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GALLERY: Beatrice and Eugenie, Royal Sisters


They’re thick as thieves and always spotted together at royal events and charity functions. On what would have been Princess Beatrice’s wedding day—a day that surely would have included a major role for Princess Eugenie—let’s take a look through a gallery of sisterly pictures.

A Family Portrait, July 1998

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The York Sisters grew up in Windsor, attending the same schools and being cared for by their parents, Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, who divorced in 1996. Throughout the years, they have been photographed at charity functions with their mum and dad as well as when supporting their own causes.

With The Spice Girls, December 1999

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Like any ’90s kids, the York Sisters loved the Spice Girls. As they have grown, they continue to enjoy nights out that now include their significant others.

London Summer Olympics, August 2012

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The York Sisters were pictured at many Olympic events in 2012, cheering on Team GB and their cousin, Zara, who won a silver medal in the team equestrian event.

The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, July 2014

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“We get on fantastically well, perhaps because we do and think different things… like all sisters, we have silly arguments about unimportant stuff, but we do love each other to death,” Princess Eugenie said in an interview with the Telegraph in 2008.

WE Day UK, March 2018

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In a speech, Princess Beatrice spoke about finding your passion, never giving up, and said “…you don’t have to face anything alone. Not illness, not bullying, not anxiety or stress at school or at home. You can reach out to others. You should reach out to others. Find someone in your life you can confide in, and if you feel you can’t share with those closest to you, there are so many resources available.”

Trooping the Colour, June 2018

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Every June, the York Sisters can be spotted in the Trooping the Colour carriage procession as well as standing close together on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the flypast afterwards.

Princess Eugenie’s Wedding, October 2018

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At Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018, her older sister gave a reading from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Eugenie chose that particular passage, the wedding programme said, because the description of Jay Gatsby’s smile reminded her of now-husband Jack Brookbanks’s smile.

“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. Precisely at that point it vanished—and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.”

Royal Ascot, June 2019

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In an interview with British Vogue for its September 2018 issue, Princess Beatrice said about their roles as princesses with day jobs, “There is no precedent, there is no protocol. We are the first: we are young women trying to build careers and have personal lives, and we’re also princesses and doing all of this in the public eye.”

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Jess is a communications professional and freelance writer who lives in Halifax and has a passion for all things royal, particularly the British Royal Family.