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Entertainment Prince Philip leave prized possession to granddaughter Lady Louise

08:40  20 april  2021
08:40  20 april  2021 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Lady Louise Windsor, Sophie, Countess of Wessex are posing for a picture: Lady Louise Windsor is said to be a 'natural' at carriage riding. © Getty Lady Louise Windsor is said to be a 'natural' at carriage riding.

Prince Philip has left his prized ponies to his granddaughter Lady Louise, who shares his passion for carriage driving.

Lady Louise, 17, who is the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex, was taught the sport by her late grandfather.

The Duke of Edinburgh was seen watching Louise as she placed third at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2019.

Philip's prized green carriage and two of his beloved ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, were included in the arrangements for his funeral on Saturday.

The duke took up carriage driving after retiring from polo at 50 due to an arthritic wrist.

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The sport became a formative part of his later life and one of his greatest passions, the royal even drafting the official rules for international horse carriage riding competitions.

In a guidebook he wrote about the sport, Philip said: "I am getting old, my reactions are getting slower, and my memory is unreliable, but I have never lost the sheer pleasure of driving a team through the British countryside."

a horse drawn carriage in front of a building: Philip began designing driving carriages in the 1970s. © Getty Philip began designing driving carriages in the 1970s.

Lady Louise will care for and exercise Philip's black ponies as part of her inheritance.


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An insider told The Sun the teenager had become the Queen's "favourite grandchild" after spending time with her grandparents at their holiday home in Balmoral.

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Philip's ponies played a central role in his funeral on Saturday, pulling the four-wheeled dark green carriage designed by the duke eight years ago.

The carriage stayed in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle while his coffin, placed on a Land Rover, was carried past in the funeral procession.

Philip began designing driving carriages in the 1970s.

Among his 800 royal patronages, he was the president of the International Equestrian Federation, drafting the first global rules for carriage-driving in 1968.

At the funeral, Lady Louise paid tribute to her grandfather and their mutual adoration for the sport by wearing a brooch featuring a horse head design on it.

Her mother, Sophie Wessex, told Woman & Home her daughter's aptitude for carriage driving may be hereditary.

"I trail in her wake frankly. She is naturally so good at it, she really is. It's something that she has taken to very well."

Lady Louise Windsor, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex standing in front of a brick building: Lady Louise was seen in Windsor Great Park in his carriage, exercising the ponies. © PA Images via Getty Images Lady Louise was seen in Windsor Great Park in his carriage, exercising the ponies.

Prince Philip died aged 99 on the morning of April 9.

That day, Lady Louise was seen in Windsor Great Park in his carriage, exercising the ponies.

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