Princess Beatrice is no stranger to the royal spotlight. As the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, Beatrice and her younger sister Princess Eugenie have been pillars of the royal family, although both are not officially active members of the monarchy.
On July 17, 2020, all eyes were on Beatrice following the news that she married her Italian fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in a secret ceremony near Windsor Castle. Below we've rounded up what you need to know about the 31-year-old Princess as she embarked on the new chapter of her life.
Princess Beatrice is one of the eight granddaughters of Queen Elizabeth II. She is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York.
Beatrice and Eugenie are only a year apart in age and have maintained a close relationship over the years.
Eugenie spoke to British Vogue about the importance of the two sisters showing their independence and normal upbringing to the world. "We want to show people who we are as hardworking, young, royalty women, but also not be afraid to expose ourselves," she said in an interview.
On July 17, Beatrice married her fiancé, multi-millionaire property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, in a scaled-down ceremony at All Saints Chapel in Windsor's Great Park. The couple were originally set to marry at the Chapel Royal, St James' Palace, and hold a lavish reception in Buckingham Palace Gardens in May, but the couple had to reshape their wedding plans due to the coronavirus pandemic that hit in the spring.
BEATRICE IS ACTUALLY NOT A REAL EMPLOYEE.
Although Beatrice volunteers and attends royal engagements alongside other members of the royal family, she and Eugenie are not part of the Sovereign Grant, meaning they receive no compensation from the Crown for carrying out royal duties. Instead, the two sisters have jobs. Beatrice is thought to be the vice president of partnerships and strategy at Afiniti, an artificial intelligence company based in New York City.
"Beatrice is responsible for managing Afiniti's strategic partnerships as well as growing the company through exclusive initiatives and customer development," her company bio says. The Duke of York's website simply states that she "works full time in the business".
In addition to her career, Princess Beatrice acts as a sponsor for many non-profit organisations. She is a global ambassador for Street Child, a non-profit organisation founded by her mother in 1993. She also works with the Big Change Charitable Trust, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Berkshire Community Foundation, among other organisations.
Princess Beatrice still receives monetary help from her family, mind you. Prince Andrew "financially supports his two daughters from his private income", according to his website. The Duke receives a pension from the Royal Navy, but his expenses are paid from the Queen's private income. The Sovereign Grant - also known as the income from the Crown Estate, which includes the royal palaces and other properties - funds his official travel within the United Kingdom.