Princess Beatrice shared a video message to officially launch Parallel Windsor Virtual. The Princess, who is pregnant with her first child, spoke with excitement about the award-winning event.
And she briefly touched upon her wonderful memories at Windsor, where she grew up and often visited her royal grandparents.
She said: “I am so excited to welcome everyone at Parallel Windsor 2021.
“What an incredible, historic place for an event such as this.
“I know that I’ve spent a lot of time walking and running around these incredible grounds.
“So I hope you have the best time.”
The pregnant Princess went on speaking about the challenges presented by the pandemic, especially for those living with disabilities.
She said: “Whether you have chosen to do the 10k, 5k, 1k or even 100 metres, this event is an amazing celebration of disability inclusion.
“This year has been an incredibly challenging year, but for those with disabilities it has left people feeling isolated and alone.
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“So, I am so thrilled that this event is taking place in order to bring people together.
“And I’d just like to thank every single one of you for taking part, and I’d like to thank the organisers and the events team for making this possible, especially during these unprecedented times.
“So have fun, have the best time and remember, start together and finish whenever – this moment is for you.”
Parallel Windsor normally takes place in Berkshire.
But this year became a virtual event with attendees invited to take part in it from anywhere, due to the Covid restrictions still in place.
The fundraising event took place on June 27.
Princess Beatrice’s message comes at an exciting time for the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.
In May, she announced her pregnancy with a brief statement shared by Buckingham Palace, which also revealed the baby is due in autumn.
And in a fortnight she will celebrate her first wedding anniversary with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Last year, the loved-up pair surprised royal fans with a low-key and secret wedding in Windsor.
Among the handful of guests there were Prince Philip and the Queen, who drove to the All Saints Chapel from Windsor Castle, where they were self-isolating.
Moreover, Princess Beatrice recently became an aunt, as her sister Princess Eugenie gave birth in February to August Philip Hawke.
Much like her sister, Princess Beatrice is not a working member of the Royal Family.
The 32-year-old has a career of her own and is currently employed as the Vice President of Partnerships & Strategy.
However, she does attend royal events open to wider members of the Royal Family and is patron of a few charities.