One of the Queen’s granddaughters, Lady Louise Windsor, has been spotted working away in a garden centre in Surrey, close to her parents’ Bagshot home. The job likely pays just over the national minimum wage for 18-year-olds, £6.83.
18-year-old Lady Louise is thought to have taken the job while waiting for her A-Level results. Yesterday, she won a place at St Andrew’s University, following in the footsteps of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Daughter of Prince Edward, the youngest child of the Queen, and Sophie Wessex, Lady Louise helped out on the tills, greeted customers, and took care of plants waiting to be sold during her time at the garden centre. She was reportedly working several days a week.
“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,” one shopper told the Sun. Another garden centre visitor added: “The staff seemed to adore her. It’s not every day you buy your begonias off a royal.”
Another shopper, 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 grand-daughter would take on a role working behind a till.”
While it may be surprising to see a royal in a retail role, Lady Louise rejected the chance to become a working royal when she turned 18 last year. Many young people take summer jobs in between finishing exams in May or June and heading off to university in September, so it’s likely that Lady Louise had the same idea.
The young royal was in Balmoral with her grandmother the Queen when she found out her A-Level results on Thursday, August 18. Her exact grades are unknown but it’s confirmed that Lady Louise will be heading off to St Andrews in a few weeks time.