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EXCLUSIVE: One royal expert has suggested that claims Lady Louise Windsor won’t undergo royal duties “could change”.
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Lady Louise will turn 20 on November 8 (Image: GETTY)
Lady Louise Windsor is celebrating her 20th birthday today in what couple be the final few years away from the royal spotlight.
A royal expert has claimed that the young royal is poised to ramp up her royal duties and help out her cousin Prince George once she has completed her studies.
The late Queen Elizabeth’s youngest granddaughter is currently studying English at the University of St Andrews, the same higher education institution that the Prince and Princess of Wales attended in the early 2000s.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams suggested that Lady Louise, who celebrates her 20th birthday today, may be in place to undergo royal duties in a marked shift to the original plan that had been laid out for her.
Lady Louise, who is Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie’s only daughter, remains largely out of the royal spotlight and only appears at the occasional event, such as the King’s Coronation back in May.
With the royal getting older, many have questioned whether she will be set to take on more royal duties – despite being 16th in line to the throne.
Mr Fitzwilliams added: “Louise is 20 [on November 8], studying English at St Andrews and keen on carriage driving, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Prince Philip.
“The plans for her future, as outlined by her mother, the Duchess of Edinburgh, in 2020, do not involve royal duties but this could change.”
Speaking of the possibility that the monarchy could be slimmed-down, Mr Fitzwilliams pointed out that this phrase is being “less frequently used” – suggesting that the royal could be set to step up.
He added that Lady Louise’s future as a working royal is “undoubtedly a possibility”, adding that “whilst she completes her studies without the undesirable media attention she would otherwise receive”.
Lady Louise is currently at university studying English (Image: GETTY)
He said: “Normally, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, who carry out some charitable duties, would have been ideal to step in.
“However their official involvement, owing to their father’s disgrace, would be highly controversial.”
At the present time, only four of the working royals are under the age of 70 – the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and the Prince and Princess of Wales.
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Lady Louise appears extremely popular (Image: PA)
It was previously suggested as a potential future issue for Prince George, who is currently second-in-line to the throne.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “It is absolutely clear that with only four working royals under 70, there will be fewer engagements carried out.
“This is not likely to change until [Prince] George and his siblings are able to perform royal duties, by which time several of them will have stood down owing to age.”
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