To daddy's chalet… and beyond! Holly Branson dresses up as Buzz Lightyear and downs toffee vodka with Princess Beatrice
23:31 GMT, 26 March 2012
What does a member of the Royal Family, several bottles of toffee vodka and Buzz Lightyear have in common A night out on the piste, of course.
For after a hard day’s skiing in the upmarket Swiss resort of Verbier at the weekend, Princess Beatrice was joined by friends including tycoon’s daughter, Holly Branson, for a lively night out.
Dressed in a variety of costumes – led by blonde newly-wed Holly, 30, who was dressed as one of the lead characters from the children’s film Toy Story – the 18-strong group of socialites hit swish Farinet Bar in the centre of town for some spirited aprs-ski.
Party animal: Holly Branson dressed as Buzz Lightyear at a fancy dress party during ski holiday in Verbier
Starting on the terrace outside at around 6pm on Sunday, the group downed pints of beer and shots as they laughed and joked.
Perhaps mindful of her position as
the Queen’s grand-daughter, Beatrice, 23, eschewed fancy dress for
simple black leggings and a North Face gillet and carried a bottle of
But the fifth-in-line-to-the-throne
did confide in fellow party-goers towards the end of the three-hour
drinking session that she had drunk 'about five toffee vodkas and a
Jaegermeister' while talking with friends, including a girl dressed as a
‘You should try them, they’re amaaaazing,’ the Duke of York’s daughter laughed.
Inside Holly, who married banker
Freddie Andrews, 30, in a lavish ceremony on her father’s private
Caribbean island, Necker, shortly before Christmas, danced on tables and
happily posed for photographs in her cartoon character outfit before
being escorted home by friends.
Party animals: The group were said to have downed toffee shots at the bar
A holidaying Brit who was at the bar when Holly, Beatrice and their pals arrived said the young Royal had come across well.
Rob, 27, from London, said: 'I come
here a lot and the bars get busy, but you don't often get fancy dress in
Verbier. I thought Holly looked good. It was funny, but I don't think
other people were so impressed.'
He added: 'I spoke to Beatrice and she seemed very sweet.'
The group is staying for the week at
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson's luxury chalet, set above the resort
with sprawling views of the alps.
The mountain-side home, which costs
up to 100,000 a week to rent, is notorious for its extravagance – even
by the luxury resort’s standards – and has previously hosted Al Pacino,
Jamie Oliver and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Just last week Richard Branson was in town, staying at his home with Sir Bob Geldof and Queen drummer Roger Taylor.
The chalet boasts a swimming pool,
spa facilities and even a handful of Jacuzzis on the first floor
balcony, where Holly, her brother Sam and their friends could be seen
and heard from the road – chatting loudly as they were served drinks,
watching the sunset.
Staff at the chalet are on hand
throughout the day to cater to their every whim, driving the group to
town at the beginning of the day in their ski gear, picking them up in
the afternoon and then transporting them to one of the resort’s numerous
bars to party into the early hours.
Chums: Holly and Beatrice attend an event honouring Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday last September
A Virgin spokesman said there was no
particular reason for the fancy dress. ‘It was just a fun night out with
friends – nothing more,’ she said.
It is Beatrice’s second ski holiday
in the resort so far this year. She spent New Year in the same bar with
her sister, Princess Eugenie, and cousin, Prince Harry.
Beatrice, who graduated from
university last summer, is currently undertaking a number of work
experience placements while she decides on a future career but was given
time off to go on holiday with her friends.
Buckingham Palace announced yesterday
that she would be undertaking her first royal engagement with her
grandmother, The Queen, when she attends the Royal Maundy Service at
York Minster next Thursday.
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh,
the family group will attend the annual service, during which the Queen
distributes Maundy money to 86 women and 86 men – one for each of her
86 years (her actual birthday is on April 21). Each recipient receives
two purses, one red and one white.
The red purse will contain a 5 coin
commemorating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and a special 50p coin. The
white purse will contain uniquely minted Maundy Money. This takes the
form of silver one, two, three and four penny pieces, the sum of which
equals the Monarch’s age.
The recipients are all retired
pensioners recommended ministers of all denominations in recognition of
service to the Church and to the community in York.
Sources have suggested that
Beatrice’s father, Prince Andrew, has been lobbying for his daughter to
have a more significant royal role but Buckingham Palace yesterday
insisted that it was a long-standing engagement.
‘In line with many other senior
members of the Royal Family, Princess Beatrice is accompanying the Queen
and the Duke of Edinburgh on one of the official jubilee engagements.
'It is the first time that she has
done so. It was thought to be a particularly appropriate engagement as
it is being conducted in York,’ a spokesman said.
Afterwards Beatrice and her grand-parents will attend a lunch at mansion House and visit the Yorkshire Museum.