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Gallery: Princess Beatrice’s early years


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8 August 1988

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At 8:18 p.m. on 8 August 1988, Princess Beatrice was born at the Portland Hospital in London, the same hospital where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would welcome their son, Archie in 2019. Four days after the Princess’s birth, her parents introduced her to the public. Her name would not be released until 22 August. Beatrice is the older daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. She is currently ninth in line to the British throne and is the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

20 December 1988

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The Princess was christened at St James’s Palace. The young royal was christened by John Habgood, Archbishop of York, at the Palace’s Chapel Royal. The Chapel would be designated as the Princess’s wedding venue about 30 years later. The Chapel has hosted many other royal events including the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840.

25 March 1990

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Beatrice’s sister, Princess Eugenie, was born on 23 March at the Portland Hospital in London. Beatrice was taken to meet her new sister two days later.

11 September 1991

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Beatrice began her early education at the independent Upton House School in Windsor. From 1995, Beatrice and her younger sister, Eugenie, attended the independent Coworth Park School.

January 1995

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Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie joined their cousins, Princes William and Harry, for a ski holiday in Klosters, Switzerland.

6 September 2000

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Beatrice continued her education at the independent St George’s School in Ascot. She attended the school until 2007. At the age of seven, Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia. During her time at St George’s, her diagnosis became public. Because of this she delayed her GCSE exams for one year. She remained at St George’s to take her A-levels and was deemed Head Girl in her final year. Beatrice was a member of the school choir. She left St. George’s with three A Levels, obtaining a grade A in Drama and B grades in History and Film Studies.

4 June 2002

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Princess Beatrice made several appearances with the Royal Family as they marked The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Here she is pictured at St Paul’s Cathedral on the day of a special thanksgiving service.

Summer 2006

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The year was filled with special celebrations for Beatrice. The Princess held a masked ball to celebrate her 18th birthday and also attended several gala events to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday. She is seen here at a service of thanksgiving for her grandmother at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor that April.



About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.