Sophie Wessex: How Queen’s ‘favourite’ put end to Royal Family tradition with key decision


SOPHIE, the Countess of Wessex appeared to become the first member of the Royal Family to depart from a long-established Royal Family tradition when she decided not to have either of her children attend boarding school.

Sophie Wessex was the first royal mother in her generation to opt-out of boarding schools when it came to picking an education path for her children, according to French magazine Closer. Sophie, the Countess of Wessex is mother to Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12 and with husband Prince Edward has tried her best to keep her children out of the spotlight. Lady Louise and James rarely appear in public outside official royal occasions and neither was made to follow in the footsteps of their older cousins or uncles, with the Countess and Earl of Wessex choosing to forego boarding schools in favour of independent institutions. Lady Louise first attended St George’s School at Windsor Castle, a coeducation school originally created to provide the members of St George’s Chapel choir with an education. She later moved to St Mary’s School in Ascot close to her parents’ main residence, Bagshot Park. While it is unconfirmed where James, Viscount Severn is studying currently, he is also believed to have attended St George’s School at a younger age. Sophie Wessex, a known favourite of the Queen, is believed to have chosen to step away from recent royal tradition to help both her children maintain a semblance of privacy compared to previous generations. Prince William and Prince Harry attracted much media coverage when they started boarding at Eton – a choice in itself breaking with royal tradition as both their father, Prince Charles, and uncles Andrew and Edward attended Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
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Sophie Wessex has been very private about the life of Lady Louise and James (Image: GETTY)
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Sophie and Prince Edward chose to forego boarding school for both Louise and James (Image: GETTY) Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was also an alumnus if Gordonstroun, where he enrolled after two terms spent at Schule Schloss Salem in the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany. Both of Princess Anne’s children, Peter Philipps and Zara Tindall, also attended the Scottish institution. Princess Eugenie, the youngest daughter to the Duke of York, boarded at Marlborough College in Wiltshire as did Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge a few years earlier. Prince George, 6, and Princess Charlotte, 4, are both currently enrolled at Thomas’s Battersea, a day preparatory school in London. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have never let transpire whether they will also be attending boarding school in the future.
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Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn accompanied their parents at Christmas Mass in Sandringham (Image: GETTY)
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Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn at the 2019 Trooping the Colour in London (Image: GETTY) The Earl and Countess of Wessex have been renowned to be tight-lipped when it comes to discussing their children’s lives and appear to have mastered the ability to balance their public and private lives with minor difficulties. But in a rare televised interview with Sky News, Sophie admitted their success in keeping the children out of the public life resulted in neither Louise or James realising their grandmother and the Queen were the same person. The Countess of Wessex told the broadcaster in 2016: “I mean, Louise had not concept really that the Queen and her grandmother were one and the same person. “It wasn’t until she was in school that other children were mentioning it and saying, ‘your gran is the Queen’.”
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The whole family attending Easter Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in April 2019 (Image: GETTY)
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The Earl and Countess of Wessex welcomed Lady Louise in 2003 and James in 2007 (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK) She added: “She’d come home and say, ‘Mummy they say that Grandmama is the Queen.’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘I don’t understand what they mean.’” However, Lady Louise may not have been the only royal unaware of their important family role. The Queen’s grandson, Prince William, and wife Kate have previously said they also try to be as normal as possible with their children. “We are very normal in that sense. There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in, in the world. “But right now it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing as much love as I can as a father.” The Duke of Cambridge also revealed he and Kate will not rush to tell the children about their role in the Royal Family. Source: EXPRESS CO UK