Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary of York was born on 8th August, 1988 at The Portland Hospital, London, the first child of The Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York, and fifth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH is seventh, and the 2’nd female, in the line of succession to the throne of the UK and 15 other Commonwealth realms.
She was educated at St. George’s School in Ascot from 2000-2007, completing her A-levels in Drama, History and Film Studies. In her final year at St. George school. Princess Beatrice was Head Girl.
In September 2008, she started a three year course studying for a BA in History and History of Ideas at Goldsmiths College, London. Princess Beatrice graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.
Contending with dyslexia during her own education, Princess Beatrice became involved early on with charities associated with learning difficulties including The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. HRH has also shown her support towards education, philanthropy, and the welfare of women and children. She is also interested in helping those who are less fortunate from around the globe.
In 2007, Princess Beatrice became a global ambassadorship for her mother’s charity, Children In Crisis, founded in 1993 with the aim of educating women and children in some of the world’s poorest countries.
On 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 a ‘Team Caterpillar’, which supported a number of charities.
In 2011, Princess Beatrice’s infamous wedding hat sold for £81100.01 ($ 131,341) to benefit her charity the little bee Initiative that helps, UNICEF UK and the Children in Crisis.
During 2012, Princess Beatrice with six close friends including the children of Sir Richard Branson formed the unique philanthropic organization known as The Big Change, a charitable incubator modeled after technology startups and tasked with identifying and supporting projects that improve the lives of young people. In September 2012, she and her fellow Big Change founders climbed Mont Blanc as part of The Big Climb, the group’s first fundraising project.
2013, The York Princesses did a mini tour of Germany. They were promoting British trade between Germany and Britain.
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.
On October 2016, Princess Beatrice went on a South Asia tour that lasted nine days. She was visiting Nepal, India, and Bhutan on Behalf of the Franks Family Foundation (FFF), Jamgon Kongtrul Eyes Centere’s- free micro-surgical cataract program, is in technical collaboration with Nepal’s Tilganga Eye Centre under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Sanduk Ruit.
The JKEC screened 1,960 patients in 8 remote areas in District Darjeeling prior to the surgical program. Among them, 178 were found suffering from cataract. They were mobilised to JKEC for free surgeries and intra-ocular implants. The oldest was 102 years old, the youngest was 11 years old, and 4 had advanced cataract in both eyes. All surgeries went very well. 100% success!!
The Special Highlight of this program was an informal visit by HRH Princess Beatrice of United Kingdom. She had come to observe Dr. Ruit’s benevolent work. Everyone was touched by her presence and her caring way with our local people. Princess Beatrice’s interest in promoting community eye centres like JKEC touched and inspired JKEF greatly.
HRH is Royal 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 ( only in 2013.) She is also a Junior Ambassador for Children in Crisis, Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust, and is a co-founder of Big Change.
The YorkFamily 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.
Princess Beatrice works full time in business. She currently Lives in New York working as an Associate At Sandbridge Capital.