Lady Louise Windsor attends Commonwealth Games with family
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Lady Louise Windsor is in her first year at St Andrews University in Scotland, the same university attended by Kate Middleton and Prince William. This is also where their romance first blossomed.
The late Queen’s youngest granddaughter Louise is well into her first term at St Andrews University in Scotland after Buckingham Palace said she had achieved excellent grades in her exams and was preparing to leave home to study English Literature at the famous university.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward’s daughter completed her A-Levels at St Mary’s School in Ascot, Berkshire, and is said to have studied English, History, Politics and Drama.
Her place at St Andrews University excited royal fans as she is following in the footsteps of the Prince and Princess of Wales who met at the historic university.
But it would seem that there is one key tradition at Louise’s reported Halls of Residence which has previously been described as a “daunting” experience.
St Andrews University is famously where Kate and William met in 2001 when they both signed on to do a degree in History of Art and lived in the exclusive St Salvator’s Hall.
While the Prince of Wales later changed his mind and completed a degree in geography instead, the pair both did incredibly well in their studies.
St Salvator’s, or ‘Sallies’ as it is known by students. is reportedly where Lady Louise Windsor is living during her first year, much like Prince William and Kate.
The fully catered accommodation offers a whole host of handy amenities – including an IT suite, a common room with a snooker table, and a weekly cleaning service.
The halls also have one historic tradition known as the High Table which sees a small selection of top students invited along for a posh three-course dinner each week to join a high-ranking member of the university, such as a Professor, or an influential former student for an intellectual discussion in the dining room.
Monica Burns, a former resident at St. Salvator’s, described her memories of the random tradition in a blog post for the Museum of the University of St. Andrews.
She wrote: “As formal and intimidating as this sounds, what I found was that it was just fancy embellishments over what is just a friendly and social dinner with your friends and members of university staff.”
The former student explained that there is also plenty of alcohol on offer to loosen students’ nerves and encourage them to speak freely, with a sherry reception to start and a glass of port in the Regent’s Room to finish.
“Every student in [the] hall is invited to High Table over the course of the year so that everybody gets a shot,” she added.
In an interview for The Times in 2020, Sophie, Countess of Wessex described her daughter as “clever” and opened up about her education.
Sophie said: “She’s working hard and will do A-levels. I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to.”
Before she went off to St Andrews, it emerged that Lady Louise Windsor had spent the summer working in a local garden centre.
Ingrid Stewart, editor-in-chief 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.”
Upon meeting Lady Louise in the unlikely setting, one customer 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.”
Another shopper told The Sun that staff seemed to “adore” Louise.
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