Speculation is rife at the moment as to whether HRH Princess Beatrice of York will decide to marry boyfriend Dave Clark. The two have been seeing each other for over 6 years and many speculate that the time may be right soon for the two to marry.
Princess Beatrice of York is 6th in line to the throne, she isn’t expected to lead a life of royal engagements or public duties the Palace have made quite clear, but she is still a member of the Royal Family and has patronages and performs some engagements in her own right.
If she were to marry Dave Clark, a few things would change.
Firstly, it would be unlikely (but not completely impossible) that Dave Clark would be granted a title by Her Majesty, meaning he would remain a commoner.
If he was granted a title, it would likely be a non-royal peerage such as an Earldom, though this in itself is unlikely, as previously explained.
Because a woman takes her husband’s style and precedence unless hers is higher, (which it is), her precedence will not be affected.
She may choose, however, to follow past precedent and style herself as Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, Mrs Dave Clark or even just privately style herself as Mrs Clark. Equally she may choose just to continue being Princess Beatrice.
Traditionally, female royals drop their territorial designation when they marry, so either way, she probably wouldn’t be referred to as Princess Beatrice of York any more (rather just Princess Beatrice).
It is highly unlikely that the wedding would be a public event like that of Princess Beatrice’s cousin, Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, but likely to be a private family affair like that of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall.
Most likely, Dave Clark and Princess Beatrice would take up private residence together rather than occupying a royal palace, though they could well have St James’s Palace as a residence, where Beatrice already holds a flat.
Princess Beatrice would require Her Majesty The Queen’s consent to marry and even if the Succession to the Crown Act were in force, she would because she is one of the first six in line to the throne.
At the moment however, this is just speculation and we won’t find out for sure whether they are to marry until in about a month’s time (traditional gap between engagement and announcement in most royal cases).