Compared to her headline-grabbing cousins – including Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Eugenie, and Princess Beatrice – Lady Louise Windsor, the only daughter and eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, keeps a relatively low profile. On Tuesday, the young royal celebrated her 19th birthday. Currently studying at St Andrews University in Scotland, and staying in Kate Middleton and Prince William’s old residence hall, some experts point out that it was likely her most difficult birthday yet because two important people were missing from it.
Princess Louise was extremely close to her grandparents, the Queen and King of England, both of whom died in the past few years. This is her first birthday she had to celebrate without either of her paternal grandparents.
After her grandfather died in April 2021, it was Louise who led an emotional procession at the Royal Windsor Horse Show to honor his death. She even drove his carriage, a touching gesture as she shared their love of equestrian events.
Louis and her younger brother, James, lived with their parents in Bagshot Park, in close vicinity to the late Queen and King. “We’re a lot more fortunate because we live so close to the Queen, so when she spends a lot of time at Windsor on the weekends, our children are more fortunate because they can go over and have tea with her on a regular basis,” Sophie previously told Sky News.
One body language expert maintains that Sophie’s confidence has grown in the last year. “If you wanted to define the body language of the perfect head girl then Lady Louise would fit the bill. She projects an intelligent and calming presence with what looks like leadership traits,” Judi James told the Daily Express. “Her shyness signals have diminished and recently, although she has shown no signals of any desire to seek the spotlight she looks relatively comfortable when she is in it.”
James added that at recent functions, including the Platinum jubilee and her grandmother’s funeral, she did appear very sad. “Sadly some of Louise’s most recent outings have shown her to be in mourning, first for her grandfather and then her grandmother. Like Sophie, Louise was quite open about her expressions of grief but she also showed her inner strength when she went to stand vigil at her grandmother’s coffin,” she said. “Her back was held straight as she walked out and her arms hung slightly away from her sides in a look of confidence. Her hands were curled into fists but the fingers were relatively relaxed.”