Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise Windsor
Louise on Christmas Day 2017
Born Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor[1]
(2003-11-08) 8 November 2003
Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey, England
Family Windsor
Father Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Mother Sophie Rhys-Jones

Lady Louise Windsor[2] (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. When Lady Louise was born, she was eighth in the line of succession to the British throne. Following the birth of her brother and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children, she is twelfth in the line of succession.


Lady Louise was born prematurely on 8 November 2003 (at 23:32 GMT)[3] 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 it came so suddenly. 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.[4] 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.[5][6] Louise was the last royal baby to wear the original christening gown, which had been used in 1840 by her great-great-great-grandaunt, Victoria, Princess Royal, who was the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.[7]

Born with esotropia, Louise underwent an operation in an unsuccessful attempt to correct the problem in January 2006.[8] She had further treatment in late 2013 that corrected her vision.[9]

She is a member of Girlguiding, of which her grandmother is patron and her mother is president.[10] Her mother was a Brownie and a Guide when she was a child.[11]

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

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.[13] She has taken up carriage driving, a sport popularised in Britain by her grandfather, Prince Philip.[14] 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.[15]

Louise attended St George's School[16] in Windsor Castle before moving to St. Mary's School[17] in Ascot in 2017 for her year 9 school year.

Titles, styles, and honours

Titles and styles

Louise is styled as "Lady Louise Windsor",[2] 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.[18] Consequently 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.[19] Thus, court communications refer to her as Lady Louise Windsor.[20]


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.[21]



  1. 1 2 "Mountbatten-Windsor?". Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  2. 1 2 Statement issued by the Press Secretary to the Queen: Announcement of the christening of Lady Louise Windsor - The official website of The British Monarchy
  3. "Royal baby born prematurely". BBC News. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  4. "Royal Wessex baby finally named". BBC News. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  5. "Announcement of the christening of Lady Louise Windsor". Retrieved 8 April 2004.
  6. "Royal Christenings". Yvonne's Royalty. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  7. "Prince George's christening gown: the true story". Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  8. "Lady Louise Windsor". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  9. "Prince Edward's daughter has successful operation to correct squint". The Telegraph. 14 January 2014.
  10. "Roles in Guiding". The Guide Association.
  11. "Sophie celebrates 100 years of the Brownies with Lady Louise". Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  12. "Lady Louise and James accompany mother Sophie on royal mission in South Africa".
  13. "The Queen's delight as family take part in birthday pageant". Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  14. "Lady Louise Windsor, 13, takes after grandfather Prince Philip carriage driving". Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  15. "Queen's granddaughter makes Royal Windsor driving debut". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  16. "The Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor". Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  17. "Year 9 Team-building day". Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  18. "No. 30428". The London Gazette. 14 December 1917. p. 13086.
  19. UK Government News – 19th June, 1999: TITLE OF HRH THE PRINCE EDWARD (Accessed 18 January 2014)
  20. Kidd, Charles; Shaw, Christine (2008). Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2008. Debrett's Peerage Limited. ISBN 1870520807.
  21. "Prince Edward begins Winnipeg visit". The Vancouver Sun. Canada. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original on 15 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
Lady Louise Windsor
Born: 8 November 2003
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Viscount Severn
Succession to the British throne
12th 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
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