Who is Lady Louise Windsor and is she a Princess?
LADY LOUISE WINDSOR is the daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
The young royal is said to be the Queen's "favourite grandkid" after she had a lengthy stay at Her Majesty's Scottish retreat, Balmoral, over the summer of 2019.
Who is Lady Louise Windsor?
Lady Louise, who is 14th in line to the throne, is the daughter of the Queen's youngest child, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie Rhys-Jones.
Lady Louise, who is 18, was born prematurely on November 8, 2003, at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and was delivered by emergency C-section.
She previously attended school in Windsor before moving to an Ascot school near to her parents' home, Bagshot Park.
The Wessex family, which also includes Louise’s 11-year-old brother James, Viscount Severn, are said to be close to the Queen and her late husband Philip.
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A royal insider said: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.
“Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children when they were up here.
"Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer.
"Because of her obvious artistic skill, the Queen allowed Louise to look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highlands sketches which are kept at Balmoral but are rarely dug out these days.”
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Ingrid Seward previously told Fabulous Digital that the Queen likes "ordinary people more than she does those that pander to her".
Louise is 14th in line to the throne, behind her younger brother James, as they were both born before the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act, which officially ended the centuries-old rule that male offspring take precedence over females.
Is Lady Louise Windsor a princess?
Unlike the rest of the Queen's grandchildren, Louise and James do not hold the title of princess and prince and are not addressed as HRH.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have eight grandchildren – including Louise and James, Peter and Zara Phillips, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Princes William and Harry.
Yet not all were given hereditary titles.
Prince Edward, upon his wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones, agreed with the Queen that their kids would be deemed as children of an Earl, instead of being called His or Her Royal Highness.
Princess Anne's children, Zara and Peter also don't have royal titles but Louise and James are the Queen’s first male-line descendants not to have one.
Will Lady Louise become a working royal?
It is most likely that Lady Louise will not become a working royal.
When she turned 18 in 2021, insiders said that Lady Louise is most likely to continue her studies at university rather than take an HRH title.
In June 2020, her mother Sophie Wessex said: "She's working hard and will do A-levels.
"I hope she goes to university.
"I wouldn't force her, but if she wants to.
"She's quite clever.
"We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living.
"Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.
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"They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but it's highly unlikely."
Louise will be taking English, History, Politics and Drama for her A-level exams.
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