Queen Elizabeth II has several grandchildren — eight to be exact — but the news often focuses on Prince William and Prince Harry, the children of the Queen’s firstborn son, Prince Charles.
However, there are two other interesting siblings in the lineup: Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
You may recognize them from royal events, like Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle or the annual Trooping the Colour, which marks the Queen’s birthday.
The two are currently ninth and 10th in line to the throne, after their father, Prince Andrew, who is the Queen’s third child and eighth in line to the throne. Prince Andrew has been in the news recently for his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The two women, aged 31 and 29, respectively, use the titles Her Royal Highness Princess, but they’re not considered working members of the Royal Family.
“They don’t undertake public engagements representing the Queen,” said royal historian Carolyn Harris. “They both pursue independent careers, Beatrice in business and Eugenie at an art gallery.”
They do attend royal events, but it’s “very rare” that they would ever represent the monarch in any official capacity, said Harris.
“They have charitable patronages, but they’re not listed in the court circular,” she said. This means they’re private charitable engagements that they undertake independent of the monarchy.
Below, Harris outlines everything you need to know about Beatrice and Eugenie, the Princesses of York.
Beatrice and Eugenie are the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
The pair divorced in 1996 but it was a “very amicable” split, according to Harris.
Beatrice was engaged to Mapelli Mozzi in September 2019.