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Princess Eugenie
Mrs Jack Brooksbank

Full name
Eugenie Victoria Helena
Born 23 March 1990 (age 30)
Portland Hospital, London
Spouse Jack Brooksbank (m. 2018)
House Windsor
Father Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Mother Sarah Ferguson
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United Kingdom
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Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank (Eugenie Victoria Helena; born 23 March 1990) is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. As of May 2019, Eugenie is 10th, and the third female, in the line of succession to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms.

Her first royal engagement was opening Teenage Cancer Trust's unit for young cancer patients in Leeds on 23 October 2008. She also makes appearances with the Royal Family at events, such as when she and her sister, Princess Beatrice, represented their father at a service of thanksgiving for her late aunt Diana, Princess of Wales, in 2007.

Early lifeEdit

Princess Eugenie was born at the Portland Hospital on 23 March 1990 at 7:58 in the evening,[1] the second child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, and sixth grandchild of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

On 30 March, the seventh day after her birth, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of York had named her Eugenie Victoria Helena.[2] Eugenie is the first Princess since her grandmother's aunt, Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary (known as Princess Mary), to bear the name Victoria; Queen Victoria had requested that her female descendants bear the name Victoria somewhere in their name, however, neither Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra, Princess Anne, nor Princess Beatrice hold the name Victoria.

She was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, by the Bishop of Norwich on 23 December 1990.[3] She was the first royal baby to have a public christening and the only one of the Queen's grandchildren not to be baptised in the Lily Font.[4] Her godparents were James Ogilvy (her father's second cousin), Captain Alastair Ross (who was unable to attend), Susan Ferguson (her maternal grandfather's second wife), Julia Dodd-Noble, and Louise Blacker.

Princess Eugenie's parents divorced when she was 6 years old. However, when she was not at school, her time was spent with her family, as the divorce had been amicable[5] and the Duke and Duchess of York had agreed to joint custody of the girls.[6] Eugenie and her sister regularly travel abroad with one or both of their parents. In the April 2008 issue of Tatler, Eugenie described her grandmother as "one of the most amazing women ever," and her parents, as "the best divorced couple" she knew.[7]

In October 2002, Eugenie, then aged twelve, underwent back surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, to correct scoliosis.[8] She still has the two titanium rods in her back that were put in place in 2002.[9][10] She made a full recovery and is not expected to undergo any further surgery for that condition.[11]

Education Edit

Eugenie began her schooling at Winkfield Montessori from 1992 to 1993. From there she joined her sister at Upton House School in Windsor until 1995. She attended Coworth Park School from 1995 to 2001, and then St George's School, near Windsor Castle until 2003. For the next five years, Eugenie boarded at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.[12] She undertook a gap year before continuing her education in 2009. Eugenie began studying at Newcastle University in September 2009, combining Art History, English Literature and Politics. She completed her studies in 2012, earning a 2:1 in English literature and history of art.

In 2013, she moved to New York City for one year to work for the online auction firm Paddle8 as a benefit auctions manager.[13]

In July 2015, she moved back to London to work for the Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director and was promoted to be a director in 2017.[14][15]

Activities Edit

Princess Eugenie does not carry out public duties and receives no allowance from the Privy Purse. She undertakes minimal public engagements, which are usually connected with the charities she supports, including the Teenage Cancer Trust and Children in Crisis. In 2018, Children in Crisis merged with Street Child, a children's charity active in multiple countries, with Eugenie still serving as an ambassador.

Eugenie and her sister represented their father at a service of thanksgiving for her aunt, Diana, Princess of Wales, in 2007. In 2008, she performed her first solo public engagement, opening a Teenage Cancer Trust's unit for young cancer patients in Leeds.

On 2 June 2011, Eugenie visited the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) with her father as one of her first official engagements. In April 2012 she agreed to be patron for the Hospital's Redevelopment Appeal, which was her first patronage. In 2014, Eugenie re-opened the children's unit at the RNOH. In 2014, she partnered with Daisy London Jewellery to create a limited edition charity bracelet to benefit the RNOH's Appeal.

In January 2013, Eugenie and her sister, Princess Beatrice, visited Berlin and Hanover in Germany for a series of engagements. These included representing the Queen at the reopening of the former Hanoverian royal palace, the Schloss Herrenhausen, which was bombed by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

In 2016, Princess Eugenie, along with her mother and sister, collaborated with British contemporary artist Teddy M to create the first ever Royal graffiti. The painting on canvas, titled Royal Love, was painted at Royal Lodge and exhibited in London prior to being sold for a five-figure sum. Proceeds from the sale of the painting were donated to the charity Children in Crisis.

Princess Eugenie and her sister became Patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust in June 2016. She is also Patron of the Coronet Theatre, the European School of Osteopathy, the Tate Young Patrons and, alongside her mother, the Elephant Family, of which her uncle and aunt, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, are joint presidents. In 2016, Eugenie visited a safe house run by The Salvation Army and met with victims of sexual abuse and modern slavery.

In October 2016, rumours of a rift between Prince Andrew and Prince Charles over the future roles of Eugenie and Beatrice were widely reported in the media. The Duke of York subsequently issued a statement describing the story as "complete fabrication".

In 2017, Eugenie became the ambassador for the Artemis Council of the New Museum, a by-invitation membership initiative focused solely on supporting female artists. Eugenie also became an ambassador of Project 0 in 2018, a charity which in partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue, focuses on protecting the ocean from plastic pollution. In July 2018, in her capacity as director of the Anti-Slavery Collective, Eugenie spoke at the NEXUSGlobal Summit at the UN headquarters in New York to discuss ending of modern slavery. In September 2018, she travelled to Serbia to visit ASTRA and ATINA, two grantees of the UN Trust Fund which fight against the issues of human trafficking and violence against women.

Personal life Edit

Engagement Edit

Main article: Engagement of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank

The Duke of York's Office at Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on 22 January 2018. The couple had been dating for seven years, and were first introduced by friends in a ski break in Verbier, Switzerland, where Brooksbank was working. Brooksbank proposed on one knee in Nicaragua, as the couple holidayed; he did not present a ring at the time, but had bought an oval-cut Padparadscha sapphire beforehand. Upon their return, he and Princess Eugenie worked on the design of a ring together; the finished design was the salmon-pink sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds, set on a gold band, with two further diamonds on the shoulders.

In April 2018, the couple moved from St James's Palace and took up residence in Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Marriage Edit

Main article: Wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank

The wedding took place at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 12 October 2018. The wedding dress was designed by the British fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos of British-based label Peter Pilotto.

Titles, styles and honorsEdit

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 23 March 1990 – 12 October 2019: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York
  • 12 October 2019 – present: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York,Mrs Jack Brooksbank

As a male-line grandchild of the sovereign, Eugenie is known as "Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York", with the territorial designation coming from her father's title, Duke of York. Since her marriage, she has been styled "Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank", in the Court Circular.

She and her sister are the only granddaughters of the Queen to hold the title of princess and the style Her Royal Highness: although their cousin, Lady Louise Windsor, is legally a princess, in accordance with Letters Patent issued by King George V, she is not styled as such at the request of the Queen and her parents; their other female first cousin, Zara Phillips, is the Queen's granddaughter through the female-line, therefore allowing her only the title and style of her father, who has none.

References Edit

  1. No. 52087The London Gazette. 26 March 1990. p. 7027.
  2. Buckingham Palace announcement, 30 March 1990
  3. The Baptism of Britain's New Princess, Eugenie, Is a Real Howl. People
  4. Prince George's christening gown: the true story. The Telegraph
  5. From Prince Andrew, critical words for U.S. on Iraq. The New York Times. We have managed to work together to bring our children up in a way that few others have been
  6. 1992: Fergie and Andrew split. BBC
  7. Princess Eugenie: Little Princess Sunshine. The Telegraph
  8. Princess Eugenie to have spine op. BBC
  9. Princess Eugenie's story. Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  10. Princess Eugenie bravely shares scoliosis X-rays revealing metal pins and rods in her spine. Hello!
  11. Princess Eugenie: orthopaedic surgeons saved me from curved spine. The Telegraph
  12. Why everyone wants a Marlborough missus. The Telegraph
  13. Princess Eugenie Moves to New York City, Walks to Work Every Day. US Magazine
  14. 'People may be surprised to learn I have a job': Princess Eugenie talks Netflix, Zara and walking in heels with Harper's Bazaar US. The Telegraph
  15. Princess Eugenie promoted to role of director in job. Hello!

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