LADY LOUISE WINDSOR appears to be the Queen’s favourite grandchild partly because the caring royal helps look after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis when they are all at Balmoral together, a royal insider has claimed.
Louise, 15, is the elder child of Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest child. This makes her the second cousin once removed of George, 6, Charlotte, 4, and Louis, 1, the children of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The Queen apparently also likes that Louise and her brother James, Viscount Severn, 11, really seem to enjoy their time at the royals’ Scottish residence.
A source told The Sun in September: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she had 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 Willam and Kate’s children when they were up there.”
Louise apparently used her artistic ability to help Charlotte draw pictures of animals.
The insider said: “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.”
Louise also shares the Queen’s love of horses, after being taught to ride at a young age, and even joined her father on horseback as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor in 2016.
Her mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex, revealed in an interview that year that the family spend “most weekends” riding at Windsor Castle.
She explained that her children were “more fortunate” than other royal grandchildren, because they see the Queen on a regular basis.
She told Sky News’ Rhiannon Mills: “I think having those times together in the summer allows those relationships.
“We’re a lot more fortunate because we live so much closer to the Queen.
“So when she spends a lot of time in Windsor at weekends, our children are more fortunate because they can go over there and have tea with her on a regular basis.
“So we do see quite a lot of her and we’re over there most weekends riding, so she sees quite a lot of us. Lucky her!”
Sophie revealed in the same interview that when Louise was young she had “no concept” that the Queen and her grandmother were the same person.
She explained that it was not until she started school and other children started mentioning it to her that she began to ask questions.
The Countess said: “She’d come home and say ‘Mummy, they say that Grandmama is the Queen’.
“And I said ‘yes’ and she said ‘I don’t understand what they mean’.”
Louise is also likely to connect well with her grandfather Prince Philip, as they have an unusual shared passion.
The teenage royal has taken up carriage driving, a sport popularised in the UK by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
In May 2017, she was responsible for leading the carriages of the Champagne Laurent-Perrier Meet of the British Driving Society at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
While both Louise and James are both entitled to the “HRH’ title, they have instead been styled as children of an Earl, as their father is the Earl of Wessex.
Louise is always referred to as Lady Louise Windsor in court communications and James is referred to as Viscount Severn, one of Edward’s subsidiary titles.
Sophie and Edward decided that their children would be styled this way when they got married in 1999.