Their Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie, the daughters of the Duke of York, made a successful trip to Germany this week as trade ambassadors for the United Kingdom. Her Majesty's granddaughters, aged 24 and 22 respectively, were asked by Prime Minister David Cameron to make this trip to kick off the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's year-long GREAT campaign--reportedly as a result of serious lobbying from their father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. His Royal Highness was a UK trade ambassador for ten years himself, but stepped down from the job in 2011 due to controversy over his association with billionaire felon Jeffrey Epstein, who did time in prison for soliciting underage girls. His daughters endeavored to smooth over the negative public relations by beginning a short trip to Berlin and Hanover on Thursday, driving a Union-Jack bedazzled Mini Cooper under the Brandenburg Gate in the capital city to Germany's British Embassy. The British-made, German-owned car will continue to tour all 16 German provinces.
Not only are the young princesses members of a generation of royals who are extraordinarily well-liked on the global stage (their first cousins the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are immensely popular even amid the occasional tiny misstep), Princess Beatrice herself has significant trade experience, having worked both at the Financial Times and as a personal shopper at Selfridges. Her Royal Highness addressed a press conference at the British embassy in Berlin, thusly: "The Mini we are about to drive is just one example of the great things Britain and Germany can do together. The campaign is our national effort to get people to come to the United Kingdom and enjoy everything we have to offer. We've got so much we'd love people around the world to come and enjoy--beautiful countryside, lively cities and some of the world's most wonderful museums." She and her sister then traveled to Hanover on Friday, where they were greeted warmly at Hanover City Hall by Mayor Stephan Weil and presented with a gift. Their Royal Highnesses were stylish, poised and eloquent, and marked the historic occasion by signing the famous Golden Book. This meeting provided a much-anticipated photo opp during a time when many in Germany believe that large sections of the British public are itching to leave the European Union. This calculated move will no doubt be seen as a net positive for the royal family and for the British government as a whole.
The Princesses of York are both gainfully employed--Princess Beatrice at a venture capital firm, and Princess Eugenie at an art gallery--and their trip to Germany to represent their family and their country was funded entirely by their father.