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Last Updated: Tuesday August 08 2006 10:38 GMT

Princess Beatrice turns 18 today

Princess Beatrice
Princess Beatrice is celebrating her 18th birthday on Tuesday, and says she wants to follow her mum's example.

She was speaking at a hospital ward for young people with cancer, and said it was "exciting" being in public as it allowed her to help more people.

Beatrice celebrated her birthday with a big fancy dress party a few weeks ago, with a theme of the year 1888.

That theme was picked because Beatrice was born at an unusual moment; 8.18pm on 8 August 1988, or 8/8/1988.

She visited the hospital ward in July and met patients for an hour. Afterwards she said: "Meeting these people I feel that I've met new friends."

Princess Beatrice and her family
Princess Eugenie, The Duchess of York, Princess Beatrice and The Duke of York
She also said about her mum, the Duchess of York: "She is the best advice giver I could possibly ever wish for. She leads by example, and her behaviour is kind of one that I would really like to follow."

Beatrice also said she hoped people wouldn't be scared of her just because she is member of the royal family.

She said: "Maybe before they meet me they might be a bit scared but once they find out that I'm really just a normal [person]... once they find out that I'm just me, then it should make it easier."

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