With all the hoopla over Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle, you may have forgotten there are other millennials in the royal family! Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York are the daughters of Prince Andrew (Prince Charles’s brother) and Sarah Ferguson, whom Andrew divorced in 1996. And these women have kept the public’s interest their whole lives — between their charitable works, their unique claims to fame, and their fascinating fascinators.
Beatrice, for example, was the highest-ranking female in the British line of succession until Kate welcomed Princess Charlotte. She was born on Aug. 8, 1988, but her name wasn’t announced for another two weeks. The name choice, selected to honor Queen Victoria’s fifth daughter, carried 100-1 odds at the time. “Not one punter backed ‘Beatrice,’” a bookmaker told the LA Times.
Beatrice attended the Coworth Park School, then St. George’s School, where she was elected Head Girl, and then London’s Goldsmith College, where she studied history. Only after her graduation did she reveal she has dyslexia. Now she’s a patron of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Another trivia tidbit: this now-29-year-old also became the first member of her family to appear in a non-documentary film when she took a background part in the 2009 movie The Young Victoria.
Princess Eugenie, meanwhile, is eighth in the line of succession to the British throne. She was born on March 23, 1990, and named after Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, a Queen Consort of Spain and the daughter of the aforementioned Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria. Princess Eugenie, 27, has a first, too: she was the first royal baby to have a public christening.
She too attended Coworth Park School and St. George’s school, but then she attended Marlborough College and Newcastle University — even though she was initially denied admission to the latter institution, according to The Telegraph.
Just last year, Beatrice and Eugenie made headlines when they joined mom Sarah and artist Teddy M to create the first “royal graffiti”, according to GQ, to support the charity Children in Crisis. Being so far from the throne has its perks — you get to get your hands dirty!