The Ribble Valley is unlikely to get a visit from Princess Eugenie any time soon; she’s been too busy at Christie’s of London, learning the art of selling Victorian dining chairs and antique oak partners desks .
To Lancashire residents, Eugenie is the younger daughter of Prince Andrew, sister to Beatrice and sixth in line to the throne. Andrew sees his daughters as core members of the royal family, bound for a life of privilege, pomp and ceremony. However Eugenie, like Beattie and other young royals, envisages a future far removed from the everyday life a Royal. Having graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in English Literature and Art History, and with her security status downgraded, she has been gaining work experience as an assistant at Christie’s auction house. She also had a placement there in June.
Eugenie isn’t the only young royal to crave independence. Her sister spent time at a venture capital firm, while both Princess Anne’s children have successful careers in the sports industry. However, the auction room isn’t the only way to gain experience in the antiques business. Some antique centres, for example, offer voluntary work placements covering things like events organisation, public relations and marketing; all useful skills whatever career path is chosen.
Students in Lancashire with an interest in historical furniture should consider asking their local antique store about work placement options. Young people can learn just as much about Victorian mahogany partners desks from a Preston antique dealer as they can from an auction house in London.
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