London may have celebrated in style when it welcomed 2014 on Tuesday night, but Princess Beatrice of York was the other side of the world when her beloved city embraced New Year. That’s because The Queen’s granddaughter has spent her Christmas celebrations in the French West Indies resort of St.Barts with boyfriend Dave Clark. In fact, as well as spending hours relaxing on the beach with their friends, the couple also spent their holiday on the luxury yacht of multi-millionaire steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.
One of Britain’s richest men, he has previously welcomed the likes of Sir Phillip Green and Jennifer Lopez onto his luxury liner. He is said to have a net worth of £16.5 billion. Wearing a brimmed hat and a white smock, the royal redhead – who is the sixth, and first female, in the line of succession to the throne – was seen lounging on the beach with friends as she enjoyed the hot weather.
Sporting a pair of over-sized sunglasses to protect her fair skin, the 25 year-old looked positively conservative in contrast to her friends, who dared to bare much more flesh. The break comes after a relatively busy schedule for the Princess Beatrice who has recently completed a business trip to Berlin, Germany, with her sister, Eugenie. The royal sisters are working on the Great Campaign – a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK.
Following in the footsteps of their father Prince Andrew – dubbed ‘Airmiles Andy’ because of all his free flights when he was UK trade envoy – the princesses were launching the Great Britain Mini tour across Germany, a trip which will showcase the very best of British – from culture and technology to music and innovation. The Royal Family have strong ties with Germany as Queen Victoria’s mother was German, as was her husband Prince Albert.
Fortunately, it seemed that Princess Beatrice was able to forget the pressures of working life and relax over the festive season. Seen beaming as she made her way to a private jet with her long-term boyfriend, the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson braved the blustery local winds in a lightweight blue dress. Teaming the look with some stone-coloured loafers, the young royal almost compromised her modesty when a breeze lifted her skirt – but she managed to control it with a discreet manoeuvre. -Dailymail