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Princess Beatrice retraces her namesake's footsteps on the Isle of Wight

17 JUNE 2014 Princess Beatrice took a short trip across the Channel on Monday for a special visit to the Isle of Wight.

Her schedule included stops at some of the island's main historic attractions, as well as some landmarks of particular personal significance to the 25-year-old royal.

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Princess Beatrice arrives at Carisbrooke Castle



Beatrice's first port of call was to Carisbrooke Castle – the home of her former ancestor and namesake, Princess Beatrice, who served as governor of the Isle of Wight until her death in 1944.

The previous Princess Beatrice was the youngest of Queen Victoria's nine children and her lifelong companion. She was appointed Governor after the death of her husband Prince Henry in 1896, and lived at Osborne Cottage on the Osborne Estate until 1912, when she moved to the Governor's House at Carisbrooke Castle.



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Princess Beatrice during her visit to Priory School in Whippingham

Prince Andrew's daughter visited the Carisbrooke Castle museum, the Princess Beatrice Garden and the First World War memorial chapel, before moving on to Priory School in Whippingham to help celebrate the school's 150th anniversary.



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Princess Beatrice during her tour of Osborne House


While in the picturesque village, she went to Whippingham Church to see the tomb of the late Beatrice and her husband.

Beatrice was escorted around the island by Lord Lieutenant Major General Martin White and High Sheriff Claire Locke.

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