Lady Louise Windsor emulated her sophisticated mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as she joined her family to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday.
The 17-year-old daughter of Sophie and Prince Edward cut an elegant figure in a black coat dress, similar to her mother’s ensemble from Suzannah London, when attending the funeral of Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Louise, the youngest granddaughter of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, walked alongside her brother James, Viscount Severn, 13, to mourn their grandfather, who died in Windsor Castle last week aged 99.
Looking just like her mother’s mini me, Louise appeared perfectly poised in a black dress and a £129 headband and elegant veil, thought to be from Jane Taylor London.
Lady Louise Windsor emulated her sophisticated mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex (pictured together), as she joined her family to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday
The 17-year-old daughter of Sophie and Prince Edward cut an elegant figure in a black coat dress, similar to her mother’s ensemble from Suzannah London, when attending the funeral of Prince Philip at St George’s Chapel, Windsor (pictured)
Louise, who is 14th in line to the throne and the only daughter of Prince Edward, 57, and Sophie Wessex, 56, tied her long blonde hair into a pretty plait, and added a black hair band and matching face mask.
The siblings attendance at the funeral was their most high-profile engagement to date, although they have been guests at their cousins weddings.
The Queen’s seventh grandchild, Louise lives in Bagshot Park, just a few miles from Windsor Castle, with her parents and younger brother – who is 13th in line to the throne and the youngest of the Queen’s grandchildren.
On the morning of the funeral, Sophie, Louise and James travelled in a car to St George’s Chapel while Prince Edward joined the procession of senior royals walking behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin.
The Queen’s youngest son walked shoulder-to-shoulder with his brother, Prince Andrew, 61, and behind his eldest siblings Prince Charles, 72, and Princess Anne, 70.
Louise (pictured right), the youngest granddaughter of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, walked alongside her brother James, Viscount Severn, 13, to mourn their grandfather, who died in Windsor Castle last week aged 99
Close to their grandparents, The Wessex family are regularly pictured at Windsor Castle with Louise following in her grandfather’s footsteps to become an accomplished equestrian.
Last Friday, the teenager was pictured in the grounds of Windsor Castle taking her grandfather’s ponies carriage driving on the morning of his death.
Lady Louise was taught at a young age, and has inherited a love of carriage driving from her grandfather, Prince Philip.
Following his retirement, Philip had more time to enjoy carriage-driving, which was one of his favourite past-times since the 1970s. He raced carriages near Norfolk before going on to represent Britain at several world and European championships.
Lady Louise’s appearance comes as a royal expert said she was an ‘asset to the firm’.
Speaking to FEMAIL, royal author and expert Ingrid Seward explained Lady Louise, the Queen’s youngest granddaughter, has ‘always been an asset’ to the royal family.
The Earl of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor attend the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
On Sunday, Lady Louise joined her parents and uncle Prince Andrew for a service at Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, before thanking estate workers for their support and hard work.
‘She has always been an asset to the family and very polite which the Queen loves,’ Ingrid said.
‘Remember how she helped the bridesmaids on the steps of St. George’s Chapel as they went inside at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and her skirt blew up in the wind in front of the TV cameras? She handled it very deftly.’
She added on Lady Louise’s bond with the Duke of Edinburgh: ‘Prince Philip took pleasure in watching Louise compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
‘I don’t think he taught her himself but he would have made sure she had some top-class tuition from one of his grooms and of course the availability of ponies and carriages to drive.’