugenie became Patron of the Coronet Theatre, Kensington in November, 2016. The Coronet Theatre is a theatre and art space for Kensington and across London.
HRH became Patron of The European School of Osteopathy in April, 2017. The ESO is a world renowned provider of high quality osteopathic education available from undergraduate and up to postgraduate levels.
Princess Eugenie became Patron of Charity:water in 2017 which is a non-profit organisation bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries and Ambassador for Project 0 in 2018, with the aim of restoring and protecting the oceans.
HRH became a Patron of the Tate Young Patrons in May, 2018. Founded in 2007, the Tate Young Patrons are group of collectors, philanthropists and art enthusiasts aged under 40, who contribute to conserving historic works, acquiring new works for the Tate collection and supporting education and learning programmes.
Also in 2018, Princess Eugenie became a Patron of the Big Cat Sanctuary, a charity protecting Big Cats from extinction.
In 2019, Her Royal Highness became Patron of Horatio’s Garden, a charity that creates beautiful accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres.
Princess Eugenie’s interest in Anti-Slavery was initiated in 2012 following The Duke of York’s Visit to the Women’s Interlink Foundation in Calcutta, India. Her Royal Highness visited herself in 2013 and committed to play a key role in this work. She co-founded The Anti-Slavery Collective with the aim to one day abolish modern slavery by supporting vulnerable women and children. Her Royal Highness joined a UN Mission to Serbia with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women in September 2018.
Princess Eugenie laid a wreath at Westminster Abbey in London during a service to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce and mark the United Kingdom’s commitment to combat modern slavery. The York Family created The Key to Freedom that works with the Women’s Interlink Foundation to sell products in Topshop, the Royal Collection and most recently launch the ‘Eugenie’ scarf in Hobbs to mark her Wedding.
Princess Eugenie works full time in the art world.