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Who Is the Queen's Granddaughter, Princess Beatrice?

The young royal is much more than just a statement hat aficionado.
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Hats are a must at any British wedding, but for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal nuptials back in 2011, Princess Beatrice almost stole the spotlight with a meme-worthy fascinator.

Her look was the talk of the internet, even spawning its own parody Facebook account (which has sadly since been taken down), so in advance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, we're checking back in with the 29-year old granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth. Here's everything you need to know about Princess Beatrice of York.

BEATRICE IS THE ELDEST DAUGHTER OF PRINCE ANDREW AND SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK.


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Sarah, Duchess of York leaves the Portland Hospital in London holding baby Princess Beatrice on August 12, 1988.

She was born on August 8, 1988, and at the time of her birth, Buckingham Palace released a brief statement: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:18 p.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both well.”

Per the Associated Press, the little princess's full name, Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, was announced several days later on August 22. She was named after the youngest of Queen Victoria's children.

Beatrice has one sister, Princess Eugenie, who is engaged to be married later this year. Their parents divorced in 1993, but are known to remain close. As Beatrice's sister Eugenie put it, "They are the best divorced couple I know."

BEATRICE IS CURRENTLY SEVENTH IN LINE TO THE THRONE.

At the time of her birth, Beatrice was fifth in the order of succession, just behind her father, Prince Andrew; her birth pushed her Uncle, Prince Edward down a spot. Following the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Beatrice was bumped down to seventh, and will become eighth in line to the throne when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child arrives in April.

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Beatrice and her sister Eugenie are known as "blood princesses" meaning that they are born royal instead of marrying into the family.


Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, with Princess Beatrice at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1990.

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SHE'S EXTREMELY CLOSE WITH HER YOUNGER SISTER EUGENIE.

Of their relationship, Eugenie told the Telegraph, "We get on fantastically well, perhaps because we do and think different things...Like all sisters, we have silly arguments about unimportant stuff, but we do love each other to death."


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Princess Eugenie and Beatrice at the Royal Ascot in 2017

In addition to her family members, Beatrice appears to have a wide circle of well-known friends. For example in September of 2016, she was photographed at the U.S. Open in a booth alongside David Geffen, Karlie Kloss, Ivanka Trump, and Wendi Deng among others.

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UNLIKE SOME OF HER COUSINS, BEATRICE IS NOT A WORKING ROYAL.

Following university at Goldsmiths College in London she entered the professional world, and has held several positions over the past few years. According to her LinkedIn page, she is currently the vice president of partnerships and strategy at Afiniti.com, a New York City-based artificial intelligence company, But her role within the family has sparked controversy in the past.

Following speculation that Prince Andrew was upset over her daughters' smaller roles within the royal family, he issued a statement saying, "As a father, my wise for my daughters is for them to be modern working young women, who happen to be Members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building their careers."

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In addition to her work in business, Beatrice is also charitable patron of several organizations, mainly focusing on children's welfare and education, according to her father's website. Given that HRH is dyslexic, many of the organizations she supports are centered around learning difficulties.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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