Princess Beatrice sends touching tribute to her mother Sarah Ferguson

Princess Beatrice sends touching tribute to her mother Sarah Ferguson

Watch: Princess Beatrice read Oscars Book Prize winning book to London school children

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 23/05/2024

- 21:35

The Princess of York visited a primary school in Croydon to read to children

  • Princess Beatrice spoke about her “incredible” mother who is also a children’s author
  • The Princess of York read the winning title of the Oscar Book Prize to students
  • Beatrice is the patron of Oscar’s Book Prize

Princess Beatrice sent a touching tribute to her mother Sarah Ferguson.

The eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York visited a primary school in Croydon earlier this week as part of Oscar’s Book Club in association with Amazon Reading Volunteers.

During the engagement, the princess gushed over her “incredible” mother as she read to the children at West Thornton Primary School.

The princess said: “'I grew up with an incredible mum as a children's author, so stories really created that sense of imagination.

Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice

Sarah Ferguson with her eldest daughter Princess Beatrice


“I really appreciate what stories can do, that special quality time, that moment at the end of the day, but also how important reading is in general for young people.

“We do everything we can to make sure these books get into the hands of those that need it most.”

The Duchess of York authored several children’s books including the Little Red series and a collection of romance novels.

Earlier this year Fergie was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, which was her second cancer diagnosis within a year.

Princess BeatricePrincess Beatrice read with schoolchildren during her visit to Croydon​PA

But during an interview with ITV’s This Morning earlier this month, Beatrice said that her mother is “all clear now” following a “bumpy health scare last year.”

For the event, Princess Beatrice kept her look simple with an Alice and Olivia denim jacket with puffed sleeves and a white and black patterned dress.

She accessorised her look with simple silver hoops and gold bracelets.

The mother-of-one read ‘When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth’ to the schoolchildren, the winning title of this year’s Oscar’s Book Prize.

Princess BeatricePrincess Beatrice is very passionate about reading​PA

She also sat down with the class to look at other shortlisted books for the prize and chatted with schoolchildren about their own reading habits.

She told students: “I got involved with the Oscar's Book Prize a very long time ago. This year's winner keeps the reader guessing, you never really know what's going to happen.

“It spreads humour and a sense of adventure, especially when dealing with dinosaurs.”

This year’s shortlist also included 'Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf' by Craig Barr-Green and Francis Martin, 'Geoffrey Gets The Jitters' by Nadia Shireen, 'Gigantic' by Bob Biddulph and 'The Hare-Shaped Hole' by John Dougherty and Thomas Docherty.

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