Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Beatrice of York: The well heeled Princess
Princess Beatrice of York may have recently had her first role in a movie (The Young Victoria) but that has not stopped her from towering over all in a pair of five-inch Roger Vivier stilettos. Her royal secret is she wears gel cushions inside her shoes. Princess Beatrice co-hosted a party for charity Children in Crisis at the Roger Vivier shoe boutique in London and felt she had to be seen in a pair of his shoes for the occasion. Earlier in the month Princess Beatrice and her younger sister Princess Eugenie of York , joined their mother (Sarah Duchess of York ) for the premier of ‘The Young Victoria,’ where Prince Beatrice had a role in scenes showing her great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s Coronation. Roger Vivier is the shoe designer credited with the invention of the stiletto heels in 1952 and worked out the design from his aero-engineering background. Clever positioning of the shank made it possible to allow body weight to rest on a small heel piece. The cushioning gel is by chance a bi-product of the aero-space industry so the princess can rest easy in her spikes. No so sure of the comfort levels of their unsuspecting viewers when Princess Beatrice and Eugenie star in their own real TV series later this year.