Lady Louise Windsor: Commentators on ‘big moment’
Lady Louise, 18, is unlikely to become a senior member of the Royal Family, according to royal commentator Ian Lloyd. And this could be beneficial to the teenage daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as it would give her more freedom to pursue the path she wants and cultivate her passions, the expert said.
Louise is known to be a skilled carriage driver, a passion she shared with Prince Philip.
But she has also reportedly impressed the Queen with her artistic skills.
Mr Lloyd noted the young Wessex shares a keen eye for drawing with Princess Margaret’s daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto.
Speaking about the chances to see Lady Louise become a full-time working member of the Firm, the author of The Duke: A Life in 100 Chapters, said: “I think it would be that Louise will have a few charities and worthy causes but I can’t see her being a full-time member of the Royal Family in a way that previous generations have been.
Lady Louise Windsor is believed to have a keen eye for drawing
Lady Sarah Chatto is the Queen’s only niece
“And that may suit her because it is very restricting being a member of the Firm.
“When you don’t have a royal path drawn ahead – like Zara or Peter Phillips – you are free to do what you want.
“Lady Louise has her own talent she may wish to pursue, she may wish to be an artist like Margaret’s daughter and spend her time doing that.
“Princess Anne just about managed to balance the life between being a princess and an equestrian.
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Prince Edward and Sophie with their children James and Louise
“Lady Louise likes carriage driving, if she wants to do that professionally and enter competition abroad and so on if she isn’t a working member of the Royal Family it’s easier for her to do so.”
Lady Sarah Chatto, the Queen’s only niece, enrolled at the Camberwell School of Art and went on studying art at the Royal Academy Schools.
She has been exhibiting her artworks, under the name Sarah Armstrong-Jones, at The Redfern Gallery since 1995 and won two awards thanks to her skills.
Lady Louise reportedly has “obvious artistic skills”, which led the Queen to give her youngest granddaughter the permission to go through some of Queen Victoria’s sketches.
Lady Sarah Chatto is an artist
Lady Louise Windsor during the Trooping the Colour parade 2019
A source previously claimed to The Sun: “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.”
Touching on the Queen’s close ties with Edward and Sophie’s children, the insider added: “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.”
Lady Louise Windsor turned 18 in November
As a granddaughter of the monarch, Louise was entitled to receive at birth a royal title and HRH style.
However, her parents agreed with the Queen not to give Louise and her brother James, Viscount Severn, full royal titles, allowing them to live a more sheltered life than their cousins.
After reaching adult age, Louise and James can decide whether to ask the Queen for permission to receive their royal titles and become working royals.
However, their mother Sophie doesn’t believe this is a likely scenario.
Lady Louise Windsor is a skilled carriage driver
Speaking to the Sunday Times in the summer of 2020, she said: “We try to educate them with the understanding that they will most likely have to work for a living.
“That is why we made the decision not to use HRH titles.
“They have them and can decide to use them after 18, but I think it is very unlikely.”
Louise turned 18 in November, but hasn’t so far publicly voiced a desire to change her status.
Ian Lloyd The Duke: A Life in 100 Chapters, the History Press, is now available in paperback.