The youngest member of the family. Queen Elizabeth II was a loving grandmother to eight grandchildren. This circle was completed in 2003 and 2007. Lady Louise Windsor James, Viscount Severn, respectively.
The queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward, shares the two children and wife Sophie, Countess from WessexHe married his wife, Judith, in 1999.
Lady Louise, 18 years old, and her son, Viscount James, 14 years old, have very different titles than their cousins. Despite being the children of a prince — and the monarch’s grandchildren — Edward, 58, and Sophie, 57, opted not to give their children royal monikers like other children of a prince.
“We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living,” the former publicist told the U.K.’s The Sunday Times in June 2020. “Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles. They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but it’s highly unlikely.”
While Edward and Sophie’s two teenagers have led a relatively low-profile royal life growing up, they frequently accompany their parents to formal gatherings. The brother-sister duo also joined their older cousins at a Saturday September 17 vigil for Queen Elizabeth, who had died one week earlier at the ripe old age of 96.
Lady Louise, Viscount James marched behind Prince William Prince HarryThey entered Westminster Hall, London, on Saturday. The foursome was joined by Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall (née Phillips) and Peter Phillips. All eight cousins stood on the raised platform in the historic building, standing guard around Her Majesty’s casket. Harry and William wore military uniforms to represent their tenures in the armed forces, while the rest of their cousins wore black mourning outfits.
Hours earlier the Earl of Wessex released his statement regarding the loss of his mother, and her connection with his two children.
“As a family, we have grown up learning to share our parents, especially our beloved mama, with the Nation, her Realms and the Commonwealth,” Edward wrote via Instagram on Friday, September 16. “While it has been lovely to have spent time saying our own farewell privately at Balmoral, it is now time to allow others to be able to say their farewell.”
He continued: “The Queen’s passing has left an unimaginable void in all our lives. Sophie and I have taken great pleasure in watching our James and Louise enjoy the activities and places that their grandparents loved. My mama allowed us to spend so much time together, so I believe she also enjoyed seeing these passions blossom. Those times together, those happy memories, have now become massively precious to each and every one of us.”
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