Princess Beatrice Through the Years: A Complete History

Coming soon: Princess Beatrice's headwear through the ages.

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Princess Beatrice of York, the oldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Fergie, may not get much of the Royal Family spotlight (unless it's about her gravity-defying fascinator choices), but she deserves more. The Queen's granddaughter, Bea is , and the second woman in line after Princess Charlotte. The royal is a major Patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, in addition to several other charities. She regularly attends fashion shows, Royal Ascot races, and ski trips, and wears some frankly baffling headwear (as one does, if related to the Queen). In honor of her 30th birthday on August 8, see her best, most Beatrice-y moments, ahead.

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Sarah And Beatrice Holiday
Getty ImagesTim Graham
1989

The shape and type of animal Princess Beatrice, born August 8, 1988, is holding here is unclear—though quirky and strangely charming. Just like Beatrice's hats. Oops, we said it in the first slide. (Here she is with her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York.)

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Prince William pushing pram
Getty ImagesMirrorpix
1989

A rustic version of a royal carriage. The driver? Prince William.

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Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princess Beatrice on a Skiing holiday in Klosters, Switzerland
Getty ImagesJulian Parker
1990

They see me rolling. With an egg head.

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Beatrice Windsor Horse Show
Getty ImagesTim Graham
1991

The silver balloon, the gingham skirt, the butterfly shades, the ice cream cone that Beatrice cannot fit into her mouth—this photo is happiness.

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Sarah, Duchess of York, with Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, on a Skiing holiday in Verbier, Switzerland.
Getty ImagesJulian Parker
1997

Fanny pack, tiny reflective sunglasses, retro one-piece? 2018, is that you?

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VERBIER Duke and daughters
Getty ImagesPA Images
1998

How to match your outfits (with younger sister, Eugenie), issue 001.

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ROYAL Golf/Duke&Duchess 2
Getty ImagesAndrew Stuart - PA Images
1998

Beatrice and Eugenie, matching, issue 002.

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ROYAL Queen Mother /Eugenie
Getty ImagesJohn Stillwell - PA Images
1998

Issue 003. 1998, the year of matching clothes, shoes, hairbands, and... gestures? Tip: if you want to differentiate yourself, add a ruffled sock.

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Princess Beatrice New school
Getty ImagesChris Ison - PA Images
2000

Excited to be getting dropped off for your first day of high school (at St. George's School in Ascot, Berkshire) by the Duke and Duchess of York? Me too, Beatrice.

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The Queen'S Cup Polo Match
Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert
2003

Princess Beatrice at the Queen's Cup Polo Match with the Queen herself (Beatrice's grandmother). Some conspiracy theorists say the Queen is a cannibal—but perhaps she is just a grandmother in floral patterns and pearls?

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The Royal Easter Church Service At Windsor
Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert
2003

At the Royal Easter Church Service, Princess Beatrice debuts the first of many daring hats. They're like structural riddles, begging us to understand how they stay on her head.

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Princess Beatrice at the Stella Artois Championships
Getty ImagesRebecca Naden - PA Images
2004

I want to relive the 2000s through Princess Beatrice, starting with this ensemble at the Stella Artois tennis championships.

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Christmas Day Service At Sandringham Church
Getty ImagesMark Cuthbert
2005

We are so glad this hat isn't blocking our view of Prince William. Hi, Prince William.

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Garter Service - St George's Chapel - Windsor
Getty ImagesTim Ockenden - PA Images
2006

Hi, headpiece.

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Gala Opening Of The Exceptional Youth Exhibition
Getty ImagesDave M. Benett
2006

Here's Beatrice with English soccer player Theo Walcott. Do we think she's attempting to throw up the backwards peace sign? (Y/N)

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Royal Christmas at Sandringham
Getty ImagesChris Radburn - PA Images
2007

At the Christmas Day service on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, Beatrice seems to be re-wearing the same hat from 2003. Again, it challenges our understanding of gravity.

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London Fashion Week - Fashion For Relief Show
Getty ImagesIan West - PA Images
2007

Beatrice with Sarah, Duchess of York, at the Fashion for Relief fashion show during London Fashion Week. Mother-daughter catwalk.

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Horse Racing - The Royal Ascot Meeting 2009 - Day Three - Ascot Racecourse
Getty ImagesSteve Parsons - PA Images
2009

At the Royal Ascot races in Berkshire, gravity begins to take its toll on the hat that challenged it.

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Horse Racing - The Royal Ascot Meeting 2009 - Day One - Ascot Racecourse
Getty ImagesSteve Parsons - PA Images
2009

Again, an artistic masterpiece debuts at the Royal Ascot.

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Branson aims for cross-Channel record
Getty ImagesGareth Fuller - PA Images
2010

Princess Beatrice whips out a pink handheld camera (oh, 2010, how times were simpler) to film Sir Richard Branson's attempt to kite surf across the English Channel.

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Branson aims for cross-Channel record
Getty ImagesGareth Fuller - PA Images
2010

Her then-boyfriend, Dave Clark, was on Branson's kite surf team. The attempt was a celebration of Branson's 60th birthday, but they gave up after weather got in their way.

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Horse Racing - The Royal Ascot Meeting 2010 - Day Three - Ascot Racecourse
Getty ImagesDominic Lipinski - PA Images
2010

Royal Ascot hats: charming, quirky, and structured. They're a royal family of their own.

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Celebrities at Virgin London Marathon
Getty ImagesIan West - PA Images
2010

Princess Beatrice was the first member of the Royal Family to complete the London Marathon, running as part of Team Caterpillar—which supported a number of charities. This fact is on Beatrice's official !

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Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall wedding
Getty ImagesOwen Humphreys - PA Images
2011

A hat, that seems to be...also wearing a hat.

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Horse Racing - Investec Derby Festival - Investec Derby Day - Epsom Downs Racecourse
Getty ImagesJohn Walton - EMPICS
2011

Flowers on flowers on flowers; until Prince Andrew gets poked in the eye when Beatrice turns her head.

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The Royal Wedding
Getty ImagesSteve Parsons - PA Images
2011

Beatrice and Eugenie famously attend their cousin Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton. Why do these outfits remind us of District One in the Hunger Games?

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Day 32 - Olympic Torch Relay
Getty ImagesJohn Giles - PA Images
2012

Beatrice holds the Olympic flame during the Olympic Torch Relay—London Summer Olympics, 2012.

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Olympics Day 11 - Cycling - Track
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
2012

Sports! Question: Who is Beatrice excitedly waving to at the London Olympic Games? Could it be her boyfriend, Dave?

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Olympics Day 11 - Cycling - Track
Getty ImagesPascal Le Segretain
2012

Answer: Nope it's her cousin Harry, who returns the wave! So wholesome, so 2012.

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Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Getty ImagesDominic Lipinski - PA Images
2012

The hat-dress color (colour?) coordination here is almost as good as the sister-sister outfit coordinations of 1998.

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