Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Sarah, Duchess of York took part in a Zoom call to virtually open a new blood cancer ward at University College London Hospital, supported by Teenage Cancer Trust.
All three of the royal ladies are patrons of the charity, and Princess Beatrice revealed the impact meeting cancer patients has had on her life, recalling visiting a Teenage Cancer Trust ward on her 18th birthday.
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"On my 18th birthday I got to come down to the ward and meet some of the young people," Princess Beatrice explained. "I think when you're a young person yourself, it changed for me the trajectory of what it is to be in service."
The Duchess of York opened the first Teenage Cancer Trust unit for young people in London in 1990 and said she was "honoured" to help open the new ward, alongside her daughters.
"This is a special charity that's so very close to my heart," the royal explains. "Cancer doesn't just devastate a young person's health. It threatens to take away everything they care about – their identity, their independence, and their dreams.
Sarah Ferguson and her daughters all support the Teenage Cancer Trust
"Teenage Cancer Trust's specialist nurses and youth workers provide the very best care and support during treatment and beyond, making sure that cancer doesn’t stop young people living their lives."
The royals were joined on the call by people who have been supported by the charity, with both princesses and their mother becoming upset during the Zoom, wiping away tears and forming hearts with their hands to send love to others on the call.
Beatrice and Eugenie's children will hopefully support the Teenage Cancer Trust too
Speaking about their legacy continuing, Beatrice said of her baby daughter: "Sienna's already a lifelong patron."
Teenage Cancer Trust worked with Morgan Stanley employees to raise and donate over £600,000 of funding for the much-needed new ward that brings teens and young people with blood cancer together to be treated by experts in a place specially designed for them.
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