LADY LOUISE WINDSOR is said to be Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite grandchild – and she did something for the 16-year-old that is “rarely” done nowadays, a royal insider revealed.
Louise is the daughter of Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest child, and was claimed to be the Queen’s favourite by a royal source in September. The source added Louise’s younger brother, 11-year-old James, Viscount Severn is her second favourite. They told The Sun: “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 Louise and James above Prince William and Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, as well Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall.
The royal insider added Louise “endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children when they were up here”.
William and Kate have three young children – Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one.
Louise reportedly “loves drawing and sketching” and spent time with Charlotte helping her draw pictures of rabbits and deer.
Lady Louise Windsor is reportedly the Queen’s favourite grandchild (Image GETTY)
James, Edward, Louise and Sophie (Image GETTY)
It is because of her love of and skill at drawing that the Queen made a special exception for her granddaughter.
The royal source explained: “Because of her 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.”
Queen Victoria is known to have sketched many drawings and painted many watercolour pieces of art.
Some of these are displayed at galleries run by The Royal Collection, but others are stored away in the royal residences.
Queen Victoria watercolour (Image GETTY)
Louise was able to peruse these sketches and connect with her great-great-great-great grandmother.
While Louise gave the Queen the idea to get the sketches out, her brother James reminded her of her mother – his great-grandmother – with a different activity.
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother died in 2002 before James was even born – yet, the two have something in common.
Both love fly-fishing, as James demonstrated by getting in the River Dee “as often as possible” to ast for salmon.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (Image GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (Image GETTY)
The royal insider told The Sun: “His enthusiasm for fly-fishing delighted Her Majesty, because it’s a sport beloved 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.
“The Balmoral ghillies [gamekeepers] 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.”
Meanwhile, Louise and the Queen also bonded over their shared love of horses by taking gentle rides around the hills.
The Queen is well known to be a keen rider, but Louise also learned to ride horses from a young age.
Lady Louise Windsor loves carriage-driving like her grandfather (Image GETTY)
She even joined her father Prince Edward on horseback as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.
Louise has also taken up carriage-driving, a sport popularised in the UK by her grandfather, Prince Philip.
The 98-year-old royal loves the sport and was even seen carriage-driving around Windsor Castle earlier this year.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK