Queen’s youngest granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, 18, looks poised but downcast as she joins Royal Family at the Queen’s funeral
- Lady Louise Windsor cut a sombre figure as she paid tribute to her ‘Granny’ at Westminster Abbey today
- University student, 18, was said to be a ‘favourite grandchild’ of the Queen and was joined by her brother
- She shared a passion of horse riding with the Queen and Prince Philip often spending weekends in Windsor
The Queen’s youngest granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor cut a sombre figure as she paid tribute to her ‘Granny’ at Westminster Abbey today.
The university student, 18, who is the daughter of the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward and her ‘favourite daughter-in-law’ Sophie Wessex, opted for the traditional all black as she looked solemn approaching the funeral.
Louise and her brother James, Viscount Severn have shown a maturity far beyond their years as they joined their older cousins in mourning since the Queen died at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96.
Having been described as the ‘favourite’ grandchild of the monarch, Louise famously shared a passion for all things equestrian-related with both her grandmother and late grandfather Prince Philip.
Lady Louise and her brother James follow Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Queen’s funeral at the Westminster Abbey
The Queen’s youngest granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor cut a sombre figure as she paid tribute to her ‘Granny’ at Westminster Abbey today. Pictured with her brother James, Viscount Severn
Louise and her brother James have shown a maturity far beyond their years as they joined their older cousins in mourning since the Queen died at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96
Lady Louise and James arriving at the Abbey for the Queen’s funeral today. The pair appeared solemn and were dressed in black
Members of the royal family (front row, left to right) Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Lady Louise Windsorand James, Viscount Severn, (second row, left to right) Samuel Chatto, Arthur Chatto, Lady Sarah Chatto and Daniel Chatto, at the funeral
The Wessex family were also able to see a lot more of her grandparents growing up than her cousins, as she has always lived just 11 miles from Windsor at Bagshot Park.
Among them was carriage-driving, a passion she discovered thanks to her grandfather, the late Duke of Edinburgh, who had counted the activity among his favourite past-times since the 1970s.
He raced carriages near Norfolk before going on to represent Britain at several world and European championships.
As a result of getting involved in carriage driving, Lady Louise was central to a special emotional moment that took place ahead of Her Majesty’s jubilee this Summer.
Lady Louise pictured alongside a number of royal family members, including King Charles III and the Queen Consort, at today’s funeral
Members of the royal family attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey today. Lady Louise is pictured in the second row
The second row included Pince Harry and Meghan Markle, Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn
Paying tribute to Prince Philip, Lady Louise drove his carriage around the arena during the emotional procession at the finale of the ‘Gallop Through History’ Platinum Jubilee event in May, which was staged by the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The Queen appeared emotional as her granddaughter drove the carriage belonging to her late husband during the moving tribute.
During that week, the monarch had also been pictured watching with pride as Lady Louise, driving the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage, led the Fell Pony Society centenary parade at the Windsor Royal Horse show.
Her parents wanted to give their daughter and son James, Viscount Severn, 14, a ‘normal’ childhood with schoolfriends and extra-curricular activities.
The Wessex family were also able to see a lot more of her grandparents growing up than her cousins, as she has always lived just 11 miles from Windsor at Bagshot Park. Lady Louise and her brother James pictured arriving
Having been described as the ‘favourite’ grandchild of the monarch, Louise (pictured arriving) famously shared a passion for all things equestrian-related with both her grandmother and late grandfather Prince Philip
Lady Louise (pictured with her brother at the funeral) was largely kept out of the limelight throughout her childhood, with her first major Royal outing coming at the age of nine when she was a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011
Around the coffin will stand the four tall yellow candles which usually rest around the grave of the unknown warrior at the entrance to the historic church. Pictured: Princess Beatrice, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, and Lady Louise
And so Lady Louise was largely kept out of the limelight throughout her childhood, with her first major Royal outing coming at the age of nine when she was a bridesmaid at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011.
Many royal watchers noted her similarity to the Queen at the same age – not least her enjoyment of horse-related activities.
World leaders including Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron arrived at Westminster Abbey as Britain and the world said goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II at her state funeral today.
The UK’s most important church began filling up from 8am as the congregation arrived up to three hours early – including Kate Middleton’s parents – as huge crowds of mourners packed the procession route outside and tens of thousands more went to Windsor, where Her Majesty will be buried later.
Michael and Carole Middleton were among hundreds of VIPs who arrived at the UK’s most important church – where Her Majesty married Prince Philip and had her coronation.
Most of the VIPs arrived by coach, meeting at the Royal Hospital Chelsea before being put on a bus into Central London. Britain’s ministers – past and present – were among the first arrivals including Nadham Zahawi, Ben Wallace and Jacob Rees-Mogg. But US President Jo Biden went to the Abbey in The Beast – his bomb-proof limousine.
Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Kate, the Princess of Wales, arrived two hours early for the service, followed by Tom Parker Bowles, the son of Queen Consort, Camilla. They were also on a bus together – despite their close links to the Royal Family. Celebrities at the funeral include TV personality Bear Grylls.
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi pictured ahead of Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn arriving at the funeral
Many royal watchers noted her similarity to the Queen at the same age – not least her enjoyment of horse-related activities. Pictured with her brother at the funeral
The UK’s most important church began filling up from 8am as the congregation arrived up to three hours early. Lady Louise and her brother pictured at the funeral
Some 2,000 royals, world leaders and hundreds of members of the public have began filing into the Abbey as billions around the world will watch Her Majesty’s state funeral. Lady Louise pictured at the Abbey
Funeral flowers in the abbey featured myrtle – which was used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet as is royal tradition. The huge white and green displays of blooms included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma and foliage of English oak, weeping birch and the sprigs of myrtle.
Around the coffin stood four tall yellow candles which usually rest around the grave of the unknown warrior at the entrance to the historic church.
King Charles III lead his family members – including Princes William and Harry – walking behind the Queen’s coffin as it was moved Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service.
Hundreds of thousands of Brits have queued to see the Queen lying in state this week, as the official period of mourning ends today.
Well-wishers waited for up to thirty hours to pay tribute as people from around the world sent their condolences to the longest running head of state .
Dignitaries from the commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and Canada will join the Firm in mourning today, as well as monarchs from across Europe and the world.
The Queen’s state funeral today will end with a two-minute national silence in a ‘fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign’ before she is laid to rest beside her late husband.
Police have also been granted a no-fly zone order over London on today, which will follow 10 days of mourning.
As well as thousands of uniformed Metropolitan Police bobbies drafted into action, plain-clothes officers will also mingle among crowds to monitor any threats.
It is expected that other forces will be asked to provide officers under ‘mutual aid’.
The Queen’s Coffin was today carried from Westminster Hall to the State Gun Carriage, and then positioned outside the building’s North Door.
The procession then went from New Palace Yard through Parliament Square, Broad Sanctuary and the Sanctuary before arriving at Westminster Abbey just before 11am.
After the State Funeral Service finishes at around midday, the coffin will be placed on the State Gun Carriage outside the Abbey.
At 12.15pm, the procession will set off for Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner.
The route will go from the Abbey via Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square (south and east sides), Parliament Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards including Horse Guards Arch, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Queen’s Gardens (south and west sides), Constitution Hill and Apsley Way
At Wellington Arch, the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from the State Gun Carriage to the State Hearse just after 1pm, ahead of the journey to Windsor.
U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive, on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth today
A long line of mourners walk into the UK’s most important church as the funeral for the beloved monarch begins following her death earlier this month
The congregation were in place several hours before the Queen’s coffin arrived. The Queen will be interred during a private burial at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 7.30pm
It then will travel from central London to Windsor, on a route that has not been disclosed by the Palace. When the hearse arrives in Windsor, the procession will begin just after 3pm at Shaw Farm Gate on Albert Road.
The state hearse will join the procession, which will have been formed up and in position, at Shaw Farm Gate before travelling to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The procession will follow the route of Albert Road, Long Walk, Cambridge Gate, Cambridge Drive, George IV Gate, Quadrangle (south and west sides), Engine Court, Norman Arch, Chapel Hill, Parade Ground and Horseshoe Cloister Arch.
Just before 4pm, the procession will halt at the bottom of the West Steps of St George’s Chapel in Horseshoe Cloister. Here, the bearer party will carry the coffin in procession up the steps into the chapel.
The Queen will be interred during a private burial at King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 7.30pm.