James Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is quite the teenager. The young man, who is rarely seen as an active royal, attended last Sunday’s service at Westminster Abbey in honor of Queen Elizabeth II‘s late husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The cameras managed to capture Viscount Severn when he arrived at the abbey in the company of his parents and his sister Lady Louise Windsor, the young boy, who is currently 14 years old, maintains a profile completely away from the media spotlight. However, his parents have gained more prominence within the monarchy after the resignation of Prince Harry and the almost obligatory departure of Prince Andrew.
The cousin of Princes William and Harry was seen dressed in a dark suit, as part of the dress code for the solemn ceremony that brought together representatives of all European monarchies.
Although his mother, the Countess of Wessex, assured that he may not assume an official position in the monarchy, everything could change when he turns 18.
The Queen’s favorite daughter in law, she went so far as to state that her children will most likely not assume their official roles as members of the U.K. royal family when they come of age.
“We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living,” she said during an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine. “Therefore, we made the decision not to use actual titles. They have them and they may decide to use them from the age of 18, but I think it’s unlikely,” he revealed at the time.