Lady Louise Windsor

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Louise on Christmas Day 2017
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor

(2003-11-08) 8 November 2003 (age 15)
Frimley, Surrey, England
Family House of Windsor

Lady Louise Windsor (Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor; [1] born 8 November 2003) is the elder child and only daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. She is the youngest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She is 13th in the line of succession to the British throne.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex Youngest son of Elizabeth II

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, is the youngest of four children and the third son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his birth, he was third in line of succession to the British throne; as of June 2019, he is 11th. The Earl is a full-time working member of the British royal family and supports the Queen in her official duties – often alongside his wife, the Countess of Wessex - as well as undertaking public engagements for a large number of his own charities. In particular he has assumed many duties from his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public life in 2017. Prince Edward succeeded Prince Philip as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation and opened the 1990 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand and the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia. He has also taken over the Duke's role in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex member of the British royal family

Sophie, Countess of Wessex,, is a member of the British royal family. She is the wife of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Married in 1999, she worked in public relations until 2002 and now is a full-time working member of the royal family who splits her time between her work in support of the Queen and a large number of her own charities and organisations. The Earl and Countess have two children: Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, who are respectively thirteenth and twelfth in line to the British throne.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Member of the British Royal Family, consort to Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the husband of Queen Elizabeth.


Birth and baptism

Lady Louise was born prematurely on 8 November 2003 at 23:32 GMT at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey after her mother was rushed there by ambulance from the Wessex home at Bagshot Park, Surrey; Prince Edward was not present for the birth because he was in Mauritius and because it came so suddenly. [2] Lady Louise was delivered via emergency Caesarean section due to placental abruption, which caused severe blood loss to both child and mother. Louise was transferred to a neo-natal unit in St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, as a precaution. Meanwhile, her mother remained at Frimley Park until she was well enough to be discharged, on 23 November 2003. Lady Louise's name was announced on 27 November. [3]

Frimley Park Hospital Hospital in Surrey, England

Frimley Park Hospital is a large, 938-bed general hospital in Frimley, Surrey. It is managed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, and houses a private wing.

Surrey County of England

Surrey is a county in South East England which borders Kent to the east, West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest, and Greater London to the northeast.

Bagshot Park royal residence in Surrey, England

Bagshot Park is a royal residence located near Bagshot, a village 11 miles (18 km) south of Windsor and approximately 11 miles (18 km) north west of Guildford. It is on Bagshot Heath, a fifty square-mile tract of formerly open land in Surrey and Berkshire. Bagshot Park occupies 21 hectares within the designated area of Windsor Great Park.

She was baptised in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle on 24 April 2004 by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor and her godparents were Lady Sarah Chatto, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Lady Alexandra Etherington, Francesca Schwarzenbach and Rupert Elliott. [4] [5] Louise was the last child to wear the original royal christening gown. [6]

Windsor Castle Royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire

Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the English and later British royal family and for its architecture.

David John Conner, is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current Dean of Windsor, and was formerly the Bishop to the Forces (2001–2009).

Dean of Windsor head of the Canons of St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle

The Dean of Windsor is the spiritual head of the Canons of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, England. The Dean chairs meetings of the Chapter of Canons as primus inter pares. The post of dean of Wolverhampton was assimilated to the deanery of Windsor, around 1480.

Born with esotropia, Lady Louise underwent an operation in an unsuccessful attempt to correct the problem in January 2006. [7] She had further treatment in late 2013 that corrected her vision. [8]

Esotropia Esotropia is a strabismus in which the eye turns inward toward the nose

Esotropia is a form of strabismus in which one or both eyes turns inward. The condition can be constantly present, or occur intermittently, and can give the affected individual a "cross-eyed" appearance. It is the opposite of exotropia and usually involves more severe axis deviation than esophoria. Esotropia is sometimes erroneously called "lazy eye", which describes the condition of amblyopia—a reduction in vision of one or both eyes that is not the result of any pathology of the eye and cannot be resolved by the use of corrective lenses. Amblyopia can, however, arise as a result of esotropia occurring in childhood: In order to relieve symptoms of diplopia or double vision, the child's brain will ignore or "suppress" the image from the esotropic eye, which when allowed to continue untreated will lead to the development of amblyopia. Treatment options for esotropia include glasses to correct refractive errors, the use of prisms and/or orthoptic exercises and/or eye muscle surgery. The term is from Greek eso meaning "inward" and trope meaning "a turning".


Lady Louise attended St George's School [9] in Windsor Castle before moving to St. Mary's School [10] in Ascot in 2017 for her year 9 school year.

St George's School, Windsor Castle is a coeducational independent preparatory school in Windsor, near London, England. Founded to provide choirboys for the Choir of St George's Chapel, it now educates over 400 boys and girls.

Ascot, Berkshire affluent small town in east Berkshire, England

Ascot is a small town in East Berkshire, England, 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Windsor, 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Bracknell and 25 miles (40 km) west of London. It is most notable as the location of Ascot Racecourse, home of the Royal Ascot meeting, and is reportedly one of the most valuable towns in England when taking into account the average house price. It is also one of the most expensive towns in Britain to rent a property. The town comprises three areas: Ascot itself, North Ascot and South Ascot. It is in the civil parish of Sunninghill and Ascot.

Official appearances

In 2011, at age 7, Lady Louise was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. [11]

Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton Wedding that took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London

The wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The groom, Prince William, is second in the line of succession to the British throne. The bride, Catherine Middleton, had been his girlfriend since 2003.

In April 2015, Louise and her brother participated in their first overseas engagement. They accompanied their parents on a trip to South Africa. [12]

In August 2018, Louise accompanied her mother, patron of UK Sail Training, to Haslar Marina to meet a group of young girls working towards earning their qualification on an entry-level course of the Royal Yachting Association. [13] In the same month, mother and daughter attended the final of the Hockey Women’s World Cup in London. The Countess has a great interest in the sport and is the patron of England Hockey. [14] At age 14, Louise was a special attendant at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. [15] To celebrate her 15th birthday, in November 2018, mother and daughter, made a cameo appearance on Strictly Come Dancing as they watched the popular BBC show from the audience. [16] The Countess accompanied by her daughter, Louise, attended the International Horse Show at Olympia, London in December. [17]

Personal interests

She is a member of Girlguiding, of which her grandmother is patron and her mother is president. [18] Her mother was a Brownie and a Guide when she was a child. [19]

Lady Louise was taught to ride at a young age and joined her father on horseback as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor in 2016. [20] She has taken up carriage driving, a sport popularised in Britain by her grandfather, Prince Philip. [21] 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. [22]

In May 2019, Louise an accomplished equestrian took part in the Private Driving Singles carriage drive at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and came third place. [23]

Titles, styles, and honours

Titles and styles

She is styled as "Lady Louise Windsor", [24] although letters patent issued in 1917, and still in force, assign a princely status and the style of Royal Highness to all children of a monarch's sons. [25] Consequently Lady Louise would have been entitled to be styled as "Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex". However, when her parents married, the Queen, via a Buckingham Palace press release, announced that their children would be styled as the children of an earl, rather than as prince or princess. [26] Thus, court communications refer to her as Lady Louise Windsor. [27]


In June 2008, to recognise a visit by her father to the Canadian province of Manitoba, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba-in-Council named a lake in the north of the province after Lady Louise. [28]

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Lady Louise Windsor
Born: 8 November 2003
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Viscount Severn
Succession to the British throne
13th in line
Followed by
The Princess Royal
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Princess Eugenie of York
Lady Louise Windsor
Followed by
Zara Tindall