Why isn't Lady Louise a Princess even though she's entitled to be?

Why isn't Lady Louise a Princess, while many of her cousins are Princes and Princesses? Fascinating explanation and why title may change...

Why isn't Lady Louise a Princess—Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st.
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Royal fans often wonder why Lady Louise isn't a Princess—especially in light of how popular she is among the general public. The young Royal's closeness to her grandmother the Queen does make some wonder if that will change, but here's the interesting reason why she isn't a Princess—even though she could have been.


The Royal Family has had an annus horribilis, perhaps their worst yet, but one member seems to be keeping her grandmother's spirits up. You guessed it, and the adorable nickname given to the Queen by her granddaughter Lady Louise is as clear a sign as any that they're BFFs.

So why, unlike some of her cousins, isn't the young royal a Princess?

Lady Louise Windsor and her brother James, Viscount Severn are the youngest of the Queen’s grandchildren but unlike some of their cousins haven't been awarded HRH Prince or Princess titles. 

As the granddaughter of the Queen via her youngest son Prince Edward, Lady Louise could become a Princess one day. The reason for this is the historical Letters Patent issued back in 1917 which are still honored today. This regulation states that a princely status and the title of Royal Highness is given to all male-line grandchildren of a monarch. In other words, sons of the reigning monarch are able to father little Princes and Princesses.

However when Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex were married, Buckingham Palace released a statement that said any of their children would gain the titles reserved for children of an Earl. 

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor take part in the Great British Beach Clean

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Some suggested that this could all change when Lady Louise celebrated her 18th birthday on November 8, 2021 but this wasn't the case.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, the Countess of Wessex said, "We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living,” she adds. “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.”

Thus far, the youngster hasn't chosen to use HRH and is seemingly content with her life as is. As a matter of fact, her mother has previously said that Lady Louise is, "a lot more fortunate," than her cousins.

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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