Lady Louise Windsor, the daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, will have to make a big decision when she turns 18 later this year and it will be a choice that will change the course of her life.
When Windsor becomes of age, she will need to make a choice if she'll join the Firm and become a working royal like her parents. If she becomes a working royal, she will help Queen Elizabeth with her duties as the monarch, as well as the monarchs who will succeed her, such as Prince Charles and Prince William.
If she decides to be a working royal, the Countess of Wessex can mentor her to grow into her role. It takes years for members of the royal family who do public service to be very comfortable in what they do.
However, if she decides not to join the Firm, Lady Louise Windsor an pursue her own private employment when she is done with college. It bears noting that her father once charted a path as a royal earning a private income when he decided to build his own production company. However, this venture didn't last and Edward soon returned to the Firm to help his mother.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex have raised Windsor and her brother, James, Viscount Severn away from the royal spotlight. They even chose to style their children's names differently instead of the traditional HRH (His/Her Royal Highness) distinction.
However, the Countess of Wessex once said that if it were up to her to decide, she wouldn't want her children to take on official roles with the Firm. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Sophie was certain that her daughter will look for a different path as she made sure her kids with Edward were brought up with the knowledge that they will have to earn their own money and make their own living.
But since the death of Prince Philip, royal experts said that the Firm is at a crossroads as it becomes more glaring that they need more members of the royal family to help with work. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as Prince Andrew, have been working royals but they've since resigned from their jobs. The children of Prince William and Kate Middleton, on the other hand, are too young for official roles. The other Windsor cousins -- Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips -- have chosen to work for a living when they became of age.
Meanwhile, Windsor took out her grandfather's horse carriage around Windsor Castle on the day he died. Philip used to ride with his youngest granddaughter and he taught her how to manage the ponies on the carriage.
Windsor was pictured driving the carriage on the grounds just hours after Queen Elizabeth confirmed that her husband of 73 years has passed away. She then joined her parents for a special service for Philip at the All Saints Chapel inside the Windsor grounds with Prince Andrew, Edward's other brother. After the service Lady Louise Windsor was with her parents when they talked to a crowd of people, albeit socially distanced, who wanted to personally give their sympathies to the royal family.