Lady Louise Windsor: Sophie Wessex discusses family in 2016
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Lady Louise has been spending most of her summers with her family in Balmoral with the Queen since she was very young. In a long-established tradition, members of the Royal Family spend time at the Scottish retreat in turn as Her Majesty moves her operation to the Scottish residence for at least a month each year. And Lady Louise is reported to have taken on the role of helper to support her cousin Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge entertain their three children.
French magazine Gala unearthed comments from a royal source detailing the unexpected role Lady Louise had been taking on during the summer holidays.
The insider said: “Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children when they were up here.”
Louise is reported to have a particularly close relationship with Princess Charlotte despite the 11-year gap between them.
The source continued: “Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer.
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“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.”
Lady Louise shares her passion for drawing with her uncle Prince Charles, who is a passionate watercolourist.
Other members of the Royal Family have also showcased their artistic skills, including Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Helena.
A statue of the former Queen currently placed outside of Kensington Palace in London was sculpted by Helena and erected there in 1893.
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Lady Louise, who will be turning 18 in November, received her AS-level results this week and is expected to complete her A-level qualification next year.
The young royal will then be given the opportunity to take up a role as a working royal or focus entirely on her higher education.
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex expressed hopes her “clever” daughter will proceed to university much like her cousin Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
When she becomes of age, as the daughter of a direct male heir to the Queen, Louise will be entitled to adopt the HRH style.
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However, Sophie admitted it was “highly unlikely” either Lady Louise or her brother James, Viscount Severn will opt into the HRH system.
In an interview last year, the Countess of Wessex said: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.
“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.
“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”
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