PRINCESS Beatrice has had a seat named after her at York Theatre Royal.

The Princess, who visited the theatre earlier this month, is raising awareness of the venue's Name A Seat campaign.

Under the campaign, seats can be named for £300, with funds going towards the last £500,000 needed to pay for the £4.1m refurbishment of the theatre.

Liz Wilson, chief executive of the theatre, said: "We were delighted to have the opportunity to present Princess Beatrice with her own seat during her visit, and hope this will raise further awareness of our fundraising campaign.

"As part of the theatre’s transformation, we are offering our audiences and friends the chance to personalise a part of the theatre by naming a seat in the newly decorated auditorium, and hope Princess Beatrice’s involvement will inspire others to become part of the theatre’s history."

The theatre will close for eight months from March next year to improve access to the auditorium, refurbish the foyer and cafe, and replace the stage.

To name a seat email go to or phone 01904 623568.