First born daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson, then Duchess of York. Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary was born at the Portland Hospital, August 8 of 1988. She was baptized in the Chapel Royal of St. James Palace in December 20 the same year, having for godparents Viscount Linley, the Duchess of Roxburghe (now Lady Jane Dawnay), Hon Mrs John Greenall and Mrs Henry Cotterell.
Beatrice is the first female in line to the throne and the fifth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. She was named after The Princess Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth II and both Queen Mary and Sarah’s mother (middle name).
As a child Beatrice loved the colour pink and was an ardent fan of Disney’s the Little Mermaid. Polo, riding , skiing , bicycle riding, tennis and golf . She also loves painting , drawing and music (she plays the piano) and singing, she was in the school choir at boarding school.
Known to be close to her grandmother, the Queen, she often enjoys riding with her at Windsor Great Park
She began her early studies in 1991 at Upton House School in Windsor. Later, she and Princess Eugenie would attend Coworth Park School from 1995 onwards; Beatrice would continue her studies in St. George’s School in Ascot from 2000 to 2007. Due to her dyslexia, Beatrice delayed her GCSE exams for a year; she remained in St. George where she obtained her A-Levels on drama (receiving an A) and both history and film studies (obtaining a B). She was also elected Head Girl in her final year.
Beatrice is said to be very good at oral French, drama and numbers.
Beatrice began studying History at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2008., and graduated in 2011 with a 2:1 degree (BA) in History and History of Ideas.
In an interview given to celebrate her 18th birthday, Beatrice said that she would like to use he position to help others via charity work; she’s been involved and supported several charitable organizations that her mother has been involved with. In 2002 Beatrice visited children with HIV in Russia, and began her support for Springboard for Children (literacy program for children with learning difficulties) and the Teenage Cancer Trust. Beatrice volunteered work as a sales clerk in Selfridges in 2008 and in 2010 she became the first member of the Royal family to complete the London Marathon, running in benefit of Children in Crisis.
In an interview with Tatler magazine, accompanied by several glamourous photographs, given to mark her seventeenth birthday, Beatrice stated that she didn’t see herself “as a stereotypical Princess” and ” I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone else, I love being who I am and I feel very happy with that.” She spoke of her father, the Duke of York as “very kind and thoughtful.” Beatrice was described as being “charming, polite and chatty, with a raucous laugh.”
Beatrice acted as an extra in the movie “The Young Victoria” in 2009.
The Princess made the headlines in 2006 when it was publicised that she had formed a relationship with Paolo Liuzzo, a 24 year old American who had pleaded guilty to assault and battery in the 2002 death of a fellow College of the Holy Cross student. The relationship has since ended.
At the wedding of her cousin, Prince William to Catherine Middleton, Beatrice’s hat stirred some fashion controversy. Beatrice would later auction the hat and split the money between Unicef and Children in Crisis (the hat went off to win £81,000 or 123,325 USD).
Beatrice has been present on many official Royal functions, but has no official role herself. Her highest of the royal duties she has taken part in, is the Maundy Thursday services at York Minister, in which she accompanied the Queen. Other than the Duke of Edingburgh, she was only member of the royal family to do do. In November of 2012, she became the first Royal Patron of the York Musical Society. In this past January, Beatrice, alongside her sister Princess Eugenie, toured Germany for 2 days in behalf of the GREAT Campaign that aims to promote the UK at the request of Prime Minister Cameron.
It has recently been announced that she’s to be a Patron of the center that helped her overcome her dyslexia: The Hellen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.
She wanted the fact that she suffers from dyslexia to be made public knowledge to help others with the condition. She was reported to have said ” I have been given circumstances that anyone would wish for and I do believe that I must do something good with it. That was one of the reasons why I came out publicly to let people know I am dyslexic. It was my decision to do that as it is a problem helped by more people knowing about it.”
Her doting father, the Duke of York is reported as saying of his elder daughter ” Beatrice is the responsible one - her sense of duty and concern for others is amazing.
Since 2006 she has been in a stable relationship with Dave Clark and is currently working for a venture capital firm.
Queen Elizabeth was joined by The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Beatrice today at Ascot. Her Majesty’s horse, Estimate, had entered the race looking to take home its fourth win and was widely expected to take home the trophy, however he slipped under pressure and came in 7th place.