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Princess Eugenie Biography
Princess Eugenie, Eugenie Victoria Helena; born 23 March 1990) is a member of the British royal family.
She is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York.
She is the niece of Charles III and the granddaughter of the late Elizabeth II. At birth, she was 6th in the line of succession to the British throne and is now 11th. She is the younger sister of Princess Beatrice.
Born in Portland Hospital, London, Eugenie attended St George’s School and Marlborough College before studying at Newcastle University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and history of art.
She joined the auction house Paddle8 before taking a directing position at art gallery Hauser & Wirth.
Eugenie also works privately with a number of charitable organisations, including Children in Crisis and Anti-Slavery International.
Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank, a brand ambassador, in 2018. Their son August was born in February 2021.
Early Life and Education
Eugenie was born by Caesarean section at Portland Hospital in the West End of London on 23 March 1990 at 7:58 pm, the second child of the Duke and Duchess of York, and sixth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
On 30 March, it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of York had named her Eugenie Victoria Helena, after a queen of Spain, Victoria Eugenie.
She was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, by the Bishop of Norwich on 23 December 1990.
She was the first royal baby to have a public christening and the only one of the Queen’s grandchildren not to be baptised in the Lily Font.
Eugenie’s parents divorced amicably when she was six years old. The Duke and Duchess of York had agreed to joint custody of their two children.
After the divorce, the Queen provided her parents with £1.4 million to set up a trust fund for her and Beatrice.
Eugenie and her sister frequently travelled abroad with one or both of their parents.
In October 2002, the 12-year-old Eugenie underwent back surgery at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London to correct scoliosis; two 300-millimetre (12 in) titanium rods were put in her back.
She made a full recovery and was not required to undergo any further surgeries.
Eugenie began her schooling at Winkfield Montessori from 1992 to 1993. From there, she joined her sister at Upton House School in Windsor until 1995.
She attended Coworth Park School (now Coworth Flexlands 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.
She achieved three A-Levels, including an ‘A’ in art, an ‘A’ in English literature, and a ‘B’ in history of art. She undertook a gap year before continuing her education in 2009.
Eugenie began studying at Newcastle University in September 2009. She graduated in 2012 with a 2:1 degree in English Literature and History of Art.
In 2013, she moved to New York City for one year to work for the online auction firm Paddle8 as a benefit auctions manager.
In July 2015, she moved back to London to work for the Hauser & Wirth art gallery as an associate director, and was promoted to director in 2017.
Speaking on Channel 5 documentary Beatrice and Eugenie: Pampered Princesses, royal commentator Richard Kay claimed Eugenie enjoyed taxpayer funded security when she travelled the world during her gap year.
Eugenie reportedly lost her taxpayer-funded police security in 2011, after her uncle Charles III (then Prince of Wales), intervened.
The Duke of York’s Office at Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on 22 January 2018.
The couple had been dating for seven years, and were first introduced by friends on a ski break in Verbier, Switzerland, where Brooksbank was working. They were engaged on vacation in Nicaragua.
In April 2018, the couple moved from St James’s Palace and took up residence in Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.
The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 12 October 2018.
The wedding dress was designed by the British fashion designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos of British-based label Peter Pilotto, and was designed to display her surgical scar.
Eugenie chose to show her scar to honour those that helped her, and to inspire others with the condition of scoliosis.
Eugenie gave birth to a son, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, on 9 February 2021 at the Portland Hospital in London, born by caesarean section due to her childhood scoliosis operation. At birth, he was eleventh in line to the throne.
He is named after his great-grandfather Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and two of his five-times great-grandfathers: Reverend Edward Hawke Brooksbank, and Prince Albert, whose given names included “Augustus”.
August was christened at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Park, on 21 November 2021, alongside his second cousin, Lucas Tindall.
From November 2020 to May 2022, the couple’s main residence was Frogmore Cottage, which was leased to Eugenie’s cousin Prince Harry.
In May 2022, it was reported they had moved to Portugal, where Brooksbank works for Michael Meldman, and that they would once again stay at Ivy Cottage while in England.
Princess Eugenie Net Worth
Princess Eugenie is a member of the British royal family. She has an estimated net worth of $300 millions.