The Queen’s rarely-sighted “favourite” grandchild Lady Louise Windsor was spotted at Birmingham’s NEC when she joined her family to watch the weightlifting, badminton and boxing contests in the Commonwealth Games.
While she has so far stayed out of the spotlight, Lady Louise is beginning to take on more and more royal duties.
In the last couple of years, the 18-year-old has been studying for her A-Levels at a private school in Ascot.
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But this summer she'll receive her A-Level results and decide whether to go to university or not.
Louise's mum Sophie Wessex is on record is saying that that she hopes she will go to university, but isn't putting any pressure on her to go.
She said: "I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever."
Her Majesty is said to be “incredibly close” with Louise.
A source told the London Evening Standard: “She is level-headed, thoughtful and kind, and reminds the Queen of herself as a young woman.
"The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”
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James, also known as Viscount Severn, is Louise’s 14-year-old brother.
Louise and James share a passion for horses and country life, and the Monarch has also been very supportive of Louise’s passion for art, allowing her to look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highlands sketches, which are kept locked away at Balmoral.
Queen Victoria’s artwork was intended purely for her family’s entertainment and indeed in 1847, the Royal Family filed an injunction to prevent journalist, Jasper Tomsett Judge, from publishing some 60 of the then Queen’s etchings that he had managed to get his hands on.
But Louise has been granted access to some of these "secret" artworks.
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A source told The Sun: "Because of her obvious artistic skill, the Queen allowed Louise to look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highlands sketches which are kept at Balmoral but are rarely dug out these days."
She has even tried to pass on her gifts to some of her younger relatives while they’re all away together.
A source said she has made her artistic gifts part of her babysitting duties: "Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer."
Louise’s mother, Sophie Wessex, says that she and Prince Edward have tried to give their children a "normal" life.
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