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


The Queen‘s granddaughter Lady Louise Windsor has been working several days a week at a garden centre over the summer for around the minimum wage, it has been revealed.

The 18-year-old daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex has been earning £6.63 per hour since finishing her A-levels in June – despite living in a £30million 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 institution, where Prince William and Kate Middleton met.

At the garden centre – the location for which has not been disclosed – Lady Louise is said to have been helping out on the tills, 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 thought to only receive police protection when on official duties and engagements. 

One shopper told The Sun: ‘I knew the cost-of-living crisis was bad, but I didn’t think I’d ever see a grandchild of the Queen working in a garden centre.’

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

‘She is a really modest and sweet young woman who is polite and attentive to customers. She seemed to be loving the job. You’d never imagine the Queen’s granddaughter would take on a role working behind a till.’

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

Lady Louise Windsor, pictured at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on August 1, has been working at 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 the Queen’s granddaughter rolled her sleeves up and got her hands dirty with a summer job before going to university — just like any other normal teenager.’

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

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

Tens of thousands of Britain’s students have been battling for a university place through Clearing – after the A-level grades they received were down on the past two years, but remained higher than pre-pandemic levels.

Some 20,360 pupils across England, Wales and Northern Ireland found out yesterday that they were unplaced and therefore eligible for Clearing, based on exam results. 

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 Jubilee

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

This total was up by 46 per cent on the 2021 figure of 13,930 – when students were assessed by teachers – but down on the last pre-pandemic figure of 24,260 in 2019.

Lady Louise was among those fortunate…



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