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PRINCESSES Beatrice and Eugenie are the daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have eight grandchildren – including Zara Tindall, and Princes William and Harry.
Princesses Beatrice (left) and Eugenie with their beloved grandfather, Prince PhilipCredit: AFP or licensors
Why are Beatrice and Eugenie princesses?
Beatrice and Eugenie‘s great-great-grandfather, George V, issued a Letters Patent in 1917.
This paved the way for the sisters to be called princesses.
George V’s patent says that the Monarch’s grandchildren can hold Prince or Princess royal titles.
It reads: “The grandchildren of the sons of any such sovereign in the direct male line (save only the eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) shall have and enjoy in all occasions the style and title enjoyed by the children of dukes of these our realms.”
Princess Eugenie’s official title was Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie of York, before her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank.
That’s because her dad, Prince Andrew, is the Duke of York.
A pic from 1990 shows the Duke and Duchess of York outside Portland Hospital in London with Princess EugenieCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images
She is now known as Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank.
She married Italian property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle in July 2020.
Edoardo’s dad, Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi is descended from Italian aristocracy, it adds.
Count Mozzi said: “Edoardo is the only male descendant taking the family into the next generation.”
Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank
The Queen has bestowed titles on royal descendants who weren’t covered by George V’s Letters Patent, which is limited to just the Monarch’s grandchildren.
She stepped in ahead of Kate’s birth to George to issue a Letters Patent to ensure all the Cambridges’ children would have fitting titles.
Princess Charlotte would have been a Lady and Prince Louis a Lord had the Queen not intervened, and they would have not been HRHs.
But Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie, wasn’t automatically entitled to the Prince title, as he is not the child of a future monarch.
Being a prince or princess does not automatically mean royals have police protection.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s security is no longer paid for by the taxpayer.
Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Are Beatrice and Eugenie in line to the throne?
So what does the growing clan mean in terms of succession?
The throne will pass to Prince Charles if the Queen abdicates, retires or dies.
Louis does not leapfrog his sister Charlotte in the line of succession after the law favouring male heirs was changed.
Prince Charles – who is next in line to the throne, with Kate, Meghan and HarryCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Prince Harry – who was third in line to the throne in 2013 – is sixth in line.
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is bumped down the line to eighth.
His and Sarah Ferguson’s first-born girl, Beatrice, is ninth in line, with her sister Eugenie tenth in the succession list.
ROYAL FAMILY LINE OF SUCCESSION
- The Prince of Wales
- The Duke of Cambridge
- Prince George
- Princess Charlotte
- Prince Louis
- The Duke of Sussex
- Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
- The Duke of York
- Princess Beatrice
- Princess Eugenie
- Princess Eugenie’s baby boy
- The Earl of Wessex
- Viscount Severn
- Lady Louise Windsor
- The Princess Royal
Do Beatrice and Eugenie have children?
Princess Beatrice is step-mum to her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s son Christopher Woolf.
She reportedly “can’t wait” to have children.
In 2020 a source told US Weekly magazine: “Bea can’t wait to have kids of her own.
“She’s planning to start a family with Edo very soon and is hoping it’ll happen this year.”
Bookies slashed odds on the eldest York sister announcing in December 2020 that she was to have a baby with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. But that never transpired.
In the meantime she is an aunt to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank‘s son, who was born on February 9, 2021.
The couple named their son August Philip.
The new royal baby – Eugenie and Mr Brooksbank’s first child – is the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s ninth great-grandchild.