Princess Beatrice has brought joy to the royal family by announcing she is expecting a baby in the autumn.
The Queen, who is mourning the death of the Duke of Edinburgh just six weeks ago, is said to be “delighted” at the happy news.
The baby will be the Queen’s 12th great-grandchild following the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child in the summer.
Who is Princess Beatrice?
Beatrice was born on 8 August 1988, which makes her 32 years old.
The princess is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York – and is sister to Princess Eugenie.
Beatrice is not a full-time working royal and is vice president of partnerships and strategy at Afiniti, an artificial intelligence software firm.
She has a number of royal patronages including the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.
When did Princess Beatrice get married?
Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wed last July in a secret lockdown wedding at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor – her father Prince Andrew walked her down the aisle.
The ceremony was attended by the Queen and Prince Philip after their initial plans were postponed because of the pandemic.
The Queen loaned Beatrice a vintage dress and a tiara which the monarch wore on her own wedding day in 1947.
Beatrice is already stepmother to Mr Mapelli Mozzi’s young son Wolfie, from his previous relationship with ex-fiancee, Dara Huang.
When did Princess Beatrice announce her pregnancy news?
Beatrice and her millionaire property tycoon husband shared their baby news with the monarch and their families before it was officially announced by Buckingham Palace on 19 May.
The Palace said: “The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.”
Ninth in line to the throne, Beatrice will move to 10th place when the Sussexes’ baby arrives.
The princess’s son or daughter will be 11th in line to the throne.
Beatrice’s pregnancy announcement coincided with Harry and Meghan’s third wedding anniversary.
Bookmakers are already taking bets on what Beatrice and her husband will call the new addition to their family when he or she arrives.
Ladbrokes has Florence and Theodore as the early favourites at 4-1 and 9-2, while Coral has Victoria at 3-1 and Arthur at 5-1.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The latest odds suggest Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo will opt for a traditional name with a nod to the latter’s Italian roots, and as things stand it’s Florence and Theodore leading the way in the betting.”
2021 is proving to be a bumper year for royal babies.
Eugenie, to whom Beatrice is incredibly close, welcomed a baby son, August Brooksbank, in February.
The sisters will be delighted to have their children so close together in age, and to share the experience of being first-time mothers.
Their cousin Zara Tindall welcomed her third child, a son Lucas, in March, while Harry, also their cousin, and Meghan, will welcome a daughter in the next few months.
Additional reporting by PA.