The Queen’s ‘favourite granddaughter’ Lady Louise Windsor shakes her mother’s hand as grieving royals thank Balmoral’s mourners

The QUEEN’s ‘favourite grandchild’ Lady Louise Windsor was spotted squeezing her mother’s hand as royals put on an emotional show at Balmoral today.

Well-wishers crowded outside the royal estate as the Queen’s grieving family attended a service at nearby Crathie Kirk church.

The Queen's'favourite grandchild' Lady Louise squeezed the hand of her mother Sophie Wessex as they attended a church service in Balmoral today

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The Queen’s ‘favourite grandchild’ Lady Louise squeezed the hand of her mother Sophie Wessex as they attended a church service in Balmoral todayPhoto credit: Getty
Prince Andrew left cover to attend the service

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Prince Andrew left cover to attend the servicePhoto credit: AFP
Several members of the Royal Family have remained at Balmoral after the Queen's death

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Several members of the Royal Family have remained at Balmoral after the Queen’s deathCredit: PA

Lady Louise, who has been dubbed the Queen’s “favourite grandchild” by royal insiders, was seen emotionally holding the hand of her mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as she greeted the crowd of mourners.

While King Charles III, Queen Camilla, Prince William and Prince Harry have all traveled back to London, several other members of the royal family stayed at Balmoral.

Those still in Scotland attended a memorial service today at the church of Crathie Kirk, who was a favorite of the Queen during her numerous trips to her Balmoral estate.

Lady Louise was joined at the service by her mother Sophie, her father Prince Edward and the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne.

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Anne’s children, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, were also there to pay their respects, along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who burst into tears as she read a tribute to their beloved grandmother.

The devastated Princess was comforted by her father Prince Andrew, who broke cover to attend the service.

The prince thanked the public for their support as he announced “now we begin the handover process”.

Andrew waved to onlookers as he led a convoy of black Land Rovers to the nearby chapel.

The grieving royals looked solemn as they arrived for today’s service, where they were greeted by well-wishers as they thanked the crowd for their support.

As they turned to wave goodbye to the waiting crowds, the Queen’s “favourite lady” Louise was also seen with an emotional look as the family mourned the Queen on Thursday.

After the memorial service, the family paused to look at the flowers and tributes that were left just outside Balmoral for the beloved Queen.

The family pilgrimage took place today when King Charles III. was formally proclaimed monarch at St. James’ Palace in London.

Dubbed the royal family’s “secret weapon”, 18-year-old Louise previously endeared herself to the Queen during her annual summer trips to Balmoral.

She is said to have played an important role in sparking an interest in art in seven-year-old Princess Charlotte – daughter of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

A royal source previously told The Sun: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James are enjoying their time at Balmoral and she has become particularly close to Louise who appears to have become her favorite granddaughter, closely followed by James.

“Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children while they were up here.

“Louise loves to draw and sketch and has been very patient trying to get Charlotte to take pictures of rabbits and deer.”

Members of the royal family stopped to observe flowers and tributes being left at the gates of Balmoral

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Members of the royal family stopped to observe flowers and tributes being left at the gates of BalmoralCredit: PA
The royals thanked the well-wishers as they exited the nearby memorial service

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The royals thanked the well-wishers as they exited the nearby memorial servicePhoto credit: Getty

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