When Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in April 2011, their little flower girls stole the show!
One such special royal wedding attendant was Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter — and William's first cousin — Lady Louise Windsor. Today, six years after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's lavish nuptials, Louise is all grown up and such a gorgeous teenager!
Earlier this week, Lady Louise, now 13, made headlines for making a rare public appearance competing in the British Driving Society Championship for Young Drivers. The teen — who is already an accomplished equestrian — was photographed carriage driving, a sport her grandfather, Prince Philip, similarly loves. And, frankly, we can't get over how big Louise looks in the new pics compared to the last time we saw her!
Lady Louise on June 25, 2017. (Photo Credit: Splash)
Lady Louise was born Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor on Nov. 8, 2003. Her parents are Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. Edward is the fourth and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip.
In a previous interview, Louise's mom, Sophie, revealed her daughter just recently realized her grandmother is the queen of England. "For Louise, actually, it was much more of a shock to the system," Sophie explained. "She was coming home from school and saying, 'Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen.'"
"[Louise said she] 'didn't understand.' I don't think she had grasped that perhaps there was only one queen," the Countess — who is also a mom to nine-year-old son James, Viscount Severn — added.
"Certainly when [my children] were very young [my husband and I] tried to keep them out of it," Sophie said of protecting Louise and James from the public eye. "Only because for their sakes, to grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important."
Lady Louise (circled) in Kate and William's 2011 wedding. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"And they're going to have to go out and get a job and earn a living later on in life and if they've had a normal a start in life they possibly can get, then hopefully that will stand them in good stead," Sophie added.