Princess Beatrice has graduated from Goldsmiths College after three years studying for her BA history degree saying it had been an ‘amazing experience.’
The Princess was watched by her proud parents, the Duke of York and his former wife Sarah, Duchess of York, as she joined hundreds of former students for a graduation ceremony at Goldsmiths in New Cross on Friday afternoon. Afterwards her parents took turns to hug her warmly.
She graduated with a 2:1 in her BA (Hons) course in history and history of ideas and is said to have told reporters afterwards: “I have had the most amazing university experience. Goldsmiths College is a wonderful place to study.”
The Princess, 23, has adopted a low profile during her time at Goldsmiths, with the media agreeing to recognise her privacy while studying. However, one journalist, Richard Peppiat, did pose as a student in order to spy on her; the EastLondonLines report on the story is here.
She was also in the news recently when she staged an eBay charity for the hat she wore at the wedding of Prince William, raising more than £81, 000. The ELL report is here.
At the graduation ceremony, staged at Goldsmiths’ Great Hall, the Princess wore the traditional graduation dress of a mortar board and gown which sported a brown hood, the colour of a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of London, of which Goldsmiths is part.
When she walked onto the stage when her name was read, she was congratulated with a handshake from Rupert Evenett, a member of Goldsmiths’ Council. Like her fellow graduates the Royal will receive her certificate in the post in the coming weeks.
Buckingham Palace said afterwards that she will now take up a series of internships to broaden her knowledge and experience now she has graduated, designed to “complement” her position as a member of the Royal Family.
A Palace spokesman said: “Princess Beatrice will over the coming months broaden her knowledge and experience to complement her position as a member of the Royal Family.
“This will involve undertaking a number of internships to develop her experience, particularly in business and philanthropy.
“She will also continue to be involved with her existing charitable interests and look to progress this work into other relevant areas.”
Beatrice is already a young ambassador with her mother’s charity Children in Crisis and also supports the Teenage Cancer Trust.