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Princess Beatrice
Full name
Beatrice Elizabeth Mary
Born 8 August 1988 (age 32)
Portland Hospital, London, England
Spouse Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (m. 2020)
House Windsor
Father Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Mother Sarah Ferguson
Religion Church of England
The Royal Family of the
United Kingdom
and the
other Commonwealth realms
Badge of the House of Windsor.svg

HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


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Princess Beatrice (Beatrice Elizabeth Mary; born 8 August 1988) is the elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is ninth in the line of succession to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms, followed by her sister, Princess Eugenie.

Early life and educationEdit

Birth and naming Edit

Beatrice was born on 8 August 1988 at 8.18 pm at the Portland Hospital,[1] the first child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, and the fifth grandchild of Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.[2]

She was baptized 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); The Hon Mrs John Greenall; and Mrs Henry Cotterell.[3]

Her name, an unexpected choice, was not announced until almost two weeks after her birth.[4] She was named Beatrice after The Princess Beatrice (youngest daughter of Queen Victoria), Elizabeth after her paternal grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Mary after Queen Mary (the The Queen's grandmother) and after the Duchess' mother's second name.[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] Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven and went public with the diagnosis in 2005.[10] Having been diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, she delayed sitting her GCSE exams for one year. She remained at St. George's to take her A-Levels, gaining a grade A in drama, and B grades in history and film studies. She was elected Head Girl in her final year.[8][11] She was also a member of the school choir.[12]

In September 2008, Beatrice went up to read History at Goldsmiths, University of London, and graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree (BA) in History and History of Ideas.[8]

CareerEdit

Beatrice youngvic

Beatrice in The Young Victoria.

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 Coronation of Beatrice's fourth-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. Beatrice had a minor, non-speaking role in a number of scenes.[5]

For a while, she was a paid intern at Sony Pictures, but resigned after the hacking incident that affected the company in late 2014.[13] In April 2015, it was reported that Beatrice had decided to move to New York City.[14]

As of April 2017, the Princess 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 works as the Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti.[15] She also works for the Kairos Society, a non-profit organization of entrepreneurs at top universities in the USA, China, India, and Europe.[16]

Official dutiesEdit

Beatrice has been present at a number of official Royal occasions, such as Trooping the Colour in London, and The Queen's 80th birthday. She and her sister were also guests at the Concert for Diana, in memory of their late aunt organised by their cousins, Princes 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 Prince William and Catherine Middleton. At the wedding, Beatrice's hat 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: it was sold for £81,000 ($123,325), with the money split between Unicef and Children in Crisis.

Patronages Edit

Princess Beatrice 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.[8]

In an interview to mark her 18th birthday, 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 organizations 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. In 2007, she 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.

During the summer of 2008, Beatrice volunteered as a sales clerk at Selfridges, and it was reported Beatrice and a friend have plans to found a fashion label. 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.

Princess Beatrice 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.

She 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.[8]

Personal life Edit

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. For ten years, until July 2016, Beatrice was in a relationship with Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark.[17]

In March 2019, she attended a fundraising event at the National Portrait Gallery, London, accompanied by Count Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, son of Count Alessandro (Alex) Mapelli Mozzi, a former British Olympian.[18] The couple, who are believed to have begun dating in 2018, have also attended their first official royal family event together, the wedding of Beatrice's second cousin once removed Lady Gabriella Windsor.

Engagement Edit

Main article: Engagement of Princess Beatrice of York and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

The engagement of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo "Edo" Mapelli Mozzi was announced on 26 September 2019. The couple became engaged while away for the weekend in Italy earlier that month.[19] As she is currently ninth in line to the British throne, this means that she does not need to permission from the Queen to marry.[20]

Titles, styles, honors and armsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 8 August 1988 – 17 July 2020: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
  • 17 July 2020 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, Countess Mapelli-Mozzi,Nobile Donna

The Princess's style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York. As a British Princess, Beatrice has no official surname; however, she uses the name of the area over which her father holds title, i.e. York (as Prince Harry uses Wales, per his father, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales).

Beatrice and her sister are the only granddaughters of The Queen to hold the title of Princess and the style Her Royal Highness by Letters Patent issued by King George V. However, their cousin Lady Louise Windsor, although she could be formally titled Princess, is styled as the daughter of an Earl, at the request of her parents. Other cousins, Peter and Zara Phillips, are the children of Princess Anne; the title of Prince/Princess is not carried through the female line.

References Edit

  1. No. 51436The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 August 1988. p. 9105.
  2. 1988: Prince Andrew becomes a father. BBC
  3. Speers, W. "Princess Beatrice Gets 5 Godparents". Philadelphia Media Network.
  4. By All Odds, Princess Beatrice Is One for the Books. Los Angeles Times
  5. 5.0 5.1 Things You Didn't Know About Princess Beatrice. Reader's Digest
  6. A look back at royals' first day of nursery photos as one of Princess Charlotte is released. Harper's Bazaar
  7. Royal Baby No. 2: The Perks of Being a Princess (If It's a Girl!). People
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Princess Beatrice. Duke of York's official page
  9. Beatrice starts new school with a hug. The Telegraph
  10. Beatrice is proud to reveal dyslexia, says her mother. The Telegraph
  11. Did you go to the same school as a royal?. Tatler
  12. Princess Beatrice sings to Queen. BBC
  13. Princess Beatrice left job after Sony Pictures hacking attack. The Daily Telegraph.
  14. Princess Beatrice planning US move following criticism over her role. The Telegraph.
  15. Beatrice York. Afiniti
  16. Princess Beatrice on Entrepreneurship, Education, and Living in New York City. Vogue. 24 April 2017
  17. Princess Beatrice said to have split from boyfriend of 10 years Dave Clark. The Telegraph.
  18. Who Is Princess Beatrice's New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Town and Country Magazine.
  19. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are engaged to be married. Buckingham Palace
  20. Princess Beatrice Is Engaged!. Town & Country Mag
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