LADY LOUISE WINDSOR is a reticent member of the royal family who is dearly loved by the Queen.
Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex’s eldest child, Lady Louise, was known to be close to her late grandfather, Prince Philip, and is considered a favorite of the Queen.
Despite being given the title ‘Princess’ by birth, Louise grew up out of the limelight and caught the attention of fans when she became the Queen’s first grandchild after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, 2021.
Who is Lady Louise Windsor?
Lady Louise is 14th in line to the throne and is the Queen’s youngest granddaughter.
Lady Louise was born prematurely on 8 November 2003 at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and delivered via emergency caesarean section.
She was born with the eye condition esotropia and had a surgery to correct her vision at 18 months, which failed and was repeated in 2014.
She attended school in Windsor before moving to an Ascot school near her childhood home, Bagshot Park.
The Wessex family, which includes Louise’s 11-year-old brother James, Viscount Severn, is said to be close to the Queen and her late husband Philip.
A royal insider said: “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 grandchild, 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 drawing and sketching and has been very patient trying to get Charlotte to take pictures of rabbits and deer.
“Because of her evident artistic ability, the Queen permitted Louise to look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highlands sketches which are kept at Balmoral but are seldom excavated nowadays.”
Ingrid Seward told Fabulous Digital that the Queen “likes ordinary people more than those who serve her”.
Louise also enjoys driving a carriage and reportedly learned the art from her grandfather, Prince Philip.
The king bequeathed his beloved ponies and carriage to his granddaughter when he died.
She was spotted driving a carriage in Windsor on May 15, 2022 at a Platinum Jubilee event attended by the Queen.
Louise is 16th in line to the throne behind her younger brother James, as they were both born before the Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which officially ended the centuries-old rule that male descendants take precedence over females.
Is Lady Louise Windsor a princess?
Unlike the Queen’s other grandchildren, Louise and James do not hold the title of Princess or Prince and are not addressed as HRH.
The Queen has eight grandchildren – including Louise and James, Peter and Zara Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Princes William and Harry.
However, not all received hereditary titles.
Prince Edward agreed with the Queen at his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones that their children would be considered the children of an earl, rather than being called His or Her Royal Highness.
Princess Anne’s children, Zara and Peter, also have no royal titles, but Louise and James are the first male descendants of the Queen not to have one.
Will Lady Louise become a working royal?
It is very likely that Lady Louise will not become a working queen.
When she turned 18 in 2021, insiders said Lady Louise will most likely continue her studies at university rather than take an HRH title.
In June 2020, her mother, Sophie Wessex, said: “She works hard and is going to graduate from high school.
“I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s pretty smart.
“We try to raise them with the understanding that they very likely have to work for a living.
“That’s why we made the decision not to use HRH titles.
“You have them and you can choose to use them over the age of 18, but it’s highly unlikely.”
Louise will be taking English, History, Politics and Theater for her high school exams in 2022.
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