A nod towards her Grannie. As Lady Louise Windsor honored Queen Elizabeth II’s memory while standing guard at a vigil with her brother and cousins, she also included a sweet sartorial tribute to the late monarch.
Lady Louise (18 years old) marched into Westminster Hall on Saturday September 17th wearing a black dress with matching boots and coordinating headband. She completed her look with a subtle silver necklace and a horse-shaped charm. The subtle nod to her love for horseback riding is reflected in the choice of equestrian jewelry.
The college student and his younger brother James, Viscount Severn, joined their cousins on Saturday as they guarded Her Majesty’s coffin as it lies in state ahead of her Monday, September 19, funeral. Lady Louise, 14; Viscount James, 14. Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice Princess EugenieEnter the government building. Peter Phillips Zara Tindall (née Phillips) followed the teenage children of Prince Edward Sophie, Countess Of Wessex. (Their Westminster Hall procession ascended in the order of their royal line of succession.
While Lady Louise is the youngest granddaughter of the late sovereign and Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99, she still shared a special bond with the regal matriarch and patriarch — especially where equestrian pursuits were concerned.
“The Duke of Edinburgh has been so involved in my [carriage] driving which has been lovely but slightly scary because he invented the sport pretty much,” the St. Andrews University student recalled in BBC’s Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers The documentary aired in September 2021. “After a competition, he’d always ask me how it went. His eyes would light up because he just gets so excited when he talks about it.”
Lady Louise added: “It’s incredible to have learned first hand from him. … When we would go carriage driving, he would take me on a different route every day, I do not know how he managed to do that, and tell me all sorts of anecdotes about anything and everything. He is honestly one of the most interesting people I have ever met.”
The queen taught the 18-year-old her first lesson in equestrian at age three. The long-reigning monarch enjoyed riding her beloved horses, attending the Royal Ascot, and even reading the newspaper’s horse-racing pages while she ate breakfast.
Elizabeth, who was 96 years old, died earlier this month. She also shared a special bond of love with her youngest grandchildren.
“I guess not everyone’s grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are. When they are with the Queen, she is their grandmother,” the Countess of Wessex, 57, told The Sunday TimesInterview conducted in June 2020