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Eugenie celebrates 21st birthday

Princess Eugenie is celebrating her 21st birthday.

The Queen's granddaughter, who is sixth in line to the throne, is expected to mark the landmark privately.

The royal, who is a student at Newcastle University, may go clubbing to celebrate the milestone with family, friends and public school-educated boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.

Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York, the younger daughter of the Duke of York and his former wife, Sarah, Duchess of York, was born at the private Portland Hospital on March 23 1990.

Her arrival was proclaimed by a town crier who announced the news across London. The 7lb 1oz royal baby was delivered by Caesarean section because she was in the breech position.

In a week-long name game, the Duke and Duchess kept the nation guessing as to what they would call their daughter.

Their unusual choice generated much surprise after the Yorks gained inspiration from the Victorian era.

Eugenie was Queen Victoria's granddaughter, daughter of Princess Beatrice, the Queen Empress's fifth daughter and youngest child. She later married King Alfonso XIII of Spain and was the grandmother of King Juan Carlos.

Two years after she was born, Andrew and Sarah announced they were to separate. They divorced in May 1996 and shared joint custody of Eugenie and her older sister Princess Beatrice.

As a child, Eugenie underwent a successful operation to straighten her spine, having been born with the condition scoliosis. She gained A grades in English and Art, and a B in History of Art in her A-levels at Marlborough College in Wiltshire and started at Newcastle in September 2009, taking a combined studies degree in English Literature, History of Art and Politics.


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