Princess Beatrice: Why is Beatrice a Princess but Lady Louise Windsor is not?


PRINCESS BEATRICE and Lady Louise Windsor are both granddaughters of the Queen and Prince Philip. So why does Beatrice have a Princess title but Louise does not?

Why is Princess Beatrice a Princess?

Under a precedent set by King George V, only the monarch’s children and grandchildren through the male line are entitled to be known as Prince or Princess.

This means only the children born to the Queen’s sons are eligible to be known as Prince or Princess.

As the daughter of Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second son, Princess Beatrice was eligible for the Princess title, as was her sister Princess Eugenie.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie

Princess Beatrice and her sister Princess Eugenie were given Princess titles when they were born (Image: GETTY)

The two York daughters also hold the style of Her Royal Highness (HRH).

Despite being titled members of the Royal Family, both Beatrice and Eugenie are considered non-working members of the Royal Family.

This means they do not complete royal engagements on behalf of the Crown and they are expected to earn their own income.

Beatrice and Eugenie are also not eligible for public funding and their taxpayer-funded security was revoked in 2011.

Princess Beatrice with Princess Eugenie and Lady Louise Windsor

Princess Beatrice: Eugenie, Louise and Beatrice are granddaughters of the Queen (Image: GETTY)

Why is Lady Louise Windsor not a Princess?

Prince Edward, the Queen’s third son, has two children with Sophie, Countess of Wessex – Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

However, unlike their cousins Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Louise and James do not have Princess or Prince titles.

As the grandchildren of the monarch through the male line, both James and Louise were eligible for the titles when they were born.

Princess Beatrice: Wessex family

Princess Beatrice: It was decided the Wessex children would be styled as the children of an Earl rather than a Prince (Image: GETTY)

Louise would have been titled Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex if she had been given a Princess title.

However, it was decided the Wessex children would be styled as the children of an Earl rather than a Prince, as their father holds the title of Earl of Wessex.

For this reason, James has taken one of his father’s subsidiary titles to become Viscount Severn, while Louise is known as Lady Louise Windsor.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex told the Sunday Times last year she and Edward are raising their children with the knowledge they will likely work for a living when they are older.

She told the publication: “Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

While Lady Louise does not have a Princess title, she still holds a title, unlike her cousin Zara Tindall.

Princess Anne’s two children Zara and Peter Phillips were not given any royal titles when they were born.

The decision was believed to have stemmed from Princess Anne’s desire for her children to have normal lives, away from the royal spotlight.


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