As Princess Beatrice turns 30, we look back at her fashion hits and misses

8th Aug 18 | Fashion

Katie Wright surveys the style evolution of the young royal.

The Royal Wedding

Ask anyone what they know about Princess Beatrice’s style and most people will mention the famous fascinator she wore to the royal wedding in 2011.

But there’s more to this Princess than just hats. To mark her 30th birthday, here we look back at Beatrice’s life in fashion.

Eighties essentials

The Princess’s childhood wardrobe will be familiar to any girl born in the Eighties. Think tracksuits, party dresses, frilly ankle socks and Mary Janes.

The Duchess of York with daughters Beatrice (left) and Eugenie at a film premiere in 1998 (PA)

Sisterly style

When on royal duty in the Noughties, Beatrice and sister Eugenie were often dressed head to toe in pastel colours, their prim and proper outfits neatly coloured coordinated.

Prince Andrew's daughters Princesses Beatrice (right) and Eugenie arrive at Sandringham parish church Saturday 25 December 1999 for their traditional Christmas Day servic
Beatrice (right) and Eugenie on Christmas Day 1999 (Paul Ashton/PA)
Princesses Eugenie (left) and Beatrice on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral following the service of Thanksgiving in 2000
Eugenie (left) and Beatrice at a Thanksgiving service in 2000 (PA)

Noughties but nice

By the mid-2000s it was clear Princess Beatrice was starting to get more into fashion as she was spotted in some of the decades biggest trends. Remember peasant dresses and boho belts?

Princess Beatrice at the Stella Artois Championships in 2004
Beatrice at the Queen’s Club Championships in 2004 (Rebecca Naden/PA)

The millinery years

It was also during the Noughties that the teenage Princess started to develop her penchant for unusual millinery, choosing a variety of quirky hats for church services and weddings.

Princess Beatrice (front) Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry leave St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham, after attending the Christmas Day church service in 2005
Beatrice and Prince Harry after a Christmas Day service in 2005 (Alastair Grant/PA)
Princess Beatrice outside St. George's Chapel in Windsor, England, after the marriage ceremony of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.
Beatrice in Windsor after a family wedding in 2008 (Ian McIlgorm/PA)

Glitz and gowns

In her twenties, Beatrice started to attend more red carpet events, fundraising parties and fashion launches, looking every inch the part in designer gowns and cocktails frocks.

Princess Beatrice arrives for the Children in Crisis fundraising dinner in 2008
Beatrice at the Children in Crisis fundraising dinner in 2008 (Yui Mok/PA)

The headline-grabbing hat

Then, of course, came the Princess’s iconic appearance at the royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Beatrice’s beige bow-topped Philip Treacy fascinator attracted so much attention that it was later auctioned to raise money for Unicef.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie leave Westminster Abbey following the wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge
Beatrice and Eugenie at the royal wedding (David Jones/PA)

Grown-up glamour

Nowadays, Beatrice has really found her style groove, and can more than hold her own whether she’s standing alongside the other royal fashionistas or in the midst of the world’s coolest models and celebrities at the Met Gala.

And with her sister Eugenie’s marriage coming up in October, we’re looking forward to seeing what Beatrice will be wearing for this royal wedding.

Princess Eugenie of York (left) and Princess Beatrice of York during day three of Royal Ascot in 2017
Eugenie and Beatrice of York during Royal Ascot in 2017 (Brian Lawless/PA)
2018 Princess Beatrice of York attending the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2018 in New York, USA.
Beatrice at the Met Gala 2018 (Ian West/PA)

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