Excuse me, but did you know Queen Elizabeth has a favorite grandchild and it is most certainly not Prince Harry or Prince William? Meet Lady Louise Windsor, the 17-year-old daughter of Prince “I Used to Be Surprisingly Hot” Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who—along with her brother James—has managed to stay pretty out of the royal spotlight. But now that Lady Louise’s parents are taking on more royal duties in the wake of Meghan and Harry moving to America, things might change.

Because one never knows how many seasons of The Crown there could be (JK, there are gonna be six), here’s what you need to know about Lady Louise.

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She’s 13th in Line to the Throne

Lady Louise is Queen Elizabeth’s youngest granddaughter, which puts her 13th in line to the throne. So the chances of her ever ruling England seem…slim. Here’s an order of succession if you wanna get nerdy with me:

Her Name Is Packed Full of Meaning

Lady Louise’s full name is “Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor.” Let’s break it down…

Elizabeth: an obvious reference to Queen Elizabeth.
Mary: the name of Queen Elizabeth’s father’s mother, Mary of Teck (wife of King George V).
Louise: the name of Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter.
Alice: the name of Prince Philip‘s mother

There’s a Reason She’s Not a Princess

So, you may have noticed that Louise uses “Lady” despite being cousin to Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Prince William, and Prince Harry.

windsor, england   march 27  princess eugenie and princess beatrice with lady louise windsor attend the easter sunday service at st georges chapel on march 27, 2016 in windsor, england  photo by mark cuthbertuk press via getty images

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Y tho? Apparently, her parents simply didn’t want their kids to be Princesses and Princes—and according to The Express, they obtained the Queen’s consent to opt out. This also means…

She (Probably) Won’t Go By “HRH”

HRH stands for Her/His Royal Highness, and while Edward and Sophie’s kids are entitled to use it when they turn 18, they’re likely won’t. 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.”

She’s the Last Royal to Wear the ~ORIGINAL~ Christening Gown

Why is this important, you ask? Honestly it isn’t, unless you’re weirdly into the lore of this old white nightgown the royals have been passing onto their bbs.

The original gown was made for Queen Victoria in 1841, and was used until Queen Elizabeth decided it was too fragile and made a replica. Here’s Prince Louis wearing said replica at his christening:

london, england   july 09 catherine, duchess of cambridge carries prince louis of cambridge at his christening service at st jamess palace on july 09, 2018 in london, england photo by dominic lipinski   wpa poolgetty images

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She’s the Queen’s Favorite Grandchild

No offense to Prince William and Prince Harry, but Queen Elizabeth simply likes Louise best, that’s all. A source 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. Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children when they were up here. Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer. Because of her obvious artistic skill, the Queen allowed Louise to look through some of the collection of Queen Victoria’s Highlands sketches which are kept at Balmoral but are rarely dug out these days.”

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She Was a Bridesmaid at Kate and William’s Wedding

london, england   april 29  prince harry and bridesmaid lady louise windsor depart the royal wedding of prince william to catherine middleton at westminster abbey on april 29, 2011 in london, england the marriage of the second in line to the british throne was led by the archbishop of canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign royal family members and heads of state thousands of well wishers from around the world have also flocked to london to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the royal wedding  photo by mike marslandwireimage

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I mean…cute! Also, in case you’re wondering, she was a mere guest at Meghan and Harry’s wedding:

britains prince edward, earl of wessex, 2l and his wife britains sophie, countess of wessex, r arrive with their children britains lady louise windsor 2l and james, viscount severn for the wedding ceremony of britains prince harry, duke of sussex and us actress meghan markle at st georges chapel, windsor castle, in windsor, on may 19, 2018 photo by chris jackson  pool  afp        photo credit should read chris jacksonafp via getty images


Her Passion Is…Carriage Driving

Honestly, love this for her.

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CARRIAGES R LIFE, this photo seems to say.

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In conclusion: Lady Louise seems chill and I need to go become a competitive carriage driver, anon!

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