Queen 'favourite grandchildren' Lady Louise and James spotted in rare outing with Sophie

Pictures from the quadrennial games, hosted in Birmingham, show Louise, 18, and James, 14, with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward. Royal experts have regularly claimed that the young Wessex royals are Her Majesty’s favourite grandchildren. 

On August 1, Edward, Sophie, Louise and James were pictured being greeted outside the Birmingham games.

It came just days after the Earl and Countess of Wessex headed to the games on Friday, with Edward attending in his role as Vice-Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Royal, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will visit the sporting venues, attend a range of fixtures, and meet athletes, volunteers and support staff helping at the Games.

It was reported by the Evening Standard in May 2022 that the Queen is “incredibly close” with Louise,

A source told the outlet: “She is level-headed, thoughtful and kind, and reminds the Queen of herself as a young woman.

“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.”

The two share a passion for horses and the outdoors, with the Queen also supportive of Lady Louise’s artist endeavours and even letting her look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highlands sketches, which are kept locked away at Balmoral.

Louise is also said to be adored by Prince William and Kate Middleton, who is also her cousin-in-law. 

During their annual Balmoral trips, Louise reportedly takes it upon herself to look after Princess Charlotte. 

In 2021, the Evening Standard reported Louise taught Charlotte to draw pictures of rabbits and deer, which was greatly appreciated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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