Lady Louise Windsor

Lady Louise Windsor

Infobox British Royalty

name =The Lady Louise Windsor
title =Princess Louise of Wessex
caption =
full name =Louise Alice Elizabeth MaryGiven her proper title under the 1917 Letters Patent, HRH Princess Louise of Wessex holds no surname; but, when court communications give her a surname in order to refer to her without this royal style, it is Windsor.]
titles ="The Lady" Louise Windsor
royal house =House of Windsor
father =Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
mother =Sophie, Countess of Wessex
date of birth =Birth date and age|2003|11|8|df=yes
place of birth =Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey
date of christening = 24 April 2004
place of christening = Windsor Castle, Berkshire|

The Lady Louise Windsor (Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary; born 8 November 2003) is a member of the British Royal Family. She is the elder child of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. She is the youngest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh, Lady Louise is 9th in line to the throne and at the time of her birth was 8th.

Early life

Lady Louise was born, prematurely, on 8 November 2003, at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, after her mother was rushed there by ambulance from the couple's home at Bagshot Park, Surrey. She was delivered by emergency Caesarean section, necessitated by a placental abruption, causing severe blood loss to both child and mother, before her December due-date. The Countess of Wessex had previously suffered an ectopic pregnancy. Prince Edward was not present for the birth because it came so suddenly. Lady Louise was transferred to a neo-natal unit in St George's Hospital, Tooting, London as a precaution. Meanwhile, the Countess remained at Frimley Park Hospital until she was well enough to be released. Lady Louise was released from hospital on 23 November and her name was announced on 27 November. [ [ BBC NEWS | UK | Royal Wessex baby finally named ] ] She was baptised in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle on 24 April 2004 with Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Lady Sarah Chatto, Lady Alexandra Etherington, Francesca Schwarzenbach and Rupert Elliott as her godparents. [ Buckingham Palace press releases – Christening of Lady Louise Windsor] ]

Lady Louise is ninth in the line of succession to the British throne. Until her birth, the first ten positions in the order of succession remained unchanged for over 13 years after the birth of her cousin, Princess Eugenie in 1990.

Louise was born with the eye disorder exotropia. In January 2006 it was unofficially revealed that Lady Louise had undergone a 30-minute operation under general anaesthetic to correct the problem. [ [ The Royalist - Lady Louise Windsor Makes A Rare Public Appearance ] ]

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

*8 November 2003 —: "The Lady" Louise Windsorcite book
last = Hardman
first = Robert
title = Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work
date = 2007-11-29
publisher = Ebury Press
location = Druck, Wemding, Germany
isbn = 978-0-09191-842-2
pages = 265
chapter = The Line of Succession to the British Throne
**"Legally: Her Royal Highness" Princess Louise of Wessex

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. Louise is thus entitled to all of these, and as such would be referred to as Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex. [ [ Royal Styles and Titles – 1917 Letters Patent] ] However, when her parents married, the Queen, via a Buckingham Palace press release, announced that (in hopes of avoiding some of the burdens associated with royal titles) their children would be styled as the children of an earl rather than as princes or princesses. Thus, court communications never refer to her in terms of a Princess of the United Kingdom, but simply as The Lady Louise Windsor.


In June 2008, to recognise a visit by her father to the province of Manitoba, the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba-in-Council named a lake in the north of the province after Lady Louise. [ [ Canadian Press: "Prince Edward visits Winnipeg"; 2 June 2008] ]


External links

* [ BBC News- "Royal baby born prematurely"]
* [ The Royalist: Lady Louise Windsor Makes A Rare Public Appearance] 25 July 2006


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1= 1. Lady Louise Windsor
2= 2. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex
3= 3. Sophie Rhys-Jones
4= 4. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
5= 5. Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
6= 6. Christopher Rhys-Jones
7= 7. Mary O'Sullivan
8= 8. Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
9= 9. Princess Alice of Battenberg
10= 10. George VI of the United Kingdom
11= 11. Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
12= 12. Theophilius Rhys-Jones
13= 13. Margaret Patricia Newall Molesworth
14= 14. Cornelius Thomas O'Sullivan
15= 15. Doris Emma Stokes
16= 16. George I of Greece
17= 17. Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna of Russia
18= 18. Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven
19= 19. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine
20= 20. George V of the United Kingdom
21= 21. Princess Mary of Teck
22= 22. Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
23= 23. Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck
24= 24. Theophilius Rhys-Jones
25= 25. Sarah Margaret Tait
26= 26. Lawrence Teesdale Molesworth
27= 27. Anna Maria Caroline Wallace Bournes
28= 28. Michael O'Sullivan
29= 29. Mary Ann O'Connor
30= 30. George Frederick Stokes
31= 31. Emma Saunders

NAME=Windsor, Louise
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Mountbatten-Windsor, Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Elder daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York
DATE OF BIRTH=8 November 2003
PLACE OF BIRTH=Frimley, Surrey, United Kingdom

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