QUEEN ELIZABETH II’s grandson James, Viscount Severn has taken over a role usually carried out by Prince Philip, a royal insider revealed.
James, 11, is the son of Prince Edward and is said to be the Queen’s favourite grandson. He apparently delighted his grandmother with his skill for fly-fishing during the summer at Balmoral, a pastime favoured by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. The young royal also impressed people with his ability to flip burgers at the family barbecue – a role usually carried out by the Duke of Edinburgh.
A royal source told The Sun in September: “[James is] rather good at flipping burgers and liked to get fully involved whenever there was a family barbecue at Balmoral.
“That used to be Prince Philip’s domain, but is less so these days.”
It is believed Philip may be suffering ill health, after it was reported he experienced a “wobble” and is now recovering at Sandringham.
They added James also impressed the gamekeepers at Balmoral with his ability at casting for salmon.
James, Viscount Severn is fulfilling Prince Philip role (Imag: GETTY)
Prince Philip meets with chefs gathered in Perth for a ‘Great Aussie Barbecue’ event, 2011 (Image GETTY)
His mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex, often joined him in the river Dee, but Edward was not as keen.
They said: “[James’] enthusiasm for fly-fishing delighted Her Majesty because it’a sport belove of James’ great-granny, the late Queen Mother.
“James was in the Dee as often as possible, waders up to his armpits.
“His mother Sophie, who is a keen fisherwoman herself, liked to stand with him.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex with her 11-year-old son James (Image GETTY)
“The Balmoral ghillies were impressed with both of them.
“Edward is not as keen because he’s not as patient, which you need to be when fishing for salmon, even in the plentiful Dee.”
James, who is 12th in line to the throne, spent 10 days at Balmoral with Edward, Sophie and his older sister, 16-year-old Lady Louise Windsor.
Louise also impressed those around her by helping look after William and Kate’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The Queen dotes on Louise and James (Image: GETTY)
James, Edward, Louise and Sophie (Image GETTY)
The Queen also noted that Louise is skilled at drawing and decided to dig out some of Queen Victoria’s old sketches for her to look at.
In these ways, both James and Louise are in the Queen’s good books at the moment.
The royal source said: “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.”
This would put James and Louise above Prince Charles’ sons Prince William and Prince Harry, Princess Anne’s children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The source added: “Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after WIlliam and Kate’s children when they were up here.
“Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer.
“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.”
Louise, Sophie and James toasting marshmellows (Image GETTY)
Louise has also bonded with the Queen over their love of horses and riding, as they have gone on gentle rides together in the hills around Balmoral Castle, sometimes accompanied by Sophie.
Louise was taught to ride at a young age and joined her father on horseback as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in Windsor in 2016.
She has even taken up carriage-driving, a sport popularised by the Duke of Edinburgh himself.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK