Many avid royal fans will remember Lady Louise Windsor‘s sweet smile from Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s 2011 royal wedding. To this day, photos of the angelic blonde seated in a horse-drawn carriage next to her cousin Prince Harry still warm our heart. Now, Lady Louise — the eldest child of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex — is 14 years old and all grown up!
Lady Louise recently stepped out for the British Royal Family’s annual Easter church service at Windsor Castle’s St George’s chapel. And it’s clear Queen Elizabeth‘s granddaughter is growing up in front of our eyes. Channeling her grandmother’s panache for bright colors, the teen looked sublime in a deep purple overcoat, paired with a floral headpiece, and nude suede Mary-Jane heels. Lady Louise was accompanied by her parents and her 10-year-old little brother, James, Viscount Severn. Keep reading to learn all about Lady Louise Windsor!
Lady Louise and Sophie, Countess of Wessex on Easter.
She was in Kate and William’s royal wedding
Lady Louise was only eight years old when she made her global debut as one of the bridesmaids at Duchess Catherine of Cambridge’s wedding to Prince William in 2011. The youngster was joined by Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Grace Van Cutsem, Eliza Lopes, and pageboys Tom Pettifer and William-Lowther Pinkerton.
She had a dramatic entrance into the world
The only daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex was born on Nov. 8, 2003. Sophie was rushed to hospital a month before her due date and at the time, Prince Edward was on a royal tour of Mauritius. Lady Louise was born prematurely and there were some serious complications around her birth. It was reported that a placental abruption caused severe blood loss to both Countess Sophie and Lady Louise. Royal surgeon and gynecologist Marcus Setchell performed an emergency Caesarean section.
Lady Louise and her parents in 2012.
She’s currently 11th in line for the throne
The royal parents officially announced their daughter’s name on Nov. 27, 2003, giving her the moniker Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor. When Sophie and Edward married in 1999, they decided they wanted their future children to lead a normal life — opting to drop “HRH” titles, which is why Louise has the title “Lady.” The granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip is currently 11th in the line of succession for the British throne. She’ll move to 12th once the Kate and William’s third royal baby arrives.
She’s overcome an eye condition
The young royal was born with esotropia, a condition that turns the eyes outwards. Because of the condition, Lady Louise underwent her first surgery at just 18 months old — and, unfortunately, it was not successful. Growing up, she faced issues with her vision, which lead to her parent’s decision for her to have a second operation in 2014. It has been reported that it was a success and now Lady Louise has perfect vision.
Speaking of her daughter’s condition, Countess Sophie once shared, “Premature babies can often have squints because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalized.” She added, “her squint was quite profound when she was tiny and it takes time to correct it. You’ve got to make sure one eye doesn’t become more dominant than the other but she’s fine now — her eyesight is perfect.” Her daughter’s ailment inspired the Countess of Wessex to become a patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a global ambassador for Vision 2020, a worldwide initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
She had no idea her grandmother was the Queen
One of the most charming facts about the teen is the fact that she didn’t realize she was royalty. When her mother recently sat down for a chat with the BBC, Sophie recounted the hilarious moment her daughter figured out her grandmother and the Queen were the same person.
“Well, for Louise, actually, it was much more of a shock to the system,” the proud parent recalled. “It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen.’ And I asked her, ‘Yes, how does that make you feel?’ And she said, ‘I don’t understand…’ I don’t think she had grasped that perhaps there was only one Queen.” The story resonated with Sophie and Edward’s desire for their children to lead a normal life. “They’re going to have to go out, and get a job, and earn a living later on in life,” Sophie has said. “If they’ve had as normal a start in life [as] they possibly can get, then hopefully that will stand them in good stead.”
She’s a keen carriage rider
Lady Louise shares her grandparents’ love of the equestrian sport carriage driving. Last year, she competed in the British Driving Society Championship for Young Drivers. Prince Philip is exceptionally proud of his granddaughter, given his passion for the sport, which he took up when he was 50.
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This post was written by Chloe Lal. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.