How old are Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex's children Louise and James?
The Royal Family is in an official state of mourning following the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty passed away on September 8 with her family at her side at their Balmoral estate, Buckingham Palace confirmed.
Since her passing, King Charles III has ascended to the throne, leading the country and his family in paying tribute to her momentous reign and life.
Her funeral will take place on September 19, and she is currently lying in state at Westminster Hall where tens of thousands of Royal fans have queued to pay their respects.
Tonight, the Queen’s grandchildren will take part in the Vigil of the Princes, where they will preside over her body for 15 minutes.
As her funeral approaches, many people have been wondering who will attend, especially members of the Royal Family and their link to the monarch.
Among these are the younger members of the family, the Queen’s various grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
The pair were both seen on Tuesday for the first time since their grandmother’s passing following Her Majesty’s procession from Buckingham Palace.
But who exactly are they?
Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor, 18, ordinarily just known as Lady Louise Windsor, is the eldest child of Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II’s youngest son, and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
She was born on November 8, 2003, at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, after her mother was rushed there by ambulance from their family home at Bagshot Park, Surrey.
Prince Edward was not present for his daughter’s birth as it happened suddenly while he was on an official visit to Mauritius.
She was baptised in the Private Chapel of Windsor Castle on April 24, 2004, and was the last child to wear the original Royal christening gown.
Louise attended St George’s School, Windsor Castle before moving to St Mary’s School Ascot in 2017.
She then started studying English at the University of St Andrews in September this year, taking a job at a garden centre over the summer during her studies.
Louise has taken part in a number of official engagements, including being a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
The royal is a member of Girlguiding, of which her grandmother was patron and her mother is president, and she also has a passion for horseback riding after being taught the skill at a young age.
She has taken up carriage driving, a sport popularised in Britain by her grandfather, Prince Philip.
James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn, 14, is the youngest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and also the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.
He was born on December 17, 2007, at Frimley Park Hospital just like his older sister Louise.
He was baptised on April 19, 2008, and wore a newly made replica of the royal christening gown originally used by Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria, in 1840.
As of 2020, the 14-year-old attended Eagle House School near Sandhurst in Berkshire.
James has the title Viscount Severn to pay homage to his Welsh roots.
Letters patent issued in 1917, and still in force, assign a princely status and the style of Royal Highness to all children of a monarch’s sons.
However, when his parents married, Buckingham Palace announced that their children would be styled as the children of an earl, rather than as prince or princess.
Because of this, viscount was chosen for James, a title used in some European countries to denote someone of noble or high status.
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