Princess Beatrice, eldest daughter to Prince Andrew, granddaughter to The Queen, was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was seven and the charity Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre helped her overcome the condition to gain eight GCSEs.
Today, it was announced that the 5th in line to the throne would become patron of the charity.
This is one of only a small handful of patronages for Princess Beatrice, bringing her total number to under ten.
Beatrice, as well as gaining eight GCSEs at school, went on to gain a 2:1 degree from Goldsmiths University a few years ago.
In November 2012, Princess Beatrice became the first royal patron of the York Musical Society.
Recently, Princess Beatrice and her sister, Princess Eugenie, have become more involved in royal duties and most notably went to Germany a few months ago and performed duties there promoting British trade, much like their father the Duke of York used to do before he gave up the position of UK trade envoy.
Princess Beatrice said, “I am greatly honoured to become Patron of The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre… I have benefited hugely from their work and I am looking forward to supporting them in giving a chance to others to benefit from their experience and teaching. I would not have been able to achieve my academic results without the support I received from the Centre.”
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