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Princess Eugenie
Eugenie at her first royal engagement, opening a teenage cancer ward in Leeds
Full name
Eugenie Victoria Helena[1]
House House of Windsor
Father Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Mother Sarah, Duchess of York
Born 23 March 1990 (1990-03-23) (age 19)
Portland Hospital, London
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 (Eugenie Victoria Helena; pronounced /ˈjuː.ʒəni/;[2] 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 sixteen independent Commonwealth realm states.

Her first royal engagement was opening a cancer ward for teenagers 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 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 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 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; Captain Alastair Ross; Mrs Ronald Ferguson, her step-grandmother; Mrs Julia Dodd-Noble; and Louise Blacker. She, and her sister, are the only granddaughters of the Queen to hold the title of princess 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 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 Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra, Princess Anne, nor Princess Beatrice hold the name Victoria.

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.

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.[4] She made a full recovery and is not expected to undergo any further surgery for that condition. The Queen, who was in Canada at the time of the operation, was kept well informed of her granddaughter's operation and complete recovery.

Education

As a small child, Eugenie attended Winkfield Montessori from 1992 to 1993, and then Upton House School in Windsor until 1995. She moved to 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, and graduated from there with A-Level grades of A in art and English literature and B in history of art.[5] It was reported that the Princess had been spotted dancing naked with friends around the Malborough College campus to celebrate the end of exams.[5][6] She planned to take a gap year before continuing her education in the autumn of 2009, although these plans were cancelled because of her security. Eugenie had been present at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai just before the 2008 attacks and her father did not consider it to be safe for her to travel. Her plans included a trip to Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. It was later reported that Eugenie's plans had been changed and that she was going to take a year out in Los Angeles and Sydney (where her aunt Jane Luedecke lives).

She began studying Combined Studies BA at Newcastle University[7] in September 2009, combining Art History, English Literature and Politics.

Official duties

Princess Eugenie has been present at a number of official royal occasions, such as Trooping the Colour in London, and the Queen's 80th birthday. She and her sister were also guests at the Concert for Diana, in memory of their late aunt, and organized by their cousins, Princes William and Harry of Wales, and both attended the service of thanksgiving for Diana on 31 August 2007, representing their father, who was on an official visit to Malaysia.

Mugging incident, Cambodia - May 2009

Princess Eugenie was on a visit to Cambodia with two girlfriends when a man approached the group while they were walking back to their hotel at night in Phnom Penh. After striking up conversation with the group he suddenly snatched one of the girl's handbags and made off. Princess Eugenie's Royal Protection Officers gave chase catching up to one and then tackling him to the ground.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

Royal styles of
Princess Eugenie of York

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Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 23 March 1990 – : Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York

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 William and Prince Henry use Wales, per their 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.[8]

Personal 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
United Kingdom order of precedence
Preceded by
Princess Beatrice of York
Ladies
HRH Princess Eugenie of York
Succeeded by
Lady Louise Windsor







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