James, Viscount Severn , is the youngest grandson of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the son of Prince Edward and Sofia, Countess of Wessex . James is fourteenth in line to the royal throne, following his older sister, Lady Louise Windsor. Unlike his cousins, he’s been living a life away from the limelight , and it’s about as private as it gets for a member of the UK’s most famous family.
The loss of Queen Elizabeth was one of the rare occasions when the queen’s best grandson made a public appearance along with his cousins at the funeral. James, Viscount Severn, followed the lead of her cousins, and the queen’s eight grandchildren lined up at the coffin to pay her respects, then attended the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. He too was seen traveling to Windsor for the Queen’s Commitment Service at St George’s Chapel. In a moving show of respect, Queen Elizabeth II’s eight grandchildren stood vigil by her coffin at Westminster Hall on September 17.
James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, was born in 2007 at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey; and like his parents, Edward and Sofia received the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex from Queen Elizabeth, when they married in 1999; His children inherited the traditional markers of Viscount and Dame. As for the Severn title, it is derived from the River Severn in Wales, referring to Sofia’s “Welsh family roots”.
James, Viscount Severn, grew up at the royal residence of Bagshot Park, 10 miles south of Windsor, making him very close to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth. The Earl and Countess of Wessex moved into the property in 1999 and have, for the most part, raised their children out of the limelight. “Certainly when they were very young, we tried to keep them out of the way,” Sofia told the BBC in 2016. “Just because, for their sake, we grew up as normally as possible, we felt it was very important.”
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the Countess of Wessex said that she and Edward tried to “raise [the children] with the understanding that they will most likely have to work for a living” and give them the decision of whether they would do so. they like to use the titles of His Royal Highness. “They do have them and they can decide to use them from the age of 18, but it’s very unlikely,” she said.
Thanks to this, James, Viscount Severn, currently seems to be focused on his school work and hobbies, one of which is a love of fishing. “His enthusiasm of his for fly-fishing delighted Queen Elizabeth, because it is a sport loved by James’ great-grandmother, the late Queen Mother ,” a source told The Sun newspaper. “James was on the Dee as often as possible, wading up to his armpits,” they continued. “His mother, Sofia, a keen fisherwoman, liked to be with him.” This is what always united James with his beloved grandmother.
Although James, Viscount Severn attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, he did not accompany his family out of Balmoral to see the many bouquets left in honor of the monarch. Her parents Prince Edward and Sofia were joined on the tour by her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, touchingly holding her mother’s hand as they walked into the crowd. Although there was no official information about why James did not appear with his parents and older sister, it is likely that Sofía and Eduardo made the decision to protect his privacy and keep him out of the spotlight. Sharing that pain publicly may have been too much pressure for the young teenager.