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Beatrice began her early education at the independent Upton House School in Windsor, in 1991. From there, she and her sister both attended the independent Coworth Park School from 1995.
Beatrice continued her education at the independent St George's School in Ascot, where she was a pupil from 2000 to 2007. Beatrice was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven and went public with the diagnosis in 2005. Because of her dyslexia diagnosis, she delayed sitting her GCSE exams for one year. She remained at St George's to take her A-Levels, gaining a grade A in drama, and B grades in history and film studies. She was elected Head Girl in her final year, and was a member of the school choir.
In an interview to mark her 18th birthday, Princess Beatrice said that she wanted to use her position to assist others through charity work; she had already undertaken charitable duties alongside her mother through the various organisations the Duchess supported. During the summer of 2008, Beatrice volunteered as a sales assistant at Selfridges. She also worked at the Foreign Office's press office for a period of time without receiving a salary. It was also reported in 2008 that the Princess was interested in pursuing a career at the Financial Times website.
The Princess celebrated her 18th birthday with a masked ball at Windsor Castle in July 2006. Her official birthday portrait was taken by Count Nikolai von Bismarck. Beatrice was the first member of the family to appear in a non-documentary film when she had a small, non-speaking role as an extra in The Young Victoria (2009), based on the accession and early reign of her ancestor, Queen Victoria. For a while, she was a paid intern at Sony Pictures, but resigned after the hacking incident that affected the company in late 2014. In April 2015, it was reported that Beatrice had decided to move to New York City. As of April 2017, the Princess has a full-time job and splits her time between London and New York City. She is known as Beatrice York in her professional life and works as the Vice President of Partnerships and Strategy at Afiniti. She has supported the Kairos Society, a non-profit organisation of entrepreneurs at universities in China, Europe, India and the USA.
In 2006, Beatrice was briefly in a relationship with Paolo Liuzzo, an American whose previous charge for assault and battery caused controversy at the time. For ten years, until July 2016, Beatrice was in a relationship with Virgin Galactic businessman Dave Clark.
In 2002, Beatrice visited children living with HIV in Russia, and, in Britain, she supported Springboard for Children (a literacy project for primary-school children with learning difficulties) and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
In April 2010, running to raise money for Children in Crisis, she became the first member of the royal family to complete the London Marathon. Princess Beatrice is the patron of Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, which supports children with life-shortening conditions in West Yorkshire and North Manchester. At the April 2011 wedding of her cousin Prince William, Beatrice's unusual fascinator, designed by Philip Treacy, received much attention from the public and the media. The following month, the hat was auctioned for £81,000 on eBay, with the proceeds going to two charities:UNICEF and Children in Crisis.
Princess Beatrice and the Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen to the traditional Royal Maundy services on 5 April 2012 in York. There, Beatrice interacted with parishioners, received flowers from the public, and assisted the Queen as she passed out the official Maundy money to the pensioners. In the lead up to the 2012 Summer Olympics Princess Beatrice welcomed the Olympic flame on the steps of Harewood House near Leeds. In 2013, Beatrice and her sister promoted Britain overseas in Germany. She also visited the Isle of Wight in 2014, whose governor was Beatrice's namesake Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria.
In November 2012, Beatrice became a patron of the York Musical Society. In April 2013, she became royal patron of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, a charity that she credits with helping her overcome her own academic challenges resulting from dyslexia. She accompanied her father during an official engagement in the United Arab Emirates on 24 November 2014.
In 2016, Beatrice along with her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, and sister Eugenie collaborated with British contemporary artist Teddy M to create the first ever royal graffiti. The painting on canvas, titled Royal Love, was painted at Royal Lodge and exhibited in London prior to being sold for a five figure sum. Proceeds from the sale of the painting were donated to Children in Crisis. In 2018, Children in Crisis merged with Street Child, a children's charity active in multiple countries, with Beatrice serving as its ambassador. The Princess is also a supporter of the Pitch@Palace initiative, a charity founded by her father to support entrepreneurs with the amplification and acceleration of their business ideas.
In October 2016, rumours of a rift between Prince Andrew and Prince Charles over the future roles of Beatrice and Eugenie were widely reported in the media. The Duke of York subsequently issued a statement describing the story as a "complete fabrication".
Beatrice is the founder of Big Change, a charity that she established together with six of her friends with its main goal being encouraging young people to develop skills "outside a traditional academic curriculum". In 2012, she climbed Mont Blanc in aid of the charity, and together with Richard Branson and his children participated in the fundraising challenge Virgin Strive Challenge in 2016 which involved climbing Mount Etna.
Beatrice at the Web Summit 2018 Forum, November 2018
In 2017, the Princess helped promote the anti-bullying book Be Cool Be Nice, and gave an interview to Vogue at a House of Lords event, speaking about her own experiences with being bullied for her fashion choices in her early adulthood. She was later named as one of the best-dressed royals by Hello! magazine in 2017. In October 2018, she undertook an extended tour of Laos to "raise the profile of the UK" in the country, and also participated in the Luang Prabang Half Marathon for Children.
In March 2019, Beatrice was elected to the board of the UK charity the Outward Bound Trust as a trustee, after her father took over the patronage from her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. In May 2019, she was honoured at a gala in New York City for her work with Friends Without a Border.
Titles, styles and arms
Titles and styles
Beatrice was from birth a British princess entitled to the style of Royal Highness. She is thus known as "Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York".
A coronet composed of four crosses formy and four strawberry leaves.
Quarterly 1st and 4th gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or 2nd Or a lion rampant gules within a double tressure flory counterflory gules 3rd azure a harp Or stringed argent.
Dexter a lion rampant gardant Or imperially crowned proper, sinister a unicorn argent, armed, crined and unguled Or, gorged with a coronet Or composed of crosses patée and fleurs de lis a chain affixed thereto passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back also Or.
The whole differenced by a label of five points argent, the centre and exterior points each charged with a bee volant proper.
The princess's personal standard is that of the sovereign in right of the United Kingdom, labelled for difference as in her arms. (In Scotland: )
As with the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom. The first and fourth quarters are the arms of England, the second of Scotland, the third of Ireland. The use of three bees in her arms continues the trend in royal heraldry (cf. the arms of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge) of using charges from the maternal line: her mother's coat of arms features a bee. It can also be considered a pun on the name Beatrice, an unusual example of canting in modern royal arms.
^British princes and princesses such as Princess Beatrice do not normally use a surname. When needed, the surname for male-line descendants of Elizabeth II is usually Mountbatten-Windsor, although Beatrice has also used her father's territorial designation, York.
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