Queens youngest granddaughter babysits William and Kates children over summer

The Queen’s youngest granddaughter is babysitting for Prince William and Kate Middleton during the school holidays.

Lady Louise Windsor is lending a hand to the royal couple as they try to find activities for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis during the summer break.

The 17-year-old has enjoyed most of her summers at Balmoral, the Windsor’s much-loved Scottish summer holiday retreat, from a young age, reports The Mirror.

Throughout the trip, Louise is said to have made herself useful and impressed senior royals by looking after the family’s younger members.

A source told French magazine Gala: "Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children (Charlotte, George and Louis) when they were up here."

Princess Charlotte, six, is said to have a particularly close relationship with Louise – despite being 11 years younger.

The source added: "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.”

Louise is the eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Royal commentators have drawn comparisons between Louise’s artistic talent and that of her uncle Prince Charles, who is handy with watercolours.

Her Majesty The Queen was officially welcomed to the private estate by a guard of honour that included a Shetland pony mascot last month.

It marks the first time she has holidayed at Balmoral since the death of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

The family love the Scottish home and it has long been a welcome place of sanctuary since Queen Victoria’s day.

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It has spectacular views of the Scottish highlands and offers the royals a chance to enjoy long walks and relax in private.

In light of recently impressing senior royals, Louise is expected to be given the opportunity to take up a role as a working royal or focus on her higher education.

She received her AS-level results last week and is expected to complete her A-level qualification next year.

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