Beatrice is a fully developed female character who transcends gender expertations. She is the fifth daughter in her family, and her name means "A Woman is Also Something", because when she was born, her father had wanted a boy. Beatrice has been educated at the University of London, and holds a post as an administrator in a state office. She is also a writer.
Beatrice is sophisticated and intelligent, and has a gift to be able to connect with the common people of the land. She has been described as ambitious, but in reality she has never aspired to high office and her greatest desire is to be allowed to live a peaceful life away from the limelight.