Who Is the Queen's Granddaughter, Princess Beatrice?

Caroline Hallemann
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Hats are a must at any British wedding, but for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal nuptials back in 2011, Princess Beatrice almost stole the spotlight with a meme-worthy fascinator.

Her look was the talk of the internet, even spawning its own parody Facebook account (which has sadly since been taken down), but now she's planning a marriage celebration of her own.

Here's everything you need to know about Princess Beatrice of York, the 31-year old-granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, who just announced her engagement.

Beatrice is the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

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She was born on August 8, 1988, and at the time of the her birth, Buckingham Palace released a brief statement: “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of York was safely delivered of a daughter at 8:18 p.m. today. Her Royal Highness and her child are both well.”

Per the Associated Press, the little princess's full name, Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, was announced several days later on August 22. She was named after the youngest of Queen Victoria's children.

Beatrice has one sister, Princess Eugenie, who is married Jack Brooksbank last year at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. Their parents divorced in 1993, but are known to remain close. As Beatrice's sister Eugenie put it, "They are the best divorced couple I know."

Beatrice is currently ninth in line to the throne.

At the time of her birth, Beatrice was fifth in the order of succession, just behind her father, Prince Andrew; her birth pushed her Uncle, Prince Edward down a spot. Following the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, Beatrice was bumped down to ninth.

Beatrice and her sister Eugenie are known as "blood princesses," meaning that they are born royal instead of marrying into the family.

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She's extremely close with her younger sister Eugenie.

Of their relationship, Eugenie told the Telegraph, "We get on fantastically well, perhaps because we do and think different things...Like all sisters, we have silly arguments about unimportant stuff, but we do love each other to death."

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In addition to her family members, Beatrice appears to have a wide circle of well-known friends. For example in September of 2016, she was photographed at the U.S. Open in a booth alongside David Geffen, Karlie Kloss, Ivanka Trump, and Wendi Deng among others. In the spring of 2018, she was spotted on vacation in Jordan with a similar crowd. (Read all about that star-studded trip here.)

Most recently, Beatrice attended Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner's second wedding. After tying the knot in a small ceremony months before, the couple went all out for a Wild West-themed celebration in Wyoming. Based on some photos Kloss shared from the event, Beatrice was there for the whole thing—karaoke and all.

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The princess is engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, a British businessman.

The couple have reportedly been dating for about a year, and on September 26, they announced their plans to wed.

"We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement," said the couple in a statement on September 26. "We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can't wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."

The wedding will take place in 2020.

Per the official announcement, "further details will be announced in due course."

Unlike some of her cousins, Beatrice is not a working royal.

Following university at Goldsmiths College in London she entered the professional world, and has held several positions over the past few years. According to a LinkedIn page that is no longer live, for a time she served as the vice president of partnerships and strategy at Afiniti.com, a New York City-based artificial intelligence company, but her role within the family has sparked controversy in the past.

In 2016, it was rumored that Prince Andrew was upset over her daughters' smaller roles within the royal family, and so he issued a statement saying, "As a father, my wise for my daughters is for them to be modern working young women, who happen to be Members of the Royal Family, and I am delighted to see them building their careers."

In addition to her work in business, Beatrice is also charitable patron of several organizations, mainly focusing on children's welfare and education, according to her father's website. Given that HRH is dyslexic, many of the organizations she supports are centered around learning difficulties.

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