She’s known to have a quiet confidence about her. Lady Louise Windsor (18), who happens to come from one of the most down-to-earth families among the British royals, has made headlines for the part-time job she’s recently taken up.
The eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has spent part of her summer working at a garden centre before she heads off to the prestigious St Andrew’s University. The Scottish institution is where her older cousin Prince William’s romance with Kate Middleton began.
“She's a really modest and sweet young woman who's polite and attentive to customers. She seemed to be loving the job,” one garden centre customer told The Sun newspaper. “You'd never imagine the queen's granddaughter would take on a role working behind a till.”
The queen’s youngest granddaughter reportedly worked behind the till at the store several days a week, earning £6,63 (about R137) an hour.
“The staff seemed to adore her. It's not every day you buy your begonias off a royal,” another customer added.
Louise completed her final school exams in June before taking up the job. Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, says it was wonderful that she'd “rolled her sleeves up and got her hands dirty with a summer job”.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace announced that, "Lady Louise will start at St Andrews University in September to study English."
The 18-year-old, whose recently completed school subjects included English, history, politics and drama, isn’t the first royal to work a day job.
She follows in the footsteps of her cousins Princess Beatrice, who chose to do unpaid work experience at retail store Selfridge's, and Princess Eugenie, who once interned at the London location of the auction house Christie’s.
Louise is known to be a bright spark. Although the palace didn't reveal her A-level grades, the qualification obtained by UK school-leavers, the Telegraph reports the standard entry requirement for St Andrew’s is AAA.
While she’s not been seen much in the public eye, Louise is known to be a favourite in the royal family. She’s also said to have been close to her grandfather, Prince Philip, and her fondness of horses has led her to take up hobbies such as carriage-driving.
“I definitely hope I've made him proud,” she said in a BBC documentary about her grandfather. She described the late Duke of Edinburgh, who died last April, as “honestly, one of the most interesting people I've ever met”.
It’s been reported that Louise, who’s 16th in line for the throne, and her younger brother, James, Viscount Severn, are unlikely to take on royal duties following their education.
"We try to bring them up with the understanding that they're very likely to have to work for a living," Sophie once shared in an interview. "If they've had as normal a start in life as they possibly can get, then hopefully that'll stand them in good stead."
SOURCES: TELEGRAPH.CO.UK, TATLER.COM, PEOPLE.COM, MIRROR.CO.UK, WMAGAZINE.COM;