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Since yesterday was the 24th birthday of HRH Princess Beatrice of York I thought I would feature her today. Along with her sister, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, they have become more active recently as member of the royal family. Princess Beatrice is the daughter of HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his former spouse, Sarah, Duchess of York. Personally think she has turned out very well and as she has gotten older has grown more dedicated in doing more service work for the royal family. One of her first official duties was accompanying HM the Queen at the Royal Maundy services this past April. She also welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds a few weeks ago as part of the build up to the Olympics.

Beatrice began her formal education at the independent Upton House School in Windsor, in 1991. In 1995 she and her sister both attended the independent Coworth Park School. Beatrice furthered her education at the independent St. George’s School in Ascot from 2000 to 2007. She was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child which delayed her her GCSE exams for one year. Her university studies began in r 2008 where she studied at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated in 2011 BA in History and History of Ideas. Someone that loves history, my kind of gal!

I have a lot of respect for Princess Beatrice. It could be tempting to slide into a life of luxury and frivolous partying as a member of royalty and she has not done that. Although I am sure with the hard working Windsors that type of lifestyle would not be tolerated. She has been very active. She has visited HIV-infected children in Russia as well as Britain. She supported Springboard for Children which is an organization dedicated to assisting children with learning difficulties. She also supported the Teenage Cancer Trust. In April 2010 as part of a group that was raising funds for the group Children in Crisis, she became the first and only member of the Royal Family to complete the London Marathon!

In 2009 Princess Beatrice had a cameo appearance in the movie The Young Victoria (2009), based around the early accession and Coronation of Beatrice’s great-great-great-great-grandmother. I think Princess Beatrice looked more like a young queen Victoria than the actually actress portraying the queen! It is remarkable to see those Hanoverian genes suddenly make a dynamic reappearance in Princess Beatrice.

At 24 this is an impressive resume! I must confess I think HRH has beautiful stunning eyes and is a lovely young woman. I look to the future with eagerness to see how she grows in service to the royal family. At one time there were rumors that the queen would strip Beatrice and her sister of their HRH style when they turned 18. This has not happened and for that I am glad. I think Beatrice is an exceptional royal with a strong and positive future ahead of herself.