Who was Lady Louise, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite granddaughter?

The young lady, who will turn 19 in November, is very close to the queen. Praised for his character, specialists presented him as “the secret weapon of the monarchy”.

“Very intelligent”, “secret weapon of the monarchy”, “care”… Superlatives rained on Lady Louise Windsor, the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II presented by all the British media as her favorite. But who is this smart young lady who will be 19 next November?

Daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor was born on November 8, 2003 in Frimley, Surrey. He sits 15th in line to the British throne, behind his younger brother James, due to the male-preference rule of primogeniture, which was amended in 2013 but not retroactively.

Born prematurely, after a complicated delivery, Louise also suffered from esotropia, a form of strabismus which was corrected in 2006, then in 2013.

“Premature babies often have strabismus because the eyes are the last thing a child finishes. His strabismus is very pronounced when he is small and you need to treat him quickly. But now everything is fine. His life is perfect,” said his mother Sophie The Express.

Ambassador for the Prevention of Blindness

Due to her visual impairment, Louise became involved with the blind and visually impaired. Ambassador since 2003 of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, the girl fought for this cause in Qatar and India, to present prevention programs there.

Lady Louise Windsor on January 9, 2004 two months after her birth with her parents
Lady Louise Windsor on January 9, 2004 two months after her birth with her parents © Pool

Louise’s name was revealed on November 27, 2003, about twenty days after her birth. The christening took place at Windsor Castle on April 24, 2004. On this occasion, she wore the christening garment commissioned by Queen Victoria, which has been worn by eight generations of royal children. He was the last to wear it.

Louise was educated at St George’s School before attending St Mary’s School. It was in this selective establishment that he specialized in English, history, politics and theatre, and participated in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Prize, a program to encourage youth founded in 1956 by his grandfather Philip.

“Unbelievably Close”

Very safe from the tabloids since her birth, she is no longer on social networks, but has been exposing herself more since 2018. Her first public intervention began in 2011. At the age of 7, she was a bridesmaid in the wedding of year. of Prince William and Kate Middleton, his cousins.

Lady Louise, according to the British media who noted her resemblance to the Queen at the same age, is the favorite granddaughter of Elizabeth II. It is especially their common love for horses, which binds them. According to New Idea, The girl often goes on long horse rides with her grandmother. And after Harry and Meghan step down from the Royal Family in 2020, Louise will have to take on a bigger role as Queen.

“The Queen and Lady Louise are incredibly close,” a source told British media in 2021. “She has her head on her shoulders, she’s caring. She reminds the Queen of the young woman she used to be. […] They are often seen riding horses together. And the queen shared her wisdom with him.”

Lady Louise Windsor with Kate Middleton at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
Lady Louise Windsor with Kate Middleton during the London Paralympic Games in 2012 © STEFAN ROUSSEAU / POOL / AFP

In 2021, Louise appeared in a BBC documentary about Prince Philip. “I really hope he makes me proud,” she said, referring to their shared love of driving. “After a competition, he always asks me how it happened. His eyes light up as he is happy to talk about it”.

“He is very intelligent”

Louise likes to study. “He is very intelligent,” his mother confided to Sunday Times. The pandemic has been a difficult time for him: “He struggled to learn online because he wanted to be with his peers,” Prince Edward revealed in news of heaven in February 2021.

After working this summer at a garden centerwhere he allegedly helped with checkouts, greeted customers and pruned and repotted plants, according to the tabloids The sun, Louise will start her university course in September at St Andrews, where she will study English. Thus he walked in the footsteps of Williamwho met his wife Kate there.

For royal correspondent Phil Dampier, Louise is the monarchy’s “secret weapon”: “She appears very mature for her age and will be a prominent member of the royal family for years to come.” Louise never missed a Trooping the Color parade, and performed her first overseas royal engagement at the age of 12.

His mother Sophie explained to Sunday Times wants to educate his daughter “with the idea that[elle devrait] probably work to earn [sa] life”. She is also not a princess, because her parents decided at their wedding that their children would be called children of earls, to save them the burden of royalty, according to the BBC. She chose to his 18 years without using his titles of royal majesty.

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