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Sophie Wessex and Edward: Proud parents prepare Lady Louise for important step up

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, and Prince Edward, 56, are parents to Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12. The Wessexes live at Bagshot Park in Surrey where they have been based for most of the pandemic.

Sophie and her family were the first royals to visit Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, at Balmoral this year and are said to be royal favourites.

Sophie married the Queen’s youngest son Edward in 1999 and he is the only one of the Queen’s children not to have divorced.

Last week Sophie and Edward’s daughter, Lady Louise was among hundreds of thousands of British pupils to get her GCSE results.

While these were kept private from the public, Sophie has previously expressed her pride in Lady Louise who she has called “clever.”

The Countess said: “She’s working hard and will do A-levels.

“I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever.”

When Lady Louise returns to school or college this autumn she will be entering into sixth form and preparing to take her A Levels.

While the pandemic has disrupted education for pupils across the country, Sophie and Edward will have no doubt prepared their daughter for this important step up.

Lady Louise and her brother James both attend top British private schools.

However, their parents are keen for them to have as normal an upbringing as possible.

While Lady Louise and James are known by their peerages, they do not use their royal HRH styles.

Sophie and Edward have left it up to their children to decide whether or not they want to be known as Prince and Princess when they reach 18.


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Earlier this year, Sophie told the Sunday Times Magazine: “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 added: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.”

Lady Louise and James Viscount’s titles explained

Both James and Louise have HRH styles but their parents chose not to give them to them at birth.

Discussing the flexible nature of the British constitution, an expert flagged the unusual nature of Louise and James’s titles.

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “In its extreme form nothing within the British constitution is binding.

“Royal Warrants can be issued at any time to address any matter either arising or one requiring rectification or clarification. Nothing is set in stone.

“This is the nature of the elasticity of our constitution, it moves to accommodate as and when required.

“A present example being the children of Prince Edward, both styled as the children of a peer, when in fact they are by the 1917 Warrant HRH’s. Expediency will always win out.”

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