Will Lady Louise Windsor take new title when mum Sophie Wessex is Duchess of Edinburgh?

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Lady Louise Windsor, 17, is the Queen’s youngest granddaughter and has been raised outside the royal limelight by her parents Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57. Louise and her brother James, Viscount Severn have been brought up without their HRH styles and princess and prince titles despite having received them at birth.

While Lady Louise is technically a princess, Sophie and Edward decided to style their children after Edward’s earldom of Wessex instead – the less senior title is thought to have allowed them more privacy.

Following Prince Philip’s death, Edward is due to become the next Duke of Edinburgh, a title he is expected to inherit once Prince Charles, 72, is king.

However, even when Sophie and Edward are the Duchess and Duke of Edinburgh, Lady Louise is expected to keep her current title.

Etiquette experts Debretts’ biography of Lady Louise on their website states: “Louise was given the courtesy title accorded to a daughter of an earl, that of lady, followed by her first name and is not styled HRH.”

The website adds: “She will remain Lady Louise as and when her father becomes Duke of Edinburgh.”

However, the royal teenager could rock the boat and decide to adopt a new royal title when she turns 18.

While Edward and Sophie have brought up Louise and James without their HRH status, it will be up to them whether or not they choose to use the titles when they reach adulthood.

In an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine last year, Sophie said she thought it was unlikely that either of their children would choose to use their official titles.

Touching on her children’s low-key upbringing, the Countess said: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

“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.”

Louise is currently studying for her A-Levels at girls’ private school St Mary’s Ascot.

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The teenager caught the attention of royal fans in recent weeks after she joined her parents for several engagements following the death of her grandfather Prince Philip.

She was the first of Philip’s grandchildren to step out in public following his death as she joined Sophie and Edward for a special church service to honour him at All Saints Chapel Windsor.

Louise impressed royal fans as she put on a brave face while her parents spoke to reporters about Philip’s last moments.

In the days that followed, she stepped out again when she joined mum Sophie to read tributes to Philip left by mourners in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Louise and James were the youngest guests at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17.

Louise was close to her grandfather who taught her carriage driving and is understood to have inherited his beloved ponies and trap.

According to insiders, Louise is the Queen’s “favourite grandchild.”

One source 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.”

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