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 eighth in line to the throne, 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.
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.)
A rustic version of a royal carriage. The driver? Prince William.
They see me rolling. With an egg head.
The silver balloon, the gingham skirt, the butterfly shades, the ice cream cone that Beatrice cannot fit into her mouth—this photo is happiness.
Fanny pack, tiny reflective sunglasses, retro one-piece? 2018, is that you?
How to match your outfits (with younger sister, Eugenie), issue 001.
Beatrice and Eugenie, matching, issue 002.
Issue 003. 1998, the year of matching clothes, shoes, hairbands, and... gestures? Tip: if you want to differentiate yourself, add a ruffled sock.
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.
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?
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.
I want to relive the 2000s through Princess Beatrice, starting with this ensemble at the Stella Artois tennis championships.
We are so glad this hat isn't blocking our view of Prince William. Hi, Prince William.
Here's Beatrice with English soccer player Theo Walcott. Do we think she's attempting to throw up the backwards peace sign? (Y/N)
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.
Beatrice with Sarah, Duchess of York, at the Fashion for Relief fashion show during London Fashion Week. Mother-daughter catwalk.
At the Royal Ascot races in Berkshire, gravity begins to take its toll on the hat that challenged it.
Again, an artistic masterpiece debuts at the Royal Ascot.
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.
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.
Royal Ascot hats: charming, quirky, and structured. They're a royal family of their own.
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 Royal bio!
A hat, that seems to be...also wearing a hat.
Flowers on flowers on flowers; until Prince Andrew gets poked in the eye when Beatrice turns her head.
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?
Beatrice holds the Olympic flame during the Olympic Torch Relay—London Summer Olympics, 2012.
Sports! Question: Who is Beatrice excitedly waving to at the London Olympic Games? Could it be her boyfriend, Dave?
Answer: Nope it's her cousin Harry, who returns the wave! So wholesome, so 2012.
The hat-dress color (colour?) coordination here is almost as good as the sister-sister outfit coordinations of 1998.