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  • 17 January 2013, 4:21

Princesses In First Joint Overseas Duty

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are to drive a Mini emblazoned with the Union flag across Berlin in their first overseas duty.

The royal sisters are in Germany for a two-day tour promoting the UK as part of the Great Campaign - a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to the UK.

They will drive a Mini emblazoned with the Union flag from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to the British Embassy a short distance away.

The event launches the Great Britain Mini tour across Germany, a trip which will showcase the very best of British - from culture to technology to music to innovation.

During the day, the royals will travel around Berlin attending a range of events, from a fashion fair to support the British textile industry to meeting the UK team of a German online shop.

Princess Beatrice, 24, thought to be working for a venture capital firm, and Eugenie, 22, who is completing a series of work placements, will spend Friday in Hanover highlighting the heritage and knowledge elements of the Great Campaign.

They will then attend the reopening of Herrenhausen palace, meet members of the Lower Saxony and Hanover administrations, and visit other historical sites.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "They were asked to do it by Number 10 to support the Great Britain campaign and they were happy to do it.

"It's all about raising awareness of the UK as a great place to visit or do business with."

She added that Beatrice and Eugenie's father, the Duke of York, will pay for their travel expenses from his private funds.

Nicknamed "Airmiles Andy", Prince Andrew - a former trade envoy for the UK - has been heavily criticised in the past for UK taxpayer-funded trips around the world.