Her Majesty’s favourite granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor turns 18 today, and there’s a big decision on her shoulders.
The young royal has been dubbed the Queen’s ‘secret weapon’ by experts, but it’s up to Louise if she wants to use her HRH title and forge a future with The Firm.
Discussing the teen’s future, expert Phil Dampier told the Telegraph: “She’s shaping up to be precisely the kind of person the Queen can rely on in the future.”
It’s a worrying time for the Queen, who’s dealing with drama from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, plus Prince Andrew’s raging court case.
But her beloved Lady Louise is a hopeful light in her life.
He added: “You have to ask yourself who is going to continue their legacy. There’s a huge workload there.”
According to Mr Dampier, the Queen and Prince Philip had 1,500 patronages between them – quite a challenge for Prince Charles and the Cambridges to take on alone.
Should Louise choose to use her HRH title, there may be a role for her in a slimmed-down monarchy.
The youngster shares many passions with her grandmother the Queen, including art and the great outdoors.
An insider previously told the Sun: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise relishes her time at Balmoral.
The Queen allowed Louise to look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highland sketches which are kept at Balmoral but are rarely dug out these days.”
The public shared Her Majesty’s pride during Louise’s first TV interview in September.
In the documentary Prince Philip: The Family Remembers, she recalled fond memories of her late grandfather who introduced her to carriage driving.
She also shared tales of taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, saying: “There was certainly an element of making my grandfather proud and honouring him by taking part in the award that has been so much of his life’s work. And I definitely hope that I have made him proud.”
Louise’s parents, Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex, have offered their daughter a relatively normal upbringing away from the pressures of royal life.
She’s currently studying for her A-levels at a private school in Ascot, with a view (Mum hopes) to go on to university.
Sophie told BBC Radio 5: “I wouldn’t want to force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever.”
But it’s Louise’s mature outlook and life away from the spotlight which could make her an ideal candidate as a working royal.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliam previously told the Express: “Lady Louise has kept a rather charming but low profile.
“There may well be charitable ventures she may wish to support in future years and from that may follow occasional royal engagements.”
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