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Princess Eugenie attends opening of Elephant Family exhibit

Of late, there has been great controversy surrounding whether the York sisters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, should become working, full-time members of the Royal Family. Her Majesty has denied them this role.

Even before this feud between the princesses’ father, Prince Andrew and their uncle, Prince Charles, began, the two sisters have lent their support to events and causes. Most recently, Princess Eugenie released a powerful video bringing attention to human trafficking.

She continued her charity work by showing her support last evening. Princess Eugenie, along with her boyfriend, Jack Brookbank, attended the opening night of an exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum to benefit the charity, Elephant Family. ‘Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection’ features couture masks of various animals found in the animal kingdom.

This exhibit was held in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, Elephant Family and Swarovski. It is to lead up to the charity’s annual fundraising event, the Animal Ball. During the opening, Princess Eugenie read an excerpt from a book written by Mark Shand, Elephant Family’s Founder.

Whether you believe the York sisters should play a more public role within the Royal Family or not, one thing that can’t be denied is these two women do not always rest on their laurels, as is perceived by the media. Here is a list of past and present charities the York sisters have lent their name to:

Both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie support:
Elephant Family:
This organisation, founded by the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother, Mark, to prevent the extinction of the Asian elephant amongst other animals who share the same habitat.
Great Ormond Street Hospital, Charity Site:
This provides care for children and their families.
Princess Beatrice:
Junior Ambassador for Children In Crisis:
This organisation aims to provide education for children in some of the world’s poorest countries to bring them out of poverty.

Springboard for Children:
They provide literacy centres for children who struggle in the areas of reading and writing.

She auctioned her hat from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding for benefit of Children in Crisis and UNICEF

Climbing Mont Blanc for launch of Big Change

BCG Partners Charity Day:
This charity day aims to raise money for 9/11 victims and their families.

Patron of York Musical Society

Patron of the Hellen Arkell Dyslexia Centre

Princess Beatrice has also attended several charity balls and fundraisers for the following organisations:

Wild for WSPA, The Boodles Ball, The Novak Djokovic Foundation, The Marie Curie Charity Fundraiser and The Clinton and Reuben Foundation.

Princess Eugenie:

Kids Company:
This organisation is known for providing practical, emotional and educational support for vulnerable inner-city children.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, RNOH Redevelopment Appeal:
This provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal healthcare.

Overnight bike ride to benefit the RNOH and Marylebone Cricket Club.

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