Lady Louise Windsor

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Lady Louise 2016.jpg
Louise at Trooping the Colour, June 2016
Born (2003-11-08) 8 November 2003 (age 13)
Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Surrey, England
Full name
Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor[1]
House Windsor
Father Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
Mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Religion Church of England

Lady Louise Windsor[2] (Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor;[1] born 8 November 2003) is the elder child and only daughter of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. She is the youngest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of her birth, Lady Louise was eighth in the line of succession to succeed her grandmother, but is now eleventh after the births of her brother James, and first cousins once removed George and Charlotte.


Lady Louise was born prematurely on 8 November 2003 (at 23:32 GMT)[3] at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey after her mother was rushed there by ambulance from the Wessex home at Bagshot Park, Surrey; Prince Edward was not present for the birth because it came so suddenly. Lady Louise was delivered by the Royal Surgeon and Gynaecologist Marcus Setchell via emergency Caesarean section due to placental abruption, which caused severe blood loss to both child and mother. Louise was transferred to a neo-natal unit in St George's Hospital, Tooting, London, as a precaution. Meanwhile, her mother remained at Frimley Park until she was well enough to be discharged, on 23 November 2003. Lady Louise's name was announced on 27 November.[4] She was baptised in the private chapel of Windsor Castle on 24 April 2004.[7]

Born with esotropia, Louise underwent a 30-minute operation under general anaesthetic in an attempt to correct the problem in January 2006.[8] The operation was unsuccessful, and she had further treatment in late 2013 that corrected her vision.[9] At age 9, she sustained a broken arm falling off a pony.[10]

She is a member of the Guides division, and was previously a Brownie, of Girl Guides of which her grandmother is patron and her mother is president.[11] Her mother was a Brownie (and a member of the other Girl Guide age group divisions) when she was a child.[12] On 29 April 2011, she was one of the bridesmaids at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.[13]

Titles, styles, and honours[edit]

Louise is styled as "Lady Louise Windsor",[2] although letters patent issued in 1917 (and still remaining in force today) assign a princely status and the style of Royal Highness to all male-line grandchildren of a monarch.[14] Therefore, all else being equal, Louise would have been styled as Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex. However, when her parents married, the Queen, via a Buckingham Palace press release, announced that their children would be styled as the children of an earl, rather than as princes or princesses.[15] Thus, court communications refer to her as Lady Louise Windsor.[16]


In June 2008, to recognise a visit by her father to the Canadian province of Manitoba, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba-in-Council named a lake in the north of the province after Lady Louise.[17]


Her mother descends from King Henry IV of England.[18] Louise is also distantly related to the family of the Viscounts Molesworth via the descent of her mother's grandmother - Margaret Patricia Molesworth - from Robert Molesworth, 1st Viscount Molesworth.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Mountbatten-Windsor?". Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Statement issued by the Press Secretary to the Queen: Announcement of the christening of Lady Louise Windsor - The official website of The British Monarchy
  3. ^ "Royal baby born prematurely". BBC News. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Royal Wessex baby finally named". BBC News. 27 November 2003. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Christening of Lady Louise Windsor" (press release). Buckingham Palace. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Royal Christenings". Yvonne's Royalty. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Her godparents were: Lady Alexandra Etherington, her third cousin once removed (from Edward VII), Lady Sarah Chatto, her first cousin once removed (from George VI), Lord Ivar Mountbatten, her second cousin once removed (from Prince Louis of Battenberg), Rupert Elliott, and Francesca Schwarzenbach.[5][6]
  8. ^ "Lady Louise Windsor". Debrett's. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Prince Edward's daughter has successful operation to correct squint". The Telegraph. 14 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Queen's granddaughter broke arm in pony fall". ITV. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Roles in Guiding". The Guide Association. 
  12. ^ "Sophie celebrates 100 years of the Brownies with Lady Louise". Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Royal wedding: William picks brother Harry as best man". BBC News. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "no. 30428". The London Gazette. 14 December 1917. p. 13086. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  15. ^ UK Government News – 19th June, 1999: TITLE OF HRH THE PRINCE EDWARD (Accessed 18 January 2014)
  16. ^ Kidd, Charles; Shaw, Christine (2008). Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2008. Debrett's Peerage Limited. ISBN 1870520807. 
  17. ^ "Prince Edward begins Winnipeg visit". The Vancouver Sun. Canada. 2 June 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  18. ^ Charles Mosley, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2720.
  19. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 2731.
Lady Louise Windsor
Born: 8 November 2003
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Viscount Severn
Line of succession to the British Throne
11th position
Followed by
The Princess Royal
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Princess Eugenie of York
Lady Louise Windsor
Followed by
Zara Phillips