The royal family is an endless source of fascination for fans all over the world. From the ongoing saga of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to the future plans of Prince William and Kate Middleton, it seems as though there is always something going on within the centuries-old dynasty.
However, a few members of the royal family prefer to fly under the radar, and to pursue their own careers, all while remaining a part of certain family traditions and events.
Princess Beatrice was born in 1988, the first child to Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. As the first royal baby to be born in quite some time, there was great media excitement surrounding Princess Beatrice’s birth.
Still, her parents worked to keep her out of the spotlight for much of her early life, and she was able to enjoy a happy, relatively peaceful childhood, in spite of the fact that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson divorced when she was only eight years old.
Princess Beatrice was very involved in educational and extracurricular pursuits when she was younger and went to some of the very best schools in England. As such, she had a wealth of opportunities ahead of her, and in 2011, she graduated from Goldsmiths College with a BA in History.
Princess Beatrice also lent her time to various charitable efforts, doing volunteer work alongside her mother, Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Beatrice occupies a very unique space within the royal family. She is not one of the “working royals” – that is, she doesn’t perform royal engagements full-time and has her own career.
Still, she does attend various royal family events throughout the year, mainly the ones that are considered to be of the greatest importance, such as the Royal Ascot. Princess Beatrice is also usually present at special family occasions like weddings or baptisms.
After her university graduation, Princess Beatrice set off on building a career. She worked at Sony for some time before making a move to the venture capital firm Sandbridge.
During this time, Princess Beatrice (known as Beatrice York for professional purposes) divided her time between New York City and the United Kingdom.