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Happy Birthday Beatrice: 32 facts about Princess Beatrice of York


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As Princess Beatrice marks her 32nd birthday, here are 32 facts about the princess!

  1. In a very soothing numerical pattern, Princess Beatrice was born on 8 August 1988 at 8:18 pm at the Portland Hospital in London.
  2. At the time of her birth, Princess Beatrice was fifth in line to the British throne and the first female in the line of succession. As of her 32nd birthday, she is ninth in line and the second female in the line of succession (after her cousin Princess Charlotte of Cambridge).
  3. Princess Beatrice is the first child of The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.
  4. Princess Beatrice’s name was not announced for nearly two weeks. She is reportedly named for Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter.
  5. Princess Beatrice was christened on 20 December 1988. and her godparents are the 2nd Earl of Snowdown, Lady Jane Dawnay, Peter Palumbo, Gabrielle Greenall, and Carolyn Cotterell.
  6. Princess Beatrice has one younger sister, Princess Eugenie, who was born on 23 March 1990.
  7. Princess Beatrice attended Upton House School in Windsor in 1991. She then attended, with her sister, Coworth Park School, and finished her secondary schooling at St. George’s School in Ascot, where she was Head Girl in her final year, graduating in 2007.
  8. Princess Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven but didn’t go public with the diagnosis until 2005.
  9. Princess Beatrice gave her first official interview to Tatler and appeared on the magazine’s cover in September 2005. In the interview, she revealed, “I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s. I love being who I am and feel very happy with that.”
  10. Princess Beatrice marked her 18th birthday in 2006 with a costume ball at Windsor Castle. The theme was 1888, a century before her birth, and she wore a gold and blue Marchesa gown.
  11. Princess Beatrice spent her gap year in Australia, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States.
  12. Princess Beatrice studied History and History of Ideas at Goldsmith College in London, beginning her studies in 2008 and graduating in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.
  13. Princess Beatrice was the first member of the Royal Family to appear in a motion picture when she appeared as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria in the 2009 film Young Victoria. The role was non-speaking and the film was produced by her mother.
  14. Princess Beatrice was also the first member of the Royal Family to participate in the London Marathon, which she ran in 2010 to raise money in support of Children in Crisis.
  15. Princess Beatrice made international news with the fascinator she wore to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011. She later auctioned it off on eBay for £81,000 and donated the proceeds to UNICEF and Children in Crisis. She wrote in the auction page, “I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have.”
  16. Princess Beatrice founded, with her friends, The Big Change Charitable Trust in 2012 to be a “catalyst for change” for charitable endeavours.
  17. In 2012, Princess Beatrice climbed Mont Blanc to raise money for The Big Change Charitable Trust.
  18. Princess Beatrice interned at Sony Pictures but resigned in 2014 following the hacking scandal at the company.
  19. Princess Beatrice moved to New York in 2015 and now splits her time between New York and London.
  20. Princess Beatrice is a Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy for Afiniti, a software company.
  21. Princess Beatrice goes by the name Beatrice York in a professional capacity.
  22. Princess Beatrice has visited Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and the Isle of Wight to promote British interests alongside Princess Eugenie.
  23. Princess Beatrice dated a man named Dave Clark for 10 years. The couple broke up in July 2016.
  24. In 2016, Princess Beatrice accidentally slashed Ed Sheeran’s face with a ceremonial sword at a party.
  25. As a non-working member of the Royal Family, Princess Beatrice does not carry out engagements on behalf of The Queen. However, in February 2018, she received her own listing in the Court Circular for the very first time.
  26. Princess Beatrice began dating Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2018.
  27. Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended their first public event in March 2019, at a fundraiser at the National Portrait Gallery.
  28. Princess Beatrice’s engagement to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was announced on 26 September 2019 by The Duke and Duchess of York. Her engagement ring features a central diamond flanked by diamonds.
  29. Princess Beatrice is close friends with American model Karlie Kloss.
  30. Princess Beatrice’s wedding day was set for 29 May 2020 at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace in London with a reception to follow at Buckingham Palace. In March 2020, the UK government announced weddings would stop in the short term because of the coronavirus pandemic and in April 2020, Buckingham Palace officially announced that Princess Beatrice’s wedding would be postponed due to the pandemic.
  31. On July 17th 2020, Princess Beatrice surprised everyone by announcing she had secretly married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private ceremony that morning at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor. Their wedding took place less than two weeks after the government allowed marriages to go ahead again in England.
  32. Princess Beatrice wore a restyled Norman Hartnell dress belonging to her grandmother for her wedding and the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara, also used by the Queen at her own wedding.


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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.