by Scott Mehl
Princess Eugenie of York
Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, and the former Sarah Ferguson. She is the sixth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.
Princess Eugenie was born on March 23, 1990 at the Portland Hospital in London. She is reportedly named for Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (later Queen of Spain), a granddaughter of Queen Victoria; and The Princess Helena, third daughter of Queen Victoria.
She was christened by Peter Nott, Bishop of Norwich on December 23, 1990 at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham. Hers was the first public christening of a member of the royal family. Her godparents are:
– James Ogilvy, her father’s second cousin
– Captain Alastair Ross, Prince Andrew’s former commander on HMS Edinburgh
– Mrs. Ronald Ferguson, her mother’s stepmother
– Mrs. Patrick (Julia) Dodd-Noble, a friend of her parents
– Miss Louise Blacker, a friend of her mother’s
Following a year at the Winkfield Montessori School, she attended the Upton House School in Windsor from 1993-1995. She then attended Coworth Park School from 1995-2001, St George’s School from 2001-2003, and Marlborough College from 2003-2008. Following a gap year, she enrolled at Newcastle University and graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 in English Literature and History of Art.
After internships at Christies and The Royal Collection Trust, Eugenie moved to New York and worked as a Benefit Auctions Manager for Paddle8, an online auction firm. In July 2015, she moved back to London to work for the Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director.
Princess Eugenie only occasionally undertakes any official royal duties. She does, however, often accompany her mother on visits to organizations she is involved with, such as the Teenage Cancer Trust. In 2012, she became Patron for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal. The Princess had undergone surgery in 2002 at the hospital to correct scoliosis in her back.
Along with her sister, Princess Beatrice, she has attended events in Europe, occasionally as representatives of The Queen. In April 2013 they attended the reopening of Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover.
Buckingham Palace announced on January 22, 2018: “The Duke and Duchess of York are delighted to announce the engagement of Princess Eugenie to Mr. Jack Brooksbank. Her Royal Highness and Mr. Brooksbank became engaged in Nicaragua earlier this month. The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, with further details to be announced in due course.” On February 2, 2018, it was announced that the wedding date is October 12, 2018.
Princess Eugenie had been in a long-term relationship with Jack Brooksbank. He is the former manager of the nightclub Mahiki, in Mayfair, London, frequented by the younger royals and is currently now the brand ambassador of Casamigos Tequila, which was co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman.
Eugenie will retain her style and title after her marriage and will have the option to take her husband’s surname. The last paternal line princess who was a grandchild of a monarch was Princess Alexandra of Kent, the only female paternal first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Upon her marriage to The Honorable Angus Ogilvy, she was styled Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Mrs. Angus Ogilvy. If Eugenie follows suit, she would be styled Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie, Mrs. Jack Brooksbank.
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