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Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter is no ordinary teenage girl, making the most of the opportunities she has at her disposal

Kensington Palace announced that Lady Louise Windsor is heading to college and will be working a part-time job.

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Earlier this month, Lady Louise Windsor, like many students her age, found out how she did on her Advanced Placement tests. These certifications mark an important academic milestone for students because they are the most common entry requirement for universities in the United Kingdom (according to The Uni Guide). A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed (via Twitter) that Louise had been accepted to the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, the same school where her cousin Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, met Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. It is unclear what grades Louise received on results day (via Vogue).

The couple took a year off between high school and college (as reported by the Express), as do many British students. It is common for students to take a gap year between high school and college to gain work experience or travel the world (via Top Universities). There is no rule that says you have to take a year off between high school and college, but many people find that it’s a welcome break from their studies and a great chance to broaden your horizons.

There’s a Misconception About Lady Windsor’s Income.

It appears that Lady Louise Windsor, like her cousin the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William’s older brother, has decided against taking a gap year. She plans to spend the summer in the United Kingdom before making the trek to St. Andrews in Scotland come September (via Twitter). According to reports, the royal has been working as a garden center clerk since finishing her A-Levels in June (her results were released on August 18 via Prospects).

The Sun reports that Louise earns £6.68 (about $7.90) per hour for working in a flower shop, where her duties include ringing up customers, assisting them within the shop, and watering, potting, and caring for the plants. Although The Sun reports that her age group has a £6.38 minimum wage, it is unclear whether this is her first job or if she is simply getting work experience. In the United Kingdom, secondary school students often participate in a work experience program that lasts for two weeks (via Groundwork).

Lady Louise Has No Interest In Joining The Royal Work Force.

It is unknown which greenhouse Lady Louise Windsor has been employed by (for obvious reasons). Despite this, her service has been highly praised by her clients. One coworker raved to The Sun that “she is a really modest and sweet young woman who is polite and attentive to customers” and “seemed to be loving the job.” According to another member of staff: “All of the employees absolutely adore her. It’s not every day that a prince or princess is selling you begonias.

The newspaper claims that Sophie, the eldest child of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Countess of Wessex, is working there “several days a week” as she gets ready to make the transition to university life. Despite the fact that she was 18th in line to the throne, she apparently did not take advantage of the opportunity to become a working royal (via The Sun). Instead, the three daughters of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York, seem to be setting a precedent for Louise to follow (via the Express).

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