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Lady Louise Windsor: Sophie Wessex and Edward’s daughter could become princess very soon

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Lady Louise Windsor, 17, has been raised outside the royal limelight by her parents Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57. But the teenager could undergo a big change when she turns 18 this coming November.

Louise is Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest granddaughter and is 15th in line to the throne.

While the teenager does not have a prominent place in the line of succession a royal rule means she has been entitled to an HRH style and princess title from birth.

The 1917 King George V Letters Patent means grandchildren of the presiding sovereign receive official royal titles from the moment they are born.

However, Sophie and Edward decided against raising their children with their titles in order to afford them more privacy.

Louise will be 18 on November 8, at which point she could choose to adopt her princess title and HRH style if she wishes to be known as such.

Sophie and Edward’s daughter impressed royal fans in the wake of her grandfather Prince Philip’s death in April as she stepped out for several engagements.

While Louise seems at ease in the public eye, her mother Sophie has previously expressed doubt she will choose to be known as a princess.

Referring to her children’s titles the Countess previously told the Sunday Times Magazine: “They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

Louise is currently studying for her A-Levels at girls private school St Mary’s Ascot.

Sophie has previously expressed her wish for Louise to go to university and said she and Edward are raising their children with the expectation they will have to work for a living rather than joining the Firm.

In a recent interview, Sophie revealed her fears for her daughter’s future in the public eye.

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The Countess told the BBC: “I hope that she and her friends will protect her from anything that somebody might want to do.”

“But I have to let her live her life. It’s not mine to live.”

The Countess also revealed she discusses the work she does with victims of rape in conflict zones with her children.

Sophie has dedicated much of her royal work to raising awareness around sexual violence as a weapon and told the BBC, Louise is “very aware” of such issues.

The Countess said: “My daughter, she’s 17 and she’s very aware of this kind of thing… we chat about it quite a lot and particularly if I’ve been on a trip somewhere, she wants to know where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.

She added: “I think it’s about having honest, open conversations as a family, but also hopefully in school settings as well.”

While Louise is said to be the Queen’s favourite grandchild she is unlikely to take on a more prominent royal role in future.

The Wessex family live a t Bagshot Park in Surrey, a short drive from Windsor Castle.

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