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Princess Beatrice And Princess Eugenie Get Emotional During Teenage Cancer Trust Awards

Princess Beatrice And Princess Eugenie Get Emotional During Teenage Cancer Trust Awards
July 10, 2020 - 04:22 / Hayley Paskevich

During the Teenage Cancer Trust Awards ceremony, which was held virtually, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were overcome with emotion! Find out what happened here!

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were incredibly touched after hearing some powerful stories during a recent online event!

As People shares, the royal sisters hosted the first annual Teenage Cancer Trust Awards on June 30 via Zoom. And in footage from the ceremony that was released on Thursday, both Beatrice and Eugenie can be seen moved to tears! 

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Princess Eugenie and her Sister Princess Beatrice of York at the United Nations in New York City, New York, July 26, 2018

Beatrice and Eugenie speak to grandmother who lost son to cancer

Beatrice and Eugenie listened to 85-year-old Enid Waterfall— who was one of the recipients of the awards— talk about how the death of her 21-year-old son Richard led to undertaking an incredible fundraising effort.

"You feel closer to Richard when you are doing it," Waterfall said of her choice to become an "unstoppable fundraiser," in her own words. "It’s not me, it’s the people who give, the people who work with me and who keep giving money time after time," she explained.

As Beatrice and Eugenie fought back tears upon hearing her story, Waterfall made her dedication. "This really is for all those people, my family and for Richard who did so much fundraising before he died," she continued. "I’m delighted to win this award."

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Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

Eugenie called Waterfall's fundraising efforts "an amazing thing"

Eugenie was particularly emotional during the Zoom call, with good reason. That's because as People reports, Eugenie's father-in-law had coronavirus earlier this year and was admitted to intensive care.

"What an amazing thing to do in honor of his memory," the royal said, trying not to cry as she extended her condolences to Waterfall. "It must be so difficult to go through that." As People mentions, both Beatrice and Eugenie have been patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust from a young age. 

The awards ceremony was created as a way to "shine a spotlight" on all of those who make valuable contributions to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which offers care and support to youth in the U.K. who have cancer.

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Princess Eugenie at the Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentations At Buckingham Palace

Eugenie says that presenting awards to charity is "a real honour"

Eugenie spoke after the event about how touched she was to get to host the ceremony with her sister. "It has been a real honour for Beatrice and I to present these awards to such dedicated, kind and inspiring individuals," she shared.

"Hearing what it has been like working on the frontline, the personal stories that drive fundraising and how inspirational young people have campaigned in the face of adversity — and all during a global pandemic — will stay with us forever."

"Beatrice and I have grown up with Teenage Cancer Trust," Eugenie went on to say. "We have been inspired by our mother, who is an Honorary Patron of this incredible charity, and support it in what is its – and my - 30th year. We’ve shared many experiences along the way and people like these worthy award winners truly inspire us."

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Princess Eugenie attends The Serpentine Galleries Summer Party on June 28, 2017.

Eugenie to team of young fundraisers: "People like you inspire us"

Eugenie was also incredibly touched by the story of Mike and Pascal O'Leary, 13-year-old fundraisers who raised over $1 million for Teenage Cancer Trust. "People like you inspire us," she said to them. "You inspire one person and hopefully that continues."

As People mentions, Waterfall and the O'Learys were just a few of the honourees. Beatrice and Eugenie also honoured 21-year-old Crystal Marshall, 24-year-old Alex Charlton, fundraisers Rod Smallwood and Alexander Milas, nurse Nicky Pettitt, and Youth Support Coordinator Julie Gonzalez.