The Queen, 93, is the longest-lived and longest-reigning British monarch throughout history. While royal fans love the younger royal women, particularly those seen to be modernising influences on the Royal Family, the Queen remains treasured in the hearts of the people. But which of the younger generations of royal women is the Queen’s favourite?
The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for 72 years, during which time they had four children.
In total, the Queen’s immediate and direct female relatives include: one daughter, four granddaughters and five great-granddaughters.
But she has an additional five royal women in her family through marriage: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Autumn Philips.
But out of all of her additional daughters and grand-daughters in law, who is the Queen’s favourite?
According to a former royal equerry the Queen’s Sandringham staff often place bets on who will accompany her in the Rolls Royce as she makes her way to church each week – a privilege which is seen to show her preference for certain individuals over others.
And the winner of this unofficial competition is Sophie Wessex.
A former royal equerry told Fabulous Digital: “If Sophie Wessex is staying at Sandringham then you can pretty much guarantee the Queen will ask her – usually last thing on a Saturday night – if she would like ‘a lift’ to the church,” reveals a former royal equerry.
“And the same happens at Balmoral. The Queen likes to be completely calm before church and she finds Sophie’s presence soothing.
“Who gets the backseat is also one of those quirky royal ways that signals who is in favour – for example Princess Anne may be staying at the same time, but how often do you see her in the Rolls?”
According to Fabulous Digital, the journey to church begins with the 54-year-old wife of Edward assisting with smoothing a Tartan blanket over the Queen’s lap.
A senior royal aide added: “She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall.
“She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.
“The Queen is also mindful that Sophie’s marriage has survived where her other children’s relationships have failed – and she knows that is in no small way down to Sophie’s dedication – she is aware, as his Edward’s mother, what a tricky creature he can be.
“And not only has Sophie flourished as a dedicated, albeit still relatively junior member of the Royal family, she has brought up two teenagers who are well-balanced, sporty, amusing and delightful.”
In fact, an 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.
“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.”