09/09/2011

Hats off to Beatrice, the latest royal grad

Beatrice family

Princess Beatrice and her parents the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson pose for the media following graduation ceremonies at Goldsmiths in London. (Getty Images)

Princess Beatrice put aside all her wild and stylish hats on Friday, donning a graduation cap instead.

The 23-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, earning a three-year degree in History and History of Ideas.

Not exactly the kind of degree that has employers pounding down the door, but Beatrice doesn’t plan on getting a paying job anytime soon. Instead, she plans to take on some internships to “broaden her knowledge and experience to complement her position as a member of the Royal Family,” said Buckingham Palace.

She also plans to continue her work with the charities Children in Crisis and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Beatrice hat The charities were the beneficiaries of an e-Bay auction held after her cousin Prince William’s wedding in April, when Beatrice’s outlandish hat (right) drew almost as much attention as Pippa Middleton’s dress (never mind the new royal couple). The hat was auctioned off for more than $130,000.

Beatrice earned a 2:1 grade at Goldsmith, which is roughly equivalent to a ‘C+’ or ‘B’ by North American standards. Not bad for a student who has suffered from dyslexia since she was a child.

‘I have had the most amazing university experience,” said Beatrice, who is fifth in line for the throne. “Goldsmiths College is a wonderful place to study. I am so lucky to have had the support of the incredible tutors and staff. I am so excited about my results. I wish everyone graduating today congratulations as well.”

Beatrice is the first of her immediate family to be a college grad. Neither her mother nor father attended university.

It’s expected that eventually Beatrice will take on some part-time public duties as a member of the Royal Family. Currently, she receives no public money.

Beatrice hug
Mom Sarah, wearing a gold bracelet with her daughter's name, hugs Beatrice after graduation ceremonies. (Getty Images)

Beatrice dad

The Duke of York looks suspiciously at the cameras as he gives Beatrice a hug (Getty Images).

 

 

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A C+ or a B?! A 2:1?!

I went to school in the UK and can tell you it means a lot more than that. Perhaps it's because I did an advanced degree but still. Check your facts.

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