Queen has become ‘particularly close’ to ‘new favourite grandchild’

While the royal spotlight mainly focuses on Princes William and Harry, the Queen has eight grandchildren – and she’s said to be very close to them all.

The family come together to celebrate Christmas and Easter and catch up properly over the summer when they go on group holidays.

William, Harry, Zara, Peter, Beatrice, Eugenie, Louise and James are all very fond of their grandmother – but she’s said to specifically enjoy spending time with the youngest of the group.

A source has claimed that Lady Louise, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, is becoming the Queen’s “favourite”, closely followed by her younger brother, James, Viscount Severn.

The insider told The Sun: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”

Sophie and Edward have stepped up their royal work after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit their senior royals and Prince Andrew was forced to step back due to his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Sophie has been described as the royal family’s “secret weapon” and is very close to the Duchess of Cambridge.

Lady Louise, 17, is still at school and picked up her GCSE results last year.

Her proud mum Sophie believes she’ll do well and has said she will stay at school to do her A-levels.

She’s previously said: “She’s working hard and will do A-levels. I hope she goes to university.

“I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever.”

Lady Louise is very close to her grandmother the Queen, and they share a love for houseriding.

Telling the Sunday Times about their bond, Sophie said: “I guess not everyone’s grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are. When they are with the Queen, she is their grandmother.”

She’s also shared the sweet moment Louise realised who her gran was, telling the BBC: “It happened a little while ago. It was much more of a shock to the system.

“It was only when she was coming home from school and saying, ‘Mummy, people keep on telling me that grandma is the queen,’ and I asked her, ‘Yes, how does that make you feel?’ And she said, ‘I don’t understand.'”

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Sophie added: “I don’t think she has grasped that perhaps there was only one queen.”

As they are low down the line of succession, Louise and James don’t use their royal titles – although they do have them, so could chose to pick them up when they turn 18.

Sophie told The Sunday Times: “We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living. Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but it’s highly unlikely.”