Royal Tour

01.17.139:53 AM ET

Beatrice and Eugenie - The Mini Princesses Take Berlin

Princesses launch pro-British campaign in Germany

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie swept into Germany today for their mini-adventure - a two-day tour of the country promoting the UK.

The well-dressed pair buzzed around the trendy German city in a Union jack-branded Mini on the first day of a tour which has been funded privately by their father, Prince Andrew, and is widely perceived as an attempt by the Yorks to fightback against Prince Charles efforts to cut them out of the royal picture.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 17:  Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie drive a Mini in front of Brandenburg Gate as they promote the GREAT initiative on January 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The royal sisters are in Berlin supporting the government's GREAT initiative promoting the UK abroad. They will visit Hanover tommorow as part of this two day trip funded by their father the Duke of York.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 17:  Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York arrive at the British School in Berlin on January 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The royal sisters are in Berlin supporting the government's GREAT initiative, promoting the UK abroad. They will visit Hanover tomorow as part of a two-day trip funded by their father the Duke of York. .  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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A 'government insider' told the Daily Telegraph that the event was "launching them not us" and the paper's writer says: "The trip was entirely at the behest of the girls’ father, Prince Andrew, I understand, and Government sources seem fairly keen to distance themselves from it. “You have to understand with the Royals: they do exactly what they like,” one exasperated insider told me, adding that when it came to Prince Andrew, “it’s totally uncontrolled”. Is it possible that Prince Andrew wants to ensure he and his offspring get to share some of the limelight? He’s clearly keen to retain his status on the world stage, despite stepping down as the UK’s special representative for trade in 2011 after criticism of his association with a convicted underage sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein."

Regardless of behind-the-scenes controversy, the young royals appeared to go down well in Berlin. At the British School in the city, the Daily Mail reported that Beatrice was questioned by one cheeky youngster about the famous Philip Treacy hat that she wore to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding, which she later sold hat for charity for £81,000.

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 17:  Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice of York visit the British School in Berlin on January 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The royal sisters are in Berlin supporting the government's GREAT initiative, promoting the UK abroad. They will visit Hanover tomorow as part of a two-day trip funded by their father the Duke of York. (Photo by Chris Radburn -  Pool/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 17:  Princess Eugenie of York meets pupils at the British School in Berlin on January 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The royal sisters are in Berlin supporting the government's GREAT initiative, promoting the UK abroad. They will visit Hanover tomorow as part of a two-day trip funded by their father the Duke of York. (Photo by Chris Radburn -  Pool/Getty Images)
Chris Radburn/Getty Images

They drove the Union Jack-branded Mini the short distance from the Brandenburg Gate to the British Embassy. Tomorrow they will be visiting ancestral royal palaces in Hanover.

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