Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie joined their mother for a virtual celebration of the Teenage Cancer Trust and praised her work with the charity.
The Yorks were joined on the call by chief staff at the charity, key volunteers and other spokespeople, including The Who’s Roger Daltrey.
“I just can’t get over this feeling, when I look around the room, and I’m just in awe of every single person,” Princess Beatrice said in the video, which was released on YouTube by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The staff talked about various initiatives over the years, including sharing Stephen’s Story and the Find Your Tumour Campaign. Then, the York princesses shared how they became involved, mainly thanks to their mother, Sarah, Duchess of York.
“Mum, thanks to your energy, as well as everybody else on the call, we are one big Teenage Cancer Trust family for the last 30 years, and we will continue to be, with your spirit embedded into the very core of this of the organisation,” Princess Beatrice said.
“We’re very honoured to be here, but we wouldn’t be here unless you educated us in how we give back to people,” Princess Eugenie added, before tearing up and holding her hand in front of the camera. “I’m going to cry! Stop it!”
After she composed herself, Princess Eugenie added: “Thank you for everything you’ve done, and that you do for the charity, and for us.”
“The real truth about it is thank you all because I’ve met these incredible children, teenagers and young adults in the units,” Sarah said. “Realising that these people deserve to dare to dream to have a life, and because of you you’ve given them a life.”
In a separate statement, Sarah added: “Since I opened the first special unit for young people 30 years ago, 27 others have been established right across the U.K., and the nurses and youth support teams that work within them are absolute heroes. My daughters and I are so proud to be part of the Teenage Cancer Trust family, and part of these 30th-anniversary celebrations.”