Unlocked Royal car stolen in street

The Royal Family's car insurance premiums have taken a knock after Princess Beatrice's reportedly unlocked car was stolen on a London street.

Westminster Police are investigating reports that the princess's £17,000 1 Series BMW was stolen after she left it unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

If the reports are 1, her car insurance will become void, leaving a hefty bill to replace the car if it is not recovered.

The 20-year-old princess left her car, a 17th birthday present from her father the Duke of York, in the West 1 area of London on Wednesday morning.

Princess Beatrice, who drove the car herself, has a personal police protection officer with her at all times.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman could not confirm the reports that the car was left unlocked with the keys in the ignition, but added that there had been no arrests over the incident.

He said that police are investigating and that the vehicle "has not been recovered at this time."

A spokeswoman for Princess Beatrice's mother, the Duchess of York, declined to comment on the incident.

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