Lady Louise Windsor to inherit Prince Philip's carriage and ponies featured at funeral


The 17-year-old, who share Prince Philip’s love for carriage driving, is set to be passed on this memento of the Duke of Edinburgh, sources have said. Lady Louise, they explained, will regularly exercise the two black ponies who have accompanied the Duke of Edinburgh’s carriage rides for more than a decade.

And she will also receive the Duke’s dark green carriage, the insiders told the Daily Mail.

Prince Philip taught carriage driving to both Lady Louise and her mother Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

In 2019, the Duke of Edinburgh proudly watched his granddaughter taking part in a carriage driving competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

Lady Louise showed to have been taught well, as she came third.

The teenager paid tribute to her grandfather on the morning he died, on April 9.

Then, Lady Louise was pictured in Windsor Great Park driving Prince Philip’s carriage.

Prince Philip’s love for horse-drawn carriage driving was marked on the day of his funeral.

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His two horses and carriage were led inside the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle minutes before the funeral procession started.

The tribute was even more touching as on the carriage seat had been laid down Prince Philip’s driving cap, gloves, whip, blanket and a tub containing sugar lumps for the horses.

His black ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, were born in 2008 – with the former being bred by the Queen.

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His last carriage was created following the Duke’s guidelines eight years ago, when he was 91.

Ever since being completed, the Duke used this aluminium and steel carriage to ride around Windsor and other royal estates.

Prince Philip picked up carriage riding in his 50s, when he was forced to give up polo due to an arthritic wrist.

Speaking about his carriage driving skills in an interview in 2017, Prince Philip joked about “smashing regularly” his Balmoral Dogcart.

He said: “It had to be rebuilt up every year because it got smashed regularly.

“I drove in Poland in the international, I didn’t smash it up that time, but it usually got smashed.”

His interest in carriage driving is believed to have been sparked in the late 1960s, when as president of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports he started drawing the first international rules for carriage driving.

Lady Louise and his brother James, Viscount Severn, were the youngest members of the Royal Family to attend Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday.

Only 30 people, in accordance with the Government regulations, headed to St George’s Chapel at 3pm to say their final goodbyes to the Duke.

The Queen, who married Prince Philip in 1947, sat apart from any other member of the Royal Family.

The poignant ceremony had been meticulously planned by the Duke, who did not want a eulogy or readings by his relatives – but had to be adapted owing to the ongoing pandemic.

After the funeral, the Queen invited 15 people to Windsor Castle for a reception.



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