Who Is Lady Louise Windsor? The Queen’s ‘Favourite’ Grandchild

She attended Prince Philip's memorial after keeping out of the spotlight for years in exchange for a more normal upbringing.

Lady Louise Windsor

by Lydia Spencer-Elliott |

There are four of the Queen’s grandchild that always seem to be in the headlines. Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Prince William, and Princess Beatrice, all have a strong public image and are never far from a TV interview or public engagement. But another of the Queen’s grandchildren (and reportedly her favourite) has lived her life almost entirely away from the public eye.

Lady Louise Windsor made her global 'debut' at Kate and William’s wedding in 2011 when she sweetly rode in a horse-drawn carriage with her cousin Prince Harry. More than ten years later, there’s plenty more to learn about the elusive royal.

Many people have recently had increased interest in Lady Louise Windsor after she attended Prince Philip's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday. In a sweet tribute to her late grandfather, Lady Windsor wore an equestrian broach as a nod to their shared love of horse riding.

So, here's everything you need to know about Lady Louise Windsor...

Who is Lady Louise Windsor?

Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor is Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex’s eldest daughter, making her the Queen’s grandchild and 16th in line to the throne. She was born on 8 November 2003, and has a 13-year-old brother, James, Viscount Severn.

Why isn’t Lady Louise Windsor a princess?

When Lady Louise Windsor turned 18 last November, the public and the press were waiting for her to announce whether she would choose to claim her HRH title. When she was born, Louise’s parents decided she would be given the Lady title instead in the hope that she could live a more normal life as a child.

‘We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living,' Louise’s mother Sophie previously told The Times. ‘Hence, we made the decision not to use HRH titles. They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it's highly unlikely.’ There has still been some speculation that Louise may choose to become a Princess, however, after Harry and Meghan left the firm and Prince Andrew became embroiled in a sexual assault case.

What is Lady Louise Windsor’s role in the royal family?

Lady Louise Windsor gave her first public interview in November in a BBC documentary about her late grandfather Prince Phillip, who she had a close and friendly relationship with. However, it has been reported that Lady Louise’s role in the royal family could increase after she handle the interview with such poise and warmth. According to the Telegraph, she is being considered the Queen’s ‘secret weapon’ among the younger royals and may take on some duties previously intended for Prince Harry.

However, Louise’s mother Sophie told The Times she’s keen for her daughter to go to university after she worked so hard on her A-levels and it has been made clear in previous interviews that Louise is expected to work and can’t rely on her royal title to support her.

Does Lady Louise Windsor have an eye condition?

When Lady Louise was born, her mother had an emergency caesarean due to complications and Louise was born with a condition called esotropia. Growing up, she had problems with her vision and underwent operations on her eyes at just eight months old. While the first procedure was unsuccessful, Louise later had a second in 2014 and she can now see normally, according to HELLO!

Is Lady Louise Windsor the Queen’s favourite grandchild?

There have been numerous reports from royal insiders that Lady Louise is the Queen’s favourite grandchild. A source told The Sun: 'The Queen loves the fact that Louise and [her brother] 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,’ they continued. 'Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer.'

'Because of her 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.’

Apparently, growing up, Louise always thought of the Queen as simply her grandmother and didn’t realise she was royal for years. ‘For Louise…it was much more of a shock to the system,’ her mother told the BBC. ‘It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, “Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen.” And I asked her, “Yes, how does that make you feel?” And she said, “I don’t understand…” I don’t think she had grasped perhaps there was only one Queen.’

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