Prince Philip was ‘pleased’ with Lady Louise says Sophie Wessex
Beatrice, 33, and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, welcomed a baby girl, whose name has yet to be announced to the public, on Saturday. While the newborn is unlikely to bear any British title, she still gained a position in the line of succession to the throne thanks to her mother’s lineage.
As Beatrice is 10th-in-line to the throne, her daughter was born 11th-in-line.
This means all members of the Royal Family who fall after in the line of succession have been bumped down one position.
This applies to Louise, 17, the daughter of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57.
Following the birth of baby Mapelli Mozzi, Louise is 16th-in-line, positioned just after her father and younger brother James, Viscount Severn, 13.
Lady Louise Windsor is the Queen’s youngest granddaughter
Princess Beatrice gave birth to her daugher on Saturday
Unlike Princess Charlotte, six, and younger brother Prince Louis, three, Louise was overtaken in the line of succession by James after his birth.
This is because she was born before the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 was enforced.
This key change in the law of succession replaced male-preference primogeniture with absolute primogeniture for all children born after October 28, 2011.
As the grandchildren of the sovereign, both Louise and James were entitled to HRH styles and royal titles.
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Sophie and Lady Louise speaking to the press following the death of Prince Philip in April
However, their parents decided to raise them without the titles of princess and prince.
Once they turn 18, they will be able to decide whether they want to take up the role of working royals.
Louise’s 18th birthday is November 8, after which she may become known as HRH Princess Louise.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, in the summer of 2020, Sophie discussed Louise’s future, saying: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living. Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.
Lady Louise was passed on the passion for carriage driving from Prince Philip
Lady Louise, Sophie and James, Viscount Severn at the funeral of Prince Philip
“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”
Louise was among royals who took part in the BBC documentary aired yesterday evening, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers.
The teenager charmed viewers with her first official interview, during which she spoke with clear affection about her late grandfather and how he had passed on to her his passion for carriage driving.
She said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has been so involved in my driving which has been so lovely although slightly scary because he invented the sport pretty much.
Sophie and Prince Edward got married in 1999
“It’s incredible to have learned first hand from him.
“After a competition, he would always ask how it went.
“His eyes would light up because he just gets so excited when he talks about it.
“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.”
Lady Louise speaking during the BBC documentary dedicated to Prince Philip
During the programme, Louise also revealed she has taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, a scheme launched by Prince Philip in 1956.
Of the experience, Louise said: “My favourite part was my expeditions.
“Just having that level of independence and self-sufficiency and having that sense of achievement when it was finished.
“There was certainly an element of making my grandfather proud and honouring him by taking part in the award that has been so much of his life’s work.
“I definitely hope I have made him proud.”