Queen’s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor, 18, earns £6.83 working summer job at a garden centre

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The Queen’s granddaughter, Lady Louise Windsor, has been working several days a week in a garden center this summer for around minimum wage, it has become known.

Prince Edward and Sophie’s 18-year-old daughter, Countess of Wessex, has been earning £6.63 an hour since she completed her A-levels in June – despite living in a £30 million mansion in Bagshot Park, Surrey .

She confirmed her place at the University of St Andrews after receiving her A-level results, Buckingham Palace said yesterday. She will read English at the Scottish Institute, where Prince William and Kate Middleton met.

At the garden center – whose location has not been announced – Lady Louise is said to have helped with the checkout, greeting customers, pruning and potting plants.

While the security arrangements for her job have also not been made public, her parents Edward and Sophie are believed to receive police protection only when they have official duties and obligations.

One shopper told The Sun: ‘I knew the cost of living crisis was bad, but I never thought I’d ever see a grandchild of the Queen working in a garden center.’

Another customer added: ‘The staff seemed to adore her. You don’t buy your begonias from a royal every day.’ And a third, who was served by the royal family, said: ‘I couldn’t believe it was Lady Louise, I had to look twice.

‘She is a very humble and sweet young woman who is polite and attentive to customers. She seemed to love the work. You’d never think the Queen’s granddaughter would play a part behind a cash register.’

Lady Louise Windsor, pictured at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on August 1, has been working in a garden centre

Lady Louise Windsor and her brother James, Viscount Severn at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on August 2

Lady Louise Windsor and her brother James, Viscount Severn at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on August 2

Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty magazine, said: “Isn’t it wonderful that the Queen’s granddaughter rolled up her sleeves and got her hands dirty with a summer job before going to college—just like any other normal teenager.”

Lady Louise studied English, history, politics and drama at AS level at her school in Ascot, near the Bagshot Park family home. It is not known which subjects she took at A level and which grades she obtained.

The schoolgirl was among thousands of students affected when AS-level exams were canceled last year.

Tens of thousands of British students have competed for a university place through Clearing – after the A grades they received fell below the previous two years, but remained above pre-pandemic levels.

Some 20,360 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found out yesterday, based on exam results, that they had not been placed and therefore eligible for Clearing.

Lady Louise Windsor is pictured with the Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2011 when she was young

Lady Louise Windsor is pictured with the Queen at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2011 when she was young

Lady Louise with her mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex at the Guildhall in London in June during the platinum anniversary

Lady Louise with her mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex at the Guildhall in London in June during the platinum anniversary

This total was 46 percent higher than the figure of 13,930 in 2021 – when students were graded by teachers – but lower than the latest pre-pandemic figure of 24,260 in 2019.

Lady Louise was one of those lucky enough to land and will be joining the freshmen at St Andrews this fall.

The teen has a close relationship with her grandmother the Queen and is taking on an increasing public role within the royal family.

She starred in Trooping the Color at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration before making her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace next to the Queen.

The 18-year-old recently joined her parents and brother James, Viscount Severn, 14, at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Lady Louise follows in Prince William and Kate's footsteps as she attends St Andrews University (file image)

Lady Louise follows in Prince William and Kate’s footsteps as she attends St Andrews University (file image)

An avid equestrian, Lady Louise has inherited her love of carriage rides from her late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who personally taught her the sport.

She rides on a competitive basis and will undoubtedly want to continue her hobby through university.

Many St. Andrews students live in dorms. William and Kate both lived in St Salvator’s, known as Sallies, where they met as friends before the romance blossomed.

They both initially enrolled to study art history, but William later switched to geography.

The couple made their relationship public shortly before their graduation.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, hugged Lady Louise Windsor, 18, during the Commonwealth Games earlier this month

The Duchess of Cambridge, 40, hugged Lady Louise Windsor, 18, during the Commonwealth Games earlier this month

Kate spoke to Sophie and the rest of the family as she hugged them on arrival at the men's 1500m freestyle

Kate spoke to Sophie and the rest of the family as she hugged them on arrival at the men’s 1500m freestyle

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge returned to campus last year to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary.

Earlier this month, Lady Louise Windsor greeted her cousin-in-law Kate Middleton with a double kiss on the cheek during the Commonwealth Games.

Lady Louise wore a white shirt, floral skirt and tan leather handbag as she greeted the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham, where the games are held.

Wearing her dark brown locks down and in curls, Kate, 40, greeted James, Viscount Severn, 14, Sophie Wessex, 57, Lady Louise Windsor, and Prince Edward, 58, as she shuffled into the stands.

The Countess and Earl of Wessex with their children Lady Louise and James during the Commonwealth Games on August 2

The Countess and Earl of Wessex with their children Lady Louise and James during the Commonwealth Games on August 2

James and Lady Louise joined the rest of the family for the Queen’s Jubilee celebration earlier this year, but have largely grown up out of the limelight.

Attending the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on August 1, Lady Louise was the epitome of elegance in a £985 dress borrowed from her mother.

The royal looked beautiful in a pink and blue dress at the event and wore a Peter Pilotto dress from her mother’s wardrobe, while James and Sophie showed emotional reactions as they watched the action.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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