Lady Louise title: Why Edward and Sophie avoided title to pay tribute to Prince Philip

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Lady Louise Windsor was born in 2003 to Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. But unlike many of her royal cousins, Louise does not hold the title of Princess.

Edward and Sophie decided on the full name of Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor for their eldest child.

Formally Louise is known as Lady Louise Windsor, although technically she was entitled to the style of Princess.

King George V decided in 1917 only the children of the monarch and the children of the monarch’s sons will automatically receive Prince and Princess titles upon birth.

So as Louise is the child of Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, she could have been known as Her Royal Highness Princess Louise of Wessex.

Similarly Louise’s brother James could have held the title of His Royal Highness Prince James of Wessex.

However, prior to Louise’s birth, the Wessexes agreed with the Queen that their children would be styled as the children of an Earl rather than a Prince.

Subsequently Louise holds the title of Lady, and James holds his father’s subsidiary title as James, Viscount Severn.

As Louise is not a Princess, she was given the surname of Mountbatten-Windsor, which is a touching tribute to her great-grandfather Prince Philip.

Members of the Royal Family don’t usually need a surname, and if they do they use the name Windsor after the royal house of Windsor.

However, the Queen and Prince Philip decided many years ago their descendants would use the style of Mountbatten-Windsor.

This is because Mountbatten was the surname of Prince Philip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten, and it is the surname Philip took on when he became a British citizen.

Philip had to renounce his royal titles to Greece and Denmark when he married the future Queen Elizabeth II.

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And it has been widely reported the issue of his children’s surname was a major point of contention for Philip.

It is believed Philip once said: “I am nothing but a bloody amoeba.

“I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children.”

To give Philip more influence in the Royal Family, it is believed the Queen agreed to alter the Windsor surname in Philip’s honour for their children and descendants.

Since the surname was introduced, it has been used by a number of royals.

When Princess Anne signed the marriage registry in 1973 after she married Captain Mark Phillips, she signed it ‘Mountbatten-Windsor’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also decided to avoid a royal title for their son Archie.

Instead Archie’s full name is Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

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