Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York was born 28 years ago today at The Portland Hospital in London. She was named after Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg and after Princess Helena, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter and daughter.
On 23 December she was baptised at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, by the Bishop of Norwich.
Eugenie was the first royal baby to have a public christening. She was also the only one of the Queen’s grandchildren not baptised in the Lily Font. The Lily Font is a large silver-gilt baptismal font used to baptise members of the Royal Family. Part of the Royal Collection it is kept at the Jewel House at the Tower of London. It is quite stunning to see in person. If one has the chance, do visit the Tower and take the tour of the Jewel House.
Eugenie’s godparents were James Ogilvy (her father’s second cousin), Captain Alastair Ross, Susan Ferguson (her maternal grandfather’s second wife), Julia Dodd-Noble, and Louise Blacker.
HRH attended Berkshire schools Upton House School and Coworth Park School. She then attended St George’s School in Windsor before going to Marlborough College in Wiltshire. There she completed A levels in Art, English Literature, and History of Art.
Eugenie studied a Combined Honours BA in English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle University. She graduated with a 2:1 degree in 2012.Embed from Getty Images
Some may not know that Princess Eugenie had back surgery in 2002 when she was 12 years old to correct a scoliosis ailment. Becuase of this, she became Patron of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal in 2012.
Yesterday, Eugenie posted on Instagram:
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Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank became engaged in January 2018. The wedding will take place in the Autumn of 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Her Royal Highness works full time in the art world.