Princess Eugenie of York

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Princess Eugenie
Eugenie at her first royal engagement, opening Teenage Cancer Trust's unit in Leeds, October 2008
Full name
Eugenie Victoria Helena[1]
HouseHouse of Windsor
FatherPrince Andrew, Duke of York
MotherSarah, Duchess of York
Born(1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 22)
Portland Hospital, London
ReligionChurch of England
 
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Princess Eugenie
Eugenie at her first royal engagement, opening Teenage Cancer Trust's unit in Leeds, October 2008
Full name
Eugenie Victoria Helena[1]
HouseHouse of Windsor
FatherPrince Andrew, Duke of York
MotherSarah, Duchess of York
Born(1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 22)
Portland Hospital, London
ReligionChurch of England
The Royal Family of the
United Kingdom
and the
other Commonwealth realms
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HM The Queen
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh


Princess Eugenie of York (play /ˈjuːʒəni/[2] Eugenie Victoria Helena; born 23 March 1990) is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. As such she is sixth, and the second female, in the line of succession to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms.

Her first royal engagement was opening Teenage Cancer Trust's unit for young cancer patients in Leeds on 23 October 2008.[3] She also makes appearances with the Royal Family at events, such as when she and her sister, Princess Beatrice, represented their father at a service of thanksgiving for her late aunt Diana, Princess of Wales, in 2007.

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Early life

Princess Eugenie was born in London at the Portland Hospital on 23 March 1990, the second child of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, and sixth grandchild of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She is also a distant cousin of her late aunt Diana, Princess of Wales, whose father was John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer for Eugenie's mother Sarah, Duchess of York is a direct descendant of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, daughter of John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer, (via Georgiana's illegitimate daughter Eliza Courtney). She was baptised at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, by the Bishop of Norwich, on 23 December 1990, she was the first royal baby to have a public christening, and her godparents were James Ogilvy (her father's second cousin), Captain Alastair Ross (who was unable to attend), Mrs Ronald Ferguson (her maternal grandfather's 2nd wife), Mrs Patrick Dodd-Noble, and Miss Louise Blacker.[4] She was named after Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, the daughter of Princess Beatrice, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria, and Princess Helena, Victoria's third daughter.[5] She and her sister are the only granddaughters of the Queen to hold the title of Princess of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the style Her Royal Highness: although their cousin, Lady Louise Windsor, is legally a princess, in accordance with Letters Patent issued by King George V, she is not styled as such at the request of the Queen and her parents; their other female first cousin, Zara Phillips, is the Queen's granddaughter through the female-line, therefore allowing her only the title and style of her father, who has none.

Eugenie is also the first British Princess since her grandmother's aunt, Princess Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary (known as Princess Mary), to bear the name Victoria; Queen Victoria had requested that her female descendants bear the name Victoria somewhere in their name, however, neither Elizabeth II, the late Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra, Princess Anne, nor Princess Beatrice hold the name Victoria.

Princess Eugenie with her father and sister being driven away from St Paul's Cathedral following the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, 5 June 2012.

Princess Eugenie's parents divorced when she was 6 years old. However, when she was not at school, her time was spent with her family, as the divorce had been amicable and the Duke and Duchess of York had agreed to joint custody of the girls. Eugenie and her sister regularly travel abroad with one or both of their parents. In the April 2008 issue of Tatler, Eugenie described her grandmother as "one of the most amazing women ever," and her parents, as "the best divorced couple" she knew. When Princess Eugenie turned seventeen, she underwent orthodontic treatment, like her sister. She had her orthodontic appliances on for two years before they were taken off.

In October 2002, Eugenie, then aged twelve, underwent back surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, to correct scoliosis. She still has the two titanium rods in her back that were put in place in 2002.[6] She made a full recovery and is not hereby expected to undergo any further surgery for the condition.

Education

Eugenie began her schooling at Winkfield Montessori from 1992 to 1993. From there she joined her sister at Upton House School in Windsor until 1995. She attended Coworth Park School from 1995 to 2001, and then St George's School, near Windsor Castle until 2003. For the next five years, Eugenie boarded at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, gaining A-Level grades of A in art and English literature and B in history of art.[7] She undertook a gap year before continuing her education in the autumn of 2009. Eugenie began studying Combined Honours BA at Newcastle University[8] in September 2009, combining Art History, English Literature and Politics. She completed her studies in 2012, earning a 2:1 in English literature and history of art.[9]

Official duties

Princess Eugenie riding in a carriage with her father and sister at Trooping the Colour, 16 June 2012.

Princess Eugenie has undertaken limited public duties as her university studies took precedence. Her engagements are often done in conjunction with charities her mother supports, including the Teenage Cancer Trust. As a member of the British Royal Family, Princess Eugenie is frequently seen at important Royal events, such as the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in London.

On 2 June 2011 Princess Eugenie, with her father, visited the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. This was one of her first official engagements. In April 2012 she signed on to be patron for the Hospital's Redevelopment Appeal, this was her first official patronage.

Titles and styles

Royal styles of
Princess Eugenie of York
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Reference styleHer Royal Highness
Spoken styleYour Royal Highness
Alternative styleMa'am

The Princess' style and title in full: Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York. As a British princess, Eugenie holds no surname; however, as with the other male-line grandchildren of Elizabeth II, she uses the name of the area over which her father holds title, i.e. York (as Prince Harry use Wales, per his father, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales). Past precedent is that such surnames are dropped from usage in adulthood, after which either title alone, or Mountbatten-Windsor is used.[10] Upon her marriage, if applicable, she will have the option of taking her husband's surname/title, although she will independently retain her Royal status (and be styled HRH) throughout her life.

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Princess Eugenie of York
Born: 23 March 1990
British royalty
Preceded by
Princess Beatrice of York
Line of succession to the British Throne
6th position
Succeeded by
The Earl of Wessex
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Princess Beatrice of York
Ladies
HRH Princess Eugenie of York
Succeeded by
Lady Louise Windsor