15 Fascinating Facts About Princess Beatrice
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice has been maintaining a somewhat lower profile than her sister, HRH Princess Eugenie, which makes these fun facts about the newly-married Princess Bea even more interesting.
Princess Beatrice a natural ginger
Like her mum, Sarah, Duchess of York (the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York), Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice is a natural redhead. Her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, appeared to have red hair at her wedding, but that’s because she dyed it shortly before the big day. Find out 14 things you may not have known about Princess Eugenie.
Eight is clearly her lucky number
The firstborn child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his then-wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice was born on the eighth day of August in 1988 and is currently the eighth in the line of succession to the throne of the United Kingdom and its 15 other Commonwealth realms.
She’s been bumped down in line… quite a few times
When she was born, Princess Beatrice was the fourth in the line of succession to the throne and the first female. But when Prince William began having children, Beatrice lost her spot first to Prince George, then to Princess Charlotte, and then to Prince Louis.
She’s not a “working member” of the royal family
While Princess Beatrice is a grandchild of the Queen (the fifth, after Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, Prince William, and Prince Harry), and can often be seen at important royal family events, she doesn’t carry out duties in the Queen’s name (nor does her sister, Princess Eugenie). Rather, she has a full-time career in business, working at Afiniti.com.
Even so, she finds it challenging to strike a balance
Being a royal with a full-time career outside the royal family can be “hard to navigate,” Princess Beatrice has been quoted as saying. “There is no precedent, there is no protocol.” The same applies to her sister, Eugenie, but both princesses seem to be handling it seamlessly thus far. Psst—this is the difference between a princess and a duchess.
She’s close with the Queen
Princess Beatrice’s mum, Sarah Ferguson, is the ex-wife of Prince Andrew and has had somewhat of a contentious relationship with some members of the royal family. But Bea’s grandmum, Queen Elizabeth II, does not hold that against her and is actually quite close with the princess. For example, the Queen was on hand to help Princess Beatrice celebrate her 30th birthday at Balmoral in Scotland in August 2018. Here are 18 more things you didn’t know about Sarah Ferguson.
She’s named after an aunt of the Queen
Princess Beatrice, baptized Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York, was named after Queen Victoria’s youngest child (out of nine) and dearest companion in her later years as well as the editor of her personal diaries: Princess Beatrice, who later became Princess Henry of Battenberg, and whose only daughter was Princess Victoria Eugenie. Of course, Bea was given her first middle name, Elizabeth, after Queen Elizabeth II and her second middle name, Mary, after Queen Mary of Teck (the mother of King George VI and Elizabeth II’s grandmother). Don’t miss these other fascinating facts about the British royal family.
She’s had a role in a Hollywood film
Princess Beatrice played a lady-in-waiting in the 2009 film, The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria. The film was produced by Martin Scorsese and by Sarah, Duchess of York, and it drew the ire of Queen Elizabeth II for perpetuating certain historical inaccuracies.
She powered through a learning disability
Princess Beatrice is dyslexic and as such is interested in charities involved with dyslexia and learning difficulties. Beatrice’s openness in discussing her learning disability has proven an inspiration to many, including Tina Turner.
She has struggled with her weight
Princess Beatrice’s mum, Sarah, is famous for her struggles with her weight and even worked as a Weight Watcher’s spokesperson. “I think over-eating sort of runs in the family,” Sarah told the press in reference to the fact that she had put Princess Beatrice on a diet at the age of eight.
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She’s a marathon-runner
In 2010, Princess Beatrice became the first royal to complete the London Marathon. (Check out more hobbies of the British royal family.) “She and a group of friends wore colourful tutus and legwarmers for the race to draw attention to ‘Team Caterpillar,'” in support of several children’s charities, including Children in Crisis, which was founded by Sarah, Duchess of York.
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