A modern day Princess or royal epitomizes the French term “noblesse oblige,” which means they are honor bound to tackle civic duties.
A lot of people wonder; what does Princess Beatrice of York do for the public? Does she embody what a modern day princess or royal represents? Does she benefit her country in a good light? If so, how does HRH support her county and people?
The Role of a British sovereign is clear, to provide representation of the united kingdom and the commonwealth realms, with the help of the extend British royal family. While, Princess Beatrice might not have an official role and might never have one. (which is a shame.) As a blood princess, she does have an unspoken duty to her family and her country.
Royal events-Princess Beatrice does attends yearly events along with other members of the british royal family, such as the Trooping of the colours , Easter service,The Chelsea Flower Show, an occasional Garter Service, Royal Ascot, Services of Thanksgiving, Royal Maundy Service (2012), Christmas service, Garden Parties, and yes even weddings count, they are part of the royal events, etc.
Representing Britain overseas and around the UK– While it was never an official role Princess Beatrice and her sister have promoted Britain overseas via Germany in 2013. HRH also visited The Isle of Wight in 2014. Princess Beatrice officially named two school buildings, in honor Of Queen Elizabeth II 60th year of accession, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates in 2014. In 2016, Princess Beatrice went on a nine day tour of south Asia. Princess beatrice often opens/visits schools and hospitals when she’s requested to do so around the UK.
Achievement and recognition – The royal family often gives medals/trophies and honors to individuals of achievements- In 2013- Princess Beatrice presented a trophy during the British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. In 2014. She also presented the Ribblesdale Stakes trophy during day three at Ascot race. Now, horse races aren’t my ideal thing, but you get the picture. In 2015 Princess beatrice attended the FIA Formula E London ePrix championship, and presented the wining trophy with her mother.
Reception/Banquet Dinners- Yes, she does go to them at times. In 2012 Princess Beatrice attended a reception, a Lunch For Sovereign Monarchs at Windsor Castle, and she attended a Diamond Jubliee reception at Guildhall. In 2013 Princess Beatrice greeted Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin during a reception for Youth, Education and the Commonwealth. Not forgetting- The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2013. In Berlin The York princesses were invited to a reception held by the British ambassador to Germany (2013). HRH attended theThe Queen’s Young Leaders Programme reception in 2015
Special ceremonies/occasions-Princess Diana’s memorial service-2007. Prince William’ and kate’s wedding, 2011. Easter Maundy service in 2012. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee -2012. Princess Beatrice also greeted the olympic torch in 2012. Queen’s Coronation anniversary, 2013.
Supporting Military Service- Princess Beatrice has shown her support to Blemsa in 2013.The Limbless Veterans is a national charity that directly supports all of our Service men and women who have lost limbs and the use of limbs or the loss of eyesight in the honourable service of Britain. In 2013, Princess Beatrice became patron of Fashion For The Brave and attended the event, in aid of The Household Cavalry Foundation and The British Forces foundation. She also gone to various poppy balls that were in aid of military service. In 2014, Princess Beatrice was at the Invictus Games Reception .
Patronages and charity work-Princess Beatrice has shown a great interest in charity work through out the years. She attends quite a few charity events during the year, and hosts fundraising dinners at the palace when she needs to.
In April 2010, HRH became the first member of the Royal Family to complete the London Marathon, running with friends to raise money as part of ‘Team Caterpillar’, which supported a number of charities.
Most notably in 2011, HRH auctioned off her world famous wedding hat, The one that she wore at her cousin, Prince William’s wedding. It auctioned on Ebay for £81100.01 ($ 131,341.) Proceeds from the auction benefited The Little Bee Initiative, a campaign set up by the princess to benefit UNICEF UK and Children in Crisis, according to the listing.
Princess Beatrice officially attended The NSPCC Art Gala fundraiser (2015), on behalf of HM The Queen, who is a patron of the charity.
Princess Beatrice, along with six friends, founded The Big Change Charitable Trust, which identifies and supports projects that improve the lives of young people. The Big Change also works in partnership with charitable projects throughout the UK which inspire and encourage young people to be the very best that they can be. In September 2012, HRH alongside her fellow founders climbed Mont Blanc in The Big Change’s first fundraising project: The Big Climb. The Big change, also helps organize the Virgin Strive challenge events.
In May, 2016, HRH was a Judge of Oscar’s Book Prize, a children’s book award paying tribute to Oscar Ashton’s love of stories. The award aims to highlight the importance of reading with children.
September 2016, HRH became the first royal to complete a grueling 4 day triathlon for Big Change’s- Strive Challenge 2016. Princess Beatrice swam 3.3km in open water, swimming across the straits of Messina to Sicily. She biked a total of 140 km up a mountain over the last two days; including a10km hike up the top of MT Etna. Bea’s fundraising raised £12,666.36, roughly around $16,000. In total HRH completed 6,000m in altitude by bike and foot.
Princess Beatrice is Patron of the York Musical Society, the York Theatre Royal, The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Broomwood African Education Foundation, The Berkshire Community Foundation, English National Ballet School, and Fashion For the Brave (2013). HRH is also an Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Junior Ambassador for Children in Crisis . Princess Beatrice is dyslexic and as such is interested in charities involved with dyslexia and learning difficulties and is Patron of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. (Yes, I copied and pasted from the DOY’s site.)
She has shown her support to various other charities such as Springboard for children, Elephant family, WE Day UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, BCG Partners Charity Day, Masterpiece Marie Curie cancer care events, and the The Caudwell Children Butterfly Ball, etc.
The Yorks initiated the Key to freedom clothing Line in 2012. Key to Freedom has been set up to support the Women’s Interlink Foundation (WIF) by giving them a platform to sell their products. WIF works across West Bengal, India, helping vulnerable young women develop skills to earn an income. Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, both supporting the initiative by buying scarves.
Not saying she’s a saint that can do no wrong, but she does a decent job representing the role of a modern day princess, even if it’s on an unofficial level. as most of her events aren’t even on the court circular.