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25 facts about Princess Beatrice of York

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice attends the Royal Maundy services with Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of EdinburghHer Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York celebrates her 25th birthday today.  In honour of her 25th birthday, here are 25 facts about Her Royal Highness:

1.  Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born at 08:18 pm on the 8th of August 1988 in the Portland Hospital in London.

2.  Princess Beatrice was named for Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Beatrice, Elizabeth was after her paternal grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and Mary after Queen Mary.

3.  Her Royal Highness was baptised in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on the 20th of December 1988.

4.  Princess Beatrice is the first child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York and fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.  She is sixth (and the first female) in the line of succession to the Throne of the United Kingdom.

5.  The Princess’s style and title in full is Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York.  Should Her Royal Highness marry, she will have the option of taking her husband’s surname or title, although she will retain her Royal status and will be styled Her Royal Highness throughout her life.

6.  St James’s Palace is the official London residence of Princess Beatrice and her younger sister, Princess Eugenie of York.

7.  Her Royal Highness was educated at Upton House School and Coworth Park School.  She then attended St. George’s School in Ascot from 2000 to 2007, completing A-Levels in Drama, History and Film Studies.  Princess Beatrice was elected Head Girl in her final year at St. George’s.

8.  Princess Beatrice travelled to Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States as part of her gap year before going to university.

9.  Her Royal Highness volunteered as a sales clerk at Selfridges in the summer of 2008.

10.  Princess Beatrice graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2011 with a 2:1 degree in History and History of Ideas.

11.  The Princess was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and, in April 2013, became Royal patron of The Helen Arkyll Dyslexia Centre, a charity that she credits with helping her overcome her own academic challenges.  She also supports Springboard for Children, a literacy project for primary school children with learning difficulties.

12.  Her Royal Highness has stated that “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by JK Rowling is one of her favourite books.

13.  Princess Beatrice became the first member of the Royal Family to appear in a non-documentary film when she made a brief non-speaking appearance as an extra in “The Young Victoria”, based around the accession and early reign of her ancestor, Queen Victoria.

14.  Her Royal Highness is patron of the York Musical Society, the York Theatre Royal, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and Broomwood African Education Foundation.

15.  In 2007, Her Royal Highness became a global ambassador for Children in Crisis, a charity founded by her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York in 1993.

16.  Princess Beatrice founded The Big Change Charitable Trust, which supports projects that improve the lives of young people throughout the UK.  In September 2012, Her Royal Highness and her fellow founders of The Big Change Trust climbed Mont Blanc as part of The Big Climb:  The Big Change Trust’s first fundraising project.

17.  Her Royal Highness accompanied her grandparents, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, to the traditional Royal Maundy services at York Minster on the 5th of April 2012.

18.  Princess Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds in the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics.

19.  It was revealed in The Diamond Queen, the BBC’s three-part documentary series celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, that Princess Beatrice had overseen the refurbishment of The Little House, the miniature cottage on the grounds of Windsor’s Royal Lodge, where Her Majesty had played as a child.

20.  Princess Beatrice has a fondness for striking and elaborate hats and fascinators;  the most memorable being the Phillip Treacy creation which she wore to the wedding of  Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.  The hat was auctioned on eBay for £81,100.01 to raise funds for UNICEF and Children in Crisis.

21.  Her Royal Highness and her sister, Princess Eugenie, were asked by Downing Street to travel to Germany in January 2013 to take part in the GREAT campaign to promote UK industry.

22.  In April 2010, Princess Beatrice became the first member of the Royal Family to complete the London Marathon, running with friends to raise money as part of “Team Caterpillar” for a number of charities.

23.  Princess Beatrice has been in a relationship with Dave Clark for the last 6 years. Mr Clark studied with her cousin, Prince William, at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and now works on the Virgin Galactic space tourism project.

24.  Her Royal Highness and her younger sister, Princess Eugenie, attended their first garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2013.

25.  When His Royal Highness The Duke of York launched his updated website in May 2013, it was revealed that Princess Beatrice has a full-time job in the Finance sector.

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