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Princess Eugenie yesterday stepped in to present an important prize at a book event, at her former home, St. James's Palace.
She joined her mother Sarah Ferguson at the annual Oscar’s Book Prize, a ceremony which celebrates the best books for under-fives.
The ceremony was set up in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of an Evening Standard journalist, James Ashton. Oscar died in 2012 aged 3, of an undetected heart condition.
But it seems that the royal was actually drafted in at the last minute for the event, after her sister, Princess Beatrice, was forced to pull out.
It’s thought that patron of the charity Beatrice was originally meant to attend the event, and present the prize on the evening. However, the Evening Standard reports that Beatrice was left unable to attend, due to work commitments.
Princess Beatrice does not currently work as a full-time member of the royal family, unlike Prince Harry and Prince William. As eighth-in-line to the throne, she is not required to work only on royal causes, and is allowed to pursue a private career.
Her current job is however kept rather vague, with Buckingham Palace only confirming in 2016 that she is pursuing a career as a business consultant.
However, she does work with many childen’s welfare and education charities, including Children in Crisis, a charity founded by her mother, the Duchess of York.
However, it seems newly-engaged Princess Eugenie throughly enjoyed taking on her sister’s role for the evening, revealing that she had read the shortlisted books that day in her office. She works as a director at art gallery Hauser and Wirth, in London.
She told the attendees, “I was reading the books that were shortlisted today in my office and everyone was laughing at me, hearing me giggle. I had a really fun day reading all the books.”
The 28-year-old also paid tribute to three-year-old Oscar, whom the awards were held in honour of, and his parents.
Princess Eugenie said, “I want to welcome everyone and say how proud I am to meet Oscar’s parents. To meet you both is really special.
“I think it’s really special that we’re all here to remember Oscar and his parents and what they’ve done.”
Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are of course also preparing to attend their cousin Prince Harry’s wedding over the weekend. It’s thought that the sisters will attend the big event alongside their father, the Duke of York.
It’s also been reported that their mother, Sarah Ferguson, will attend the ceremony. However, speculation has been rife recently that Prince Andrew’s ex will not attend the reception afterwards.
Of course, Princess Eugenie is also preparing for her own wedding to fiance Jack Brooksbank, which will take place in October.
The couple will get married at St. George’s Chapel, the same location of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, in the Autumn.